How To Get Rid of Cockroaches in Washington

German Cockroach

While many people joke about it, the reality is that the cockroach is one of the most resilient species on the planet. They are highly adaptable, small enough to hide in many tight spots, only come out at night, reproduce in vast quantities, and eat just about anything. 

So how do you get rid of cockroaches for good? Keep reading and find out how.

Are Roaches Dangerous?

Roaches are not aggressive creatures and do not bite, though they can transmit pathogens that can cause various diseases, including cholera, leprosy, poliomyelitis, typhoid fever, dysentery, and gastroenteritis. These diseases can be transmitted through their urine, fecal matter, or by eating contaminated food.

Additionally, their fecal matter and shredding body parts can act as allergens, which can aggravate asthma and cause allergic reactions in people who are sensitive to these substances.  

Signs of a Cockroach Infestation

Despite the fact that cockroaches are nocturnal creatures and typically keep away from humans and stay hidden, there are a few sure tell signs you can look for, including:

  • Sightings—If you see one or several cockroaches scurrying across the floor, rest assured there is probably in your house somewhere.
  • Feces—Finding oval-shaped, tiny brown droppings around your house a few millimeters in length.
  • Musty smell—Pay attention to those weird smells. Cockroaches leave an unpleasant odor, especially around an area of an infestation.
  • Skin sheddings—Roaches shed their outer layers of skin several times as they mature. Therefore if you find what appears to be pieces of skin, you can bet you probably have an infestation.

How To Get Rid of Cockroaches

If you suspect an infestation in your home, consider using a few of the following types of store-bought roach killers:

  • Roach traps—Store-bought traps can be purchased at your local home improvement or grocery stores in Washington. Traps use scents to attract cockroaches. When they inspect the trap, they become caught in the sticky substance and are trapped inside. 
  • Chemical Baits—Chemical baits use food to attract cockroaches. However, the food is actually an insecticide. Once the roach ingests the bait and returns to its nest, it dies. Other roaches eat the infected roach, spreading the poison to the rest of the colony, and well, you get the picture.
  • Spray liquids—Rather use a liquid form of control? Then liquid concentrates are for you. Once diluted, the liquid spray can be sprayed into cracks and crevices where roaches like to hide. You can also use the liquid on floors and counters as well.

How to Get Rid of Cockroaches Naturally

If you prefer to naturally rid your home of cockroaches, there are a handful of methods you can try. Here are just a few we recommend: 

  • Baking soda—One of the fastest ways to kill cockroaches is by using baking soda. Mix baking soda with something these filthy varmints are attracted to, such as sugar or onions. Place the mixture in areas where you’ve witnessed these critters and wait. Roaches will eat the mixture and die. 
  • Boric acid—Mix equal amounts of boric acid, flour, and sugar to make a dough—set balls of dough around your home. The flour and sugar will attract the roaches, and the boric acid will kill them. While this is one of the most effective and best roach killers, please note that boric acid is highly toxic to pets and should not be used around small children. 
  • Citrus—This is not a smell that is appealing to cockroaches. Therefore, if you want to prevent a roast infestation before it occurs, mix citrus acid with water and place it around high-traffic areas. Cockroaches will steer clear!

Professional Pest Control

The total elimination of cockroaches can be quite challenging. The best way to get rid of roaches permanently is to hire a professional cockroach exterminator. At Sound Pest Control, our experienced technicians have the expertise and equipment to get the job done right the first time.

Contact our team today to learn more!

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