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How to get rid of cockroaches? I didn’t even know they existed. I was sixteen years old when I had my first encounter with a cockroach. It was 4:30 in the morning in the ’80s and I was ratting my hair to stand 4 foot tall. When I caught a movement out of the corner of my eye. It was huge! At first, I thought it was a rat. I, of course, screamed a blood-curdling scream.
I had never seen anything like this. What the heck was it? A rat? My poor grandfather could have had a heart attack. He came running in expecting me to be dying. I pointed at the cause of my scream and he laughed and explained it was a sewer cockroach. The sight of one of these multi-legged, hard-shelled visitors crawling across the floor can make you scream but when they are rat size you better bet I was going to figure out a way to get rid of them.
In case you didn’t know roaches are a large, disgusting insect, with six legs, and 18 knee joints. There are more than 5,000 species in the world, but the most common are the German cockroach and the American cockroach.
Initially, cockroaches may infest your home from the outside, finding cracks, gaps under doors, and other ways to enter the home, attracted by warmth, darkness, and spoiling food or standing water, in things like open garbage pails, unwashed dishes. As big as they may seem, a cockroach can insinuate itself through almost any opening. They don’t like the light.
in getting rid of cockroaches is hygiene. If you have stored vegetables that are rotting, open containers of food in cupboards, or unsecured garbage pails, remove all refuse and replace containers with those that seal tightly. Check under appliances, in cupboards, basement corners, and other dark places for traces of black gritty dirt that has an oily appearance. This is roach feces and a sign that you have a problem.
Second, you can destroy roaches quickly
with a contact poisons/sprays, and residual sprays which leave time released ingredients in your cupboards and on the surfaces where sprayed, that will work pretty quickly and continue to work over 3-4 weeks. The problem with this is that you set these off and leave the house for a few hours. You will return to several dead roaches and the smell.
“roach motels” that can be placed in your cupboards. Sometimes it may take a combination of several methods, such as an immediate contact kill substance, and then roach motels in places where you have evidence of previous inhabitants.
you can also take preventative measures, such as sprinkling powdered boric acid in between walls, and around foundations where they may have entered the house. This is generally a safe product and will be carried on the roach’s feet, to wherever they are hiding and breeding.
Note of caution for you: Pesticides can be highly toxic to humans and pets. Spray treatments should never be carried out without proper respiratory protection, and first removing of all food, pets and dishes or other items that your food may come in contact with.