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Like bed bugs, the hardest part about getting rid of cockroaches is knowing if you have them in the first place. All roaches do their best to hide out of sight, but because cockroaches are so small and agile, they’re exceptionally good at it. For the most part, the only time they venture out is to feed or mate, and even then, only under the cover of darkness. Seeing a cockroach in the daytime often implicates that they’re running out of or competing for resources, signaling a larger roach problem than you might want to admit.
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DIY methods of managing cockroaