Cockroach extermination is somewhat tricky due to the pests' ability to live on any kinds of nutrition and reproduce at a fast rate. Cockroaches are extremely widespread around the world and in most cases, the tiny creatures live as close to humans as they can. This can be a terrible problem for homeowners as very large infestations are a probability if not handled at early stages.
The best method to treating an issue of cockroaches in your home is to find a procedure that will get rid of the roaches permanently rather than small temporary solutions. In order to free your home from cockroaches, you need to take steps that will make your home unsuitable for them to live in. Pests require nutrition, shelter and humidity, so to facilitate the process of eliminating cockroaches, you need to remove their access to these things.
The first step to take when approaching this pest issue is to deny their access to food. To do this, you must ensure all kitchen appliances, including microwaves, toasters and the refrigerator, are thoroughly clean as they can provide roaches with food to last months. Kitchen cabinets, the floors and pet food containers are also areas where roaches can access food, so these spots should be cleaned well.
The next step would be to dry everything in order to remove humidity from your home. Roaches love humid environments. As a matter of fact, many insects and pests do. A few small changes can make your home a much drier place, hence making it difficult for roaches to live in. To do this, start by fixing and replacing pipes that are leaking or sweating. Also, before going to sleep at night, make sure all of the bathtubs, showers and sinks are dry. This will help eliminate humidity and help get rid of the cockroaches.
The last step is to eliminate the cockroaches' access to shelter. This can be done by fixing all of the cracks and wall voids in your home with a caulking gun. It is also important to steer clear of any additional or future invasions by cleaning the outside areas near the house. Ensure that all windows and doors fit firmly inside the frames and do not have any cracks. If the cockroach infestation is overwhelming it is advised that a professional cockroach exterminator is hired. However, these DIY emergency measures are the best and most cost effective ways to attempt cockroach extermination.