If you see one cockroach in your house, there are likely dozens or hundreds nesting nearby. These pests don't go far from their colony while looking for food. You and a pest control service will need to work together to get rid of the nests and prevent them from settling back into your house. Here is what needs to be done to remove those unsightly pests from your house.
Stopping a Cockroach Nesting Problem
To get rid of the existing cockroaches, pest control must find the nest and remove them. While they are doing this, you should remove any places that might become a future home for the pests. Cockroaches prefer cluttered areas free from human activity. Cleaning up those areas removes potential nesting sites.
- Clean out clutter in closets, shelves, drawers, cabinets and other storage areas in your house.
- Remove old furniture or appliances sitting in the basement and garage that you've been meaning to throw away.
- Remove everything from under kitchen and bathroom sinks. Wipe these spaces down with a bleach cleaner before replacing the items.
- Take books out of bookcases and wipe the shelves down with a bleach cleaner. Chew marks on pages and the binding are signs that cockroaches have been there.
Getting Rid of the Food Supply
Prevent the growth of a cockroach population by removing the food sources. It will take some time to see the effects of this on an existing nest because cockroaches can go without food for up to a month.
- Any opened food containers not stored in the refrigerator need to be kept in sealable containers. Dry foods, such as flour and cereal, are especially vulnerable to cockroaches.
- Take all food scraps and wrappers out of the house and place them in a tightly sealed trash can.
- Wipe any spills and crumbs off of the kitchen counter and sweep them off the kitchen floor immediately.
- Never leave food sitting out such as fruit, nuts, candy or other snack items.
- Don't leave pet food sitting out. Give your pet only as much as they can eat in one sitting then pick up the rest.
Prevent Access into the House
Cockroaches that nest underground will find ways into your house to their food sources. Find and seal off possible entryways inside.
- Seal openings around water pipes, drain pipes, vents and other items that extend through the exterior wall of your house.
- Make sure weatherstripping seals up openings around doors and windows.
- Make sure the garage door seals against the floor with no gaps. Use foam strips on the sides of the door if there are gaps when closed.
Between your efforts to prevent cockroaches from coming in and a pest service like Rainbow Pest Control eliminating the nest, you can get rid of these annoying pests.