How to Eliminate Cockroaches
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Few things can invoke a shudder like the scurrying of cockroaches across the floor or countertops when turning on a light in the middle of the night. The creepy invaders can seem to appear out of nowhere and can be very determined to stay.
When the question of how to get rid of cockroaches becomes of paramount concern, it is probably important to take into consideration that these pesky insects were around during the days of the dinosaurs, so they are very resilient.
Look for Cockroach Entryways
While roaches are often carried into homes and businesses via grocery sacks, tote bags, luggage and other packages, sometimes they manage to find their way in through cracks under doors, windows or other structural weaknesses in buildings.
Sealing up these entrances with calk or other types of sealants may help prevent new cockroaches from joining the ones already present, but it does nothing to kill cockroaches.
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What about Pesticides and Roach Traps?
Using over-the-counter pesticides are often not effective against cockroaches. Remember, these tough insects survived the dinosaurs, and many species have developed a resistance to such chemicals, making the problem of how to get rid of cockroaches even more difficult to solve.
Roach traps are also available for consumers to purchase, and they can catch some of the roaches, but they do nothing to stop the inflow of the pests. They also do nothing to prevent the eggs from hatching into more pests.
Trust a Professional
Whether one is dealing with a few roaches or an infestation, the best course of action to kill cockroaches is to contact a professional exterminator.
These professionals are fully trained in the use of the chemicals that are effective in killing roaches. Additionally, professional exterminators know how to inspect for infestations and eradicate them. It is not enough to just kill cockroaches. It is important to kill the eggs, too.
Cockroaches may invite themselves in, but they do not have to become permanent residents.