Tips to Eliminating Roaches from Your Residence

There is nothing worse than finding out that you have a cockroach infestation in your home. These pests have been around for millions of years and this is largely due to how they are adept at surviving with the least possible nourishment available. In addition to this, they are masters at hiding and thus you may find it very difficult to locate where their nest is. An infestation would inevitably lead to unsanitary conditions in your home. Seeing one cockroach in your home may not be a sure sign that you have an infestation on your hands. Neither would be spotting a couple. However, to be on the safe side it is always important to try to nip it at the bud rather than having to deal with a fully-fledged infestation at a later date. So how does one go about getting rid of a cockroach infestation?

Exterminate the roaches using boric acid

One the most popular methods that homeowners use is boric acid. This boric acid should be mixed with some sugar and flour to attract the roaches to it. Once this is done, place the mixture on the lid of a jar that you will not use again. You could put the mixture in various jar lids and strategically place the boric acid in the rooms that you believe contain roaches, such as the kitchen. The sugar in the mixture is sure to attract the pests, who will then come and ingest the powder. The boric acid not only poisons the roaches, but it also works toward abrading their hard exterior. The damage to their shells then makes the roaches susceptible to dehydration, which will eventually kill them.

Set up cockroach traps

The other method you could use to get rid of a cockroach infestation would be a cockroach trap. You can buy these traps at your local home improvement store. It is typically composed of a flat sticky surface that will trap the roaches when they wander onto it. Alternatively, you could choose to make one of these traps on your own in the comfort of your home. All you would need would be a clear jar that you will place some food or some sugary water into. Once the roaches wander into the glass in search of food, they will find it impossible to get out due to the smooth surfaces of the jar. Although roaches can easily climb up walls and other surfaces, the claw-like structures on their legs will not be able to grasp the smooth walls of the glass jar.