Cockroaches are one of the most despised creatures inside the home. They seem to appear out of nowhere and are difficult to get rid of. However, getting rid of them is possible and you may even be able to do it on your own.
If you can’t get rid of them easily, then don’t fret, we have answers to all of your questions so you can rest easy. This is your year, and your house should be as peaceful and inviting as possible.
Types Of Cockroaches
Cockroaches are resilient. They can live for a week without their head and they can hold their breath for forty minutes! That’s impressive. What’s also impressive is that there are over 4,000 types of cockroaches!
But enough about everything we wish cockroaches couldn’t do! Here are the most common types of cockroaches found in homes.
The American cockroach is usually under three inches. It is reddish-brown in color and has a yellow band behind its head. Each egg capsule contains about 16 eggs and females lay eggs about once a month. This is why they spread so quickly!
This is the most common type of cockroach in America and is likely the one you’re trying to get rid of.
The brown-banded cockroach is one of the smallest of the invasive cockroaches. They hardly ever get longer than 15mm, which is about half-an-inch. They get their name from the brown band on their backs.
These roaches aren’t as drawn to moisture and instead lay their eggs in furniture. Yep, if you see this cockroach around, he may be living in your furniture with his dozens of children. That’s fun to think about!
German cockroaches lay 40 eggs at once, making them one of the fastest spreading cockroaches in the world. Despite the name, they can be found in most countries. They are brown with two black horizontal stripes behind the head.
German cockroaches can fly but prefer not to. They are only slightly bigger than brown-banded cockroaches, but otherwise don’t look very similar to them.
Madagascar Hissing Cockroach
The Madagascar hissing cockroach is even scarier than its name. It is one of the largest cockroaches in the world at about 7.5cm. They have long horns and antennae and are one of the few cockroaches with visible gender differences.
Males have larger pronotal humps on their thorax and bushier antennae than females. Males are known to be aggressive as well but neither male nor female pose any danger to humans. In fact, most cockroaches are completely harmless.
Like the Madagascar cockroach, the males and female oriental cockroach are different in appearance. Males rarely reach 25mm while females are a few millimeters longer. However, males have wings whereas females do not.
Females simply have a wing covering which stretches across their back and protects their thorax.
The smokybrown cockroach is one of the only cockroaches that not only has wings but uses them as their primary means of transportation. They rarely reach 40mm in length and are shiny black or mahogany in color.
Will Cockroaches Go Away On Their Own?
The bad thing about cockroaches is that they will not just go away. There is no timer that goes off, sending them home. They live, breed, and eat in your home until you get rid of them with a little elbow grease.
Another thing about cockroaches is that if you see one, there’s more. In fact, how ever many cockroaches you see, there are at least ten times more hiding in your walls and behind furniture. They multiply fast and there’s always more than you think.
How To Prevent Cockroaches
The first step in getting rid of cockroaches is to prevent them from gathering in the first place. If you get rid of them but don’t prevent more from coming back, then all the work you have done will have been for nothing.
Keep your house clean by doing small chores every day and deep clean at least once a month.
It’s that time of year again. It doesn’t have to be springtime to deep clean your house. You can do it this week and the results will be well worth it. Whenever you do deep clean, keep those cockroaches in mind.
Clean out cabinets, check the inside of your furniture, and make sure there aren’t any droppings in the bottom of your closets.
Seal Your House
Clogging any holes around the house will prevent roaches from finding a way inside. Walk the border of your home both inside and out and mark any places that need to be filled. Use spray foam to take care of large holes and cracks.
For smaller cracks, you can use silicone or caulk. Both are effective in sealing out moisture and air from the outside. You can use them to leave bugs without any access to your home.
Cockroaches are attracted to moisture. So make sure that you keep your dirty clothes sealed up, your pipes dry, and don’t leave anything wet out. Not only can doing these things prevent cockroaches but they can prevent mold as well.
It’s always a good idea to keep your house dry and cool. Moisture builds in heat. Not to mention, roaches are attracted to warm, moist areas.
Seal Trash, Garbage, And Food Containers
Cockroaches are primarily attracted to two things: moisture and food. If you dry everything up, all that’s left is food. Remove any food source that may attract them and you just may prevent them for good.
But how do you get rid of the cockroaches already roaming around your house?
How To Get Rid Of Cockroaches Naturally
When you can, it’s best to get rid of cockroaches naturally. Unlike ants, which are easy to get rid of without chemicals or over-the-counter products, cockroaches need a little more work. If you’ve come this far, chances are, it will all be worth it.
Boric acid is the number one way to kill cockroaches with the items you likely already have in your home. You can sprinkle it in popular roach hangouts or, mix it with powdered sugar and bait the roach out.
Diatomaceous earth is the most effective way to kill cockroaches. Use the same method you would use with boric acid. The way it works is that cockroaches walk on it or eat it. This dries them out, leaving them hollow shells.
How To Get Rid Of Cockroaches With Over-The-Counter Methods
Since getting rid of cockroaches without buying anything special is difficult, most people resort to an over-the-counter method. This doesn’t mean it has to be full of chemicals, it just means you may need to buy something designed to get rid of cockroaches.
A roach bomb, or fogger, is about what you think it is. You literally gas the roaches out by spraying it in a confined space where they can’t escape. However, whenever you do place a bomb, you should leave your home while it airs out.
Roach bait works just like boric acid and powdered sugar do. It draws the roaches out, has them eat the harmful concoction, and leaves them to die. It’s a simple way to do it, but shouldn’t be used if there are dogs or children in the home.
A roach trap works like a mousetrap. You can line areas with glue traps that will catch the roach, leaving it alive, but stuck. You’ll have to clean them up, but then again, you will have to clean the dead roaches up no matter what method you use.
A roach tablet is usually a boric acid tablet that’s easier to use than powder. You place them in areas where you notice roaches and it can take care of them overnight. It’s the same as sprinkling the boric acid, just much simpler and cleaner.
Roach spray is probably the most common way to get rid of roaches. It works fairly well. You simply spray it around the perimeter of your house and hope for the best. It’s best to let your house air out afterward though and to stay outside for a few minutes.
You will also need to mop up the spray after it has done its job as you don’t want the chemicals sticking around for your family to touch or breathe.
Calling A Professional
If you’ve done all you can and the cockroaches keep coming back, you may need to call a professional. You will need to look up exterminators in your area online because there aren’t many companies that cover the entire country.
The professional will come in and spray your house, both inside and outside. You can continue on with your life while he’s there, simply move any furniture he requests you to move in order to get thorough coverage.
What most people don’t realize is that you can have a professional come in monthly at a discounted price and spray for cockroaches. Most companies, both private and public, will offer a great discount for this.
They can come once a month or on some other agreed-upon schedule. You can either pay ahead of time or after each visit. This is the perfect way to make sure that cockroaches stay gone for good!
Dead Cockroaches Are A Good Thing
Most people cringe at the sight of a dead cockroach. But the truth is that the more dead cockroaches you see, the better. Whether you do it yourself or call a professional, dead cockroaches around the house means that your method is working.