Cockroaches are bad news in general…but even worse is the fact that if you see one in your house, there are likely hundreds more hiding away somewhere. If you’re past the point of seeing one or two and know you already have a cockroach infestation, it’s time to take action. Keep reading to find out what to do if you have a cockroach infestation in your house…

Clean, Clean, Clean

Even if you think your house is already pretty clean…clean some more. Cockroaches will find any sustenance they can to survive, so it’s time to think outside the box. Pull out your appliances to clean crumbs, grease, and liquid spills that may have accumulated over time. Empty out your kitchen cabinets and pantry to do a full clean of walls and shelves, removing crumbs and spills that could be attracting roaches. When you replace the items from cupboards and the pantry, be sure all food items are kept in tightly sealed containers. Make it a habit to clean your kitchen table, floor, countertops, and sink every night before bed, and be sure your trash can has a lid on it that seals when closed. Pet food and water dishes should be closed and properly stored to avoid attracting roaches to yet another food and water source. Finally, restrict food consumption to one area of the house – the kitchen and dining room. This will ensure that crumbs are not left behind in other areas of the house, drawing in even more cockroaches when you’re working so hard to keep the kitchen clear of crumbs. 

Keep Your Home in Tip-Top Shape

Roaches can be anywhere and everywhere. They are survivors, seeking out food, water, and shelter anywhere they possibly can. Check your home for cracks and crevices that could be entry points from their hiding places – seal off any openings that they may be passing through. Fix leaky faucets and plumbing that attracts roaches to an easy source of water. Keep your windows and doors properly sealed, ensuring there are door sweeps on exterior doors so roaches can’t pass underneath.

Set Up Bait and Bait Stations

If you suspect you have a cockroach infestation, roach bait may be a good option. Set bait in areas of high traffic and roach activity, such as the kitchen and bathrooms. If you can identify the points of entry, focus on leaving bait specifically in those areas to stop them from spreading into the rest of the house. 

Get Professional Help

The truth is that cockroaches are extremely invasive and can be very difficult to eradicate on your own. If you’ve already done everything you know to do and are still struggling with a cockroach infestation, it’s time to call a professional. A professional will have the knowledge, experience, and equipment necessary to eradicate the problem and prevent future recurrences. 

A cockroach infestation can be an overwhelming issue to deal with and live in. The physical and psychological stress of trying to eliminate and contain the situation can be wearing on even the most capable DIY-er…if you live in the Salinas, CA area and would prefer to have a professional handle your cockroach infestation, call Target Pest Control today for a free estimate.