How to prevent cockroach?

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  • Molly Anmar Molly Anmar on Jul 23, 2017
    Cockroaches can be carried into homes in bags, boxes, and luggage. Corrugated cardboard boxes are a particularly good source of infestations. Examine containers that are brought into your home carefully for the presence of cockroaches or their egg capsules, especially if they are brought in from locations known to be infested with cockroaches.

    If you suspect cockroaches may have been brought into your home, set out sticky traps to monitor their presence. Place sticky traps so they are tight against edges, e.g. where walls meet floors (fig. 8). Place them in areas where cockroaches are likely to occur, e.g. in cupboards and around refrigerators, stoves, and sinks.

    Sanitation is very important to reduce cockroach infestations. Cockroaches need water and food to live. By limiting their access to these resources, you reduce their ability to survive and reproduce. It is difficult to make your home and other buildings completely unacceptable for cockroaches, but you can minimize an existing infestation when improving sanitation.
    • Do not leave food out over night; keep all food stored in a refrigerator or in insect-proof containers made of plastic, metal, or glass with tight-fitting covers.
    • Do not leave pet food and water out overnight.
    • Wash your dishes, pans, and utensils as soon as you are done using them.
    • Remove all food or spilled drinks from counter tops and clean counters, sinks, and tables with soapy water.
    • Vacuum all cracks and crevices to remove debris and food. Also sweep or vacuum any food and debris on floors.
    • Take garbage out daily in closed plastic containers; keep waste containers washed and clean.
    • Repair any leaky water pipes or faucets.
    • Recycle cans and bottles on a regular basis; wash and clean containers that hold recycling items.
    • Increase ventilation where condensation is a problem.

    Cockroaches also need favorable places to live to successfully live and reproduce. You can reduce cockroach numbers when you eliminate favorable sites.
    • Remove boxes, especially if they’re made from corrugated cardboard, newspapers, bags, and other unnecessary items that can clutter rooms. When storing items, leave space between the packages.
    • Use caulk to seal spaces and cracks where cockroaches hide. When an infestation exists in a home, concentrate on areas where cockroach numbers are the highest.
    Seal spaces, e.g. with steel wool, in apartments and other multi-unit dwellings where plumbing or electrical wiring goes through walls. Placing escutcheon plates at points where plumbing enters the wall will help prevent cockroaches moving to other areas in multi-unit dwellings.

    Scroll down about halfway to see management and control if you have an infestation:

  • 13526476 13526476 on Jul 23, 2017 Home
    How to get rid of roaches naturally
    Banishing roaches without toxic chemicals can be time-consuming, but well worth the effort.
    Chanie Kirschner

