Quit Bugging Me! How To Get Rid Of Roaches And Keep Them From Coming Back

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Even the cleanest of houses can end up with cockroaches. They just need to find a crack to sneak into your house; a warm, dark place to hide; and a tiny bit of moisture and crumbs to eat. If you have roaches in your house, you want to get rid of them as quickly and easily as possible. You also want to come up with ways to prevent more roaches from coming into your house. 

How to Get Rid of Roaches

  • Get rid of their food sources: If the roaches can't find anything to eat, they are going to find your house less attractive. Getting rid of their food sources can take some time. You are going to need to check all your pipes and faucets to make sure that they aren't leaking. Roaches can live on even the tiniest drip. You are also going to have to do things like washing dishes after each meal and keep your food sealed up.
  • Borax powder: You can find borax powders in the laundry aisle. It is a naturally occurring mineral. One benefit of using this option is that it is non-toxic. Mix it with something like sugar so that it attracts the roaches. You can just sprinkle some of it in your cabinets, behind your stove, and other similar places. The borax will get into the roaches' exoskeleton, dehydrating it. That will kill them. 
  • Glue traps: These are just little boards with an adhesive on them. You can place these in places you have seen a lot of roaches, or on their trails. If you put several down, it can be hard for the roaches to avoid them. A benefit of using these traps is that you can just toss them in the trash when they are full. 
  • Insecticides: There are a variety of insecticides that you can buy. One effective choice is an insecticide gel. Line the joints of counters and cabinets. Do be careful using this because they can be toxic. 

How to Prevent More Roaches

  • Seal your house: You can use some silicone based caulk to seal up any cracks and crevices. If you block them up, then you block the roaches' entrance points. This is really important if you are in any kind of shared housing, like an apartment, townhouse, or condo. You can't control what your neighbors do, but you can seal your house making it harder for them to get in. 
  • Get things away from your foundation: Since roaches like places to hide, if you have piles of stuff around your foundation the roaches can use them to hide. That can include moving your trashcans away from your house. That not only keeps the roaches away from a food source, but it denies them a hiding spot. 

If you can't get rid of them yourself or if you aren't comfortable with doing it yourself, then you can always call an exterminator, or pest control service, who can help you get rid of the problem and avoid it from happening again.