How to Get Rid of Cockroaches in Tennessee
There are few things as unnerving and unwelcome as a cockroach infestation in your own home. Since cockroaches are nocturnal and prefer dark, moist spaces, it can be difficult to determine the extent of your infestation—or if you simply have one rogue cockroach. Still, one cockroach can quickly turn into many rogue cockroaches. U.S. Pest Protection has years of experience getting rid of the nastiest roach infestations, so be sure to follow these tips.
Keep Your Home Clean
Cockroaches infiltrate homes in search of food and moisture. As a result, one of the best ways to get rid of cockroaches is to ensure they don’t have access to those things in your home. Make sure to wash any dishes that have been sitting around and pack up any and all open food items for safekeeping. You’ll also want to get rid of any standing water in your kitchen, basement, or bathrooms.
However, cockroaches are also master scavengers and are perfectly fine with consuming a wide variety of items. Cockroaches will eat whatever is in your trash, so take out the trash before you go to bed or buy trash cans that are sealed off. Roaches will also happily eat grease and even toothpaste, so keep that in mind as you clean, too.
Caulk and Close Entry Points
Cockroaches enter your home from the outdoors. While closing entry points won’t necessarily get rid of the cockroaches you already have, it will help stop your infestation from getting worse and help you turn the tide of battle against the roaches. Be sure to address:
- Doors and windows
- Cracks in the foundation or roof
- At the base of the home exterior
- Plumbing and piping
Again, remember: Cockroaches seek food and moisture. If they can find their way into your home, they will be able to do so again and again until the root of the problem is addressed—even if you keep your home clean.
Traps and Baits
If you only see one cockroach or are confident that you don’t have a more serious issue going on, store-bought traps and baits can be an option if used correctly.
Traps work by attracting cockroaches, generally via some sort of scent. Once the roach finds its way to the trap, it will be trapped inside due to sticky residue that prevents them from escaping. Traps do not use insecticide and are the best option if you do not want to utilize any chemicals.
Baits work similarly but utilize insecticides. Instead of trapping cockroaches, baits disguise their cockroach-killing chemicals as food. Cockroaches that ingest the insecticide infect other cockroaches in their nests, helping to kill the whole colony. However, baits must be used carefully, especially if you have pets, as insecticides are toxic.
Say Goodbye to Cockroaches With U.S. Pest Protection
A cockroach infestation is one of the nastiest pest infestations that can happen to you. While there are steps you can take to limit the possibility of a cockroach infestation and to help get rid of them, a full cockroach infestation of your home is usually impossible to get rid of without professional help.
Thankfully, that’s where U.S. Pest Protection comes in. We have years of experience in getting rid of cockroaches—even the worst infestations. We use professional-grade solutions that are effective and environmentally friendly and back that up with a service guarantee.
Tired of cockroaches in your home? Do you need to get rid of cockroaches in your business before it gets out of hand? Don’t delay! Contact us and receive your free inspection today.