While your roach control products are working in the background, you can prevent future roaches by cleaning, sealing and organizing your home. If you’re thinking, Oh great, more chores, think of these as battle strategies, instead:
- Cleaning = starving roaches out by removing their food sources.
- Sealing up = eliminating roach entry points.
- Organizing = getting rid of nesting and egg-laying locations.
Anything roaches could possibly eat or drink: take it away from them. Every hiding place, entry point and escape route: close it off. Focus on problem areas, like the kitchen, bathroom, basement and any other space that’s dark and cluttered.
To control roaches in the kitchen
Use your vacuum to suck up all the crumbs cockroaches would love to eat from behind the stove and under the table. Wipe the grease splatter off of oven knobs and clean cooking scraps out of the drain and garbage disposal. You should be washing dishes (and wiping down pet bowls) every night, too.
Kitchen cabinets, especially the ones where you store food, are high-risk targets for hungry cockroaches. They’re prime locations for placing gel bait or silica gel.
If you’re not already doing so, store foods and ingredients in glass or metal containers (that roaches can’t chew through). If there’s extra space in the fridge, take advantage of its tight-fitting seal to store some food products there.
To control roaches in storage areas
These pests love using cardboard boxes to hide and lay their eggs in (they’ll feed on cardboard and paper, too). Send them packing by switching to plastic bins with tight-fitting lids.
Controlling roaches that try to make their way inside
Several kinds of roaches live outside, but will invade your home when conditions are right. Take a notebook and inspect the entire exterior of your house for cracks and holes that they could use to enter. Make it a priority to seal them up with steel wool, caulking or insulating foam to stop them well before they become a problem.