    You can keep cockroaches out of your home without toxic chemicals. It just takes some time and creativity. (Photo: paween/Shutterstock)
    Getting rid of roaches naturally can be a slow process. With powerful insecticides, you’ll see results right away, but you'll be exposing your family to toxic chemicals in the process. Getting rid of them naturally not only keeps your family from being exposed to harmful chemicals, but it can also prevent the problem from reoccurring. So how do you do it?
    1. Clean, clean and clean again. As with most household pests, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. What do I mean? You’ve got to make sure your house is spic-and-span, because cockroaches are attracted to food residue, particularly grease. That means wiping down the counters each night, never leaving dirty dishes in the sink, making sure the stovetop is clean and sweeping the floors before you go to bed. This may seem like a lot to do every day, but if you start doing this stuff on a regular basis, a 15-minute cleanup should be plenty at the end of each night to eliminate most residues (unless you have a party — or kids — and then cleanup will take a little longer).
    2. Seal up cracks and holes. That means inside your pantry, between the countertop and the wall, and in the baseboards. Roaches (and other insects) can crawl through even the smallest of spaces, so it’s important to seal the entries into your home. This may take time, but in the end, it’s worth the effort, especially if you live in an apartment and have neighbors who don’t maintain the same standards of cleanliness as you do. You can use a tube of caulk and a caulking gun to do the job.
     Roaches can't go very long without water, so seal up any leaks. (Photo: Andrey_Kuzmin/Shutterstock)
    3. Fix any water leaks. Roaches are attracted to moisture and water from leaks in pipes. That's why you often find them scurrying under your sink. Some cockroaches can survive for months without food, but only days without water. Close off their water sources by repairing even the tiniest of leaks. Don't let water stand in your sink and don't overwater indoor plants.
    4. Make your own, natural cockroach bait. Mix three parts boric acid with one part powdered sugar. The sugar lures the roaches, while the boric acid kills them. Although the boric acid isn't toxic to people or pets, it can be irritating so keep it away from counters and places where little fingers and noses can reach. Sprinkle it under and behind the refrigerator, stove and dishwasher, under the sink, and into cracks along the edges of cabinets and pantries.
     Diatomaceous earth is a natural insecticide that is safe for use around children and pets. (Photo: Anna Hoychuk/Shutterstock)
    5. Bring in the experts. If you want to get rid of roaches naturally and you’ve got a big infestation, try contacting a natural pest control company. My pest control company uses a substance called diatomaceous earth in the walls of my home (inserted through the holes around the wall outlets). Diatomaceous earth is a soft sedimentary rock that is easily crushed into a fine powder. It is used in many things (including some medicines and skin care products) but is often used as a mechanical insecticide because it causes an insect to die without the use of chemicals. Look for a pest control company in your area that uses the substance — it’s not harmful for you and your family and best of all, it’s effective.
    6. Keep your space as cool as possible. The American cockroach is one of the most common cockroaches in New York City. And when temperatures heat up there during the summer, many of them spread their wings and fly. (Shudder.) "With more heat they have more use of their muscles," the American Museum of Natural History's resident bug expert, Louis Sorkin, told NYC blog While you cannot control the weather, of course, keeping your apartment or home as cool as possible will at least confine cockroaches to the ground.
    7. Kill it with kindness … or just kill it. If you have a cockroach in the house right now and you don’t want to spray harmful insecticides inside your home, try spraying a little solution of soap and water on it. (I keep this stuff around to clean my countertops, by the way.) Because roaches, like most insects, breathe through their skin, the soap essentially suffocates them. Of course, you could just step on it!

  • Hialeah Rouge Hialeah Rouge on Jul 23, 2017
    Outdoors opossums eat roaches, fleas, ticks and many other nasties ! Make your yard possum friendly. Indoors, we use Bengal once every few months. I know - you're probably thinking - oh, a toxic spray, but roaches are really tough to get rid of indoors once you get them. Roach motels discreetly placed in out of reach corners and closets will help maintain a house fairly roach free.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on Jul 24, 2017
    Make sure you check things like toasters, microwaves, any appliences that they can get into to breed. They really like the crumb catchers in the toasters because there is always crumbs there. The back of microwaves they like too. Make sure anything like rice, flour, sugar, the staples that you leave in their boxes or bags get put into plastic or glass containers with good tight lids. I have lived in Galveston, TX and Naples, FL and both are great places for roach infestations. I now put everything into containers, even pasta. Those places made me change habits very quickly to stay roach free.

  • Ginny Ginny on Oct 19, 2017
    You can bring roaches home from the food store in your bags or on your shoes. They are crafty little buggers.

  • Casey Miller Casey Miller on Oct 19, 2017
    First, realize that roaches are trying to survive and to survive they must eat. So make sure, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week that there is nothing for them to eat. Sweep, clean, wash dishes and maintain a totally spotless home. While doing that you can go to your favorite home improvement store and purchase any of many roach baits, poisons and traps. Around the exterior of your house apply Home Defense liberally. Put roach traps everywhere. It's a combination of maintaining a spotlessly clean house to starve the bugs and using poisons, traps and barriers to keep new ones from coming in. Once you have them, they are hard to get rid of, but if you stay proactive, not leaving any food crumbs laying around, and cleaning continuously, your house will eventually be of no interest to them and they will disappear. Hope this helps