Get Rid of Cockroaches in Apartment Buildings
Once cockroaches make their way into your home, it can be extremely difficult to get rid of them. Cockroaches are extremely adaptive, and can live under almost any conditions. This can be a problem if you live in an apartment complex. While you might be a neat freak, cleaning regularly and making sure that your apartment is spotless, you’re still at the mercy of tenants who inhabit other apartments. If they don’t have a clean lifestyle, it may make it more difficult to totally eliminate the infestation. Regardless of your situation, there are some measures you can take to help eliminate them and prevent more roaches from coming.
Locating Roaches in Your Apartment
The best way to locate cockroaches in your apartment is by setting traps. You’ll find sticky roach traps at your local hardware, which are fairly inexpensive. Pest control professionals have access to more powerful traps that can sometimes be more effective.
Getting Rid of Cockroaches in Your Home
After you’ve discovered the main areas where you have a problem, you’ll need to start eliminating them. One of the best ways is by taking a natural approach by using either diatomaceous earth or boric acid.
Using whichever product you choose, lightly dust it over surfaces where you have found the most roaches. It’s especially helpful to dust over doorways and on windowsills. Diatomaceous earth will probably work the fastest as it targets the pores and joints of the insect. Boric acid will also work well as it poisons each individual roach. You can also continue to set up sticky traps in various locations, making sure you have multiple ways to get rid of cockroaches.
Preventing Roaches From Returning to the Building
To help ensure that the cockroaches don’t return, it’s important to keep food containers tightly sealed. Don’t leave out foods that contain sugars and carbohydrates. You’ll also want to use soap dispensers instead of bar soaps, as cockroaches can and will eat soap. Sweep and vacuum your floors daily and make sure that your counters are wiped clean. The main priority is to not have any small particles of food around. Also, use silicone caulk to close up any small gaps or cracks that you find in any of the wall areas.
The one thing you do not want to use to get rid of cockroaches in apartment buildings is roach spray. This does nothing to kill or prevent them, and will actually just guide them into the next apartment. If tenants continue to all use cockroach spray, they are simply steering cockroaches in and out of the apartments, instead of eliminating the problem. To totally eliminate your problem, it’s best if you talk to whoever is managing your apartment complex so that they can treat the whole building. A pest professional will know exactly how to treat an entire building at once, so the cockroaches can be successfully exterminated. Contact Antworks at any time for more information, or to schedule a cockroach inspection!