Eeeek! The noise made by many when they spy a filthy cockroach scurrying across their desk. If you are anything like me, the sight of cockroaches will send shivers up your spine. These pesky critters have the ability to send even the bravest person into a frenzy and jump up on the closest chair and scream like a child.
Cockroaches can be nasty and spread a variety of diseases such as Salmonella and polio, so it’s best to get rid of them as soon as possible. Killing insects makes me feel bad so I’d rather just keep them away so I don’t have to deal with them. Out of sight out of mind, so they say.
There are few tips and tricks to keep cockroaches away so you’re not faced with the moral dilemma of killing these filthy yet innocent creatures. But – sometimes drastic times call for drastic measures and you might very well have to send these critters to heaven. It’s a matter of us versus them in some cases and obviously, we have to choose us to come out on top. In this post, we will take a look at some tried and trusted methods to keep these pests at bay and out of the way.
Keep it Clean
You’re probably spending a lot of time at your desk grinding away at work, sipping on coffee and snacking on the go to get the job done. In the wake of this, you leave a trail of mess such as empty coffee cups, breadcrumbs, and sugary stains. Cockroaches love all of these things and are attracted to even the smallest of food scraps. So when you’re finished your coffee take it directly to the sink and rinse out your cup. Also wipe down thoroughly after each meal. Make sure that you get every last crumb so you’re not inviting unwelcome guests into your home or office. Use a high-quality cleaner. If you are worried about chemicals there are many natural alternatives on the market, or you could make a cleaning solution from white vinegar and water. The acid in the vinegar will clean and disinfect the area and ensure you’re not giving the cockroaches a reason to invade your desk.
Also be sure to vacuum around your desk to pick up all the crumbs on the floor. The more often you do this the better. I usually do around 4 times a week. It all depends on how much of a messy eater you are.
Store Your Food in the Kitchen
We are all guilty of it. Nipping off to the shops at lunch to get a meal and then buying extra to snack on later when the afternoon lull kicks in. Leaving food on your desk will peak the interest of the cockroaches and, before you know it, the pesky roach has told all its friends that your desk is the insect buffet.
So store your food in a sealed cupboard in the kitchen. If you don’t have access to a kitchen in your office, put your food in Tupperware containers and then into a plastic bag. Cockroaches have several smell sensors and can pick up on scents from your leftover food. Wiping down everything and putting your food in airtight containers will cut down on odour and ensure that the cockroaches don’t have any reason to come and sticky beak around your desk.
Some people say the only good cockroach is a dead one. If you hate cockroaches with a passion, then you’re probably going to want to kill them. Dead cockroaches don’t spread disease, after all. There are a range of traps on the market that will ensnare and kill these troublesome pests and send a message to the other cockroaches that they’re not welcome at your desk.
There are many DIY traps you can make using simple household products. The wine bottle method will trap the roaches, but won’t kill them. Simply apply grease to the inside of the bottle then put some tasty sweet roach food in the bottle. They will be able to get in and the grease will prevent them from getting out. Another method is to mix baking powder, sugar, and water together to create a paste then smear little bits around areas where the roaches frequent. The paste will stick to their feet and they will track it back to the nest. It will slowly but surely kill them.
Seek Professional Help
If your roach problem is getting out of hand, it’s best to seek the help of cockroach pest control pest agent. They are equipped with all the tools necessary to rid your home or office from these pesky little varmints. So give them a call and discuss the safest and most effective way to destroy them before they destroy you. Well, maybe not destroy you, but they can make you very sick.
Keep these tips in mind when it comes time to dealing with your roach problem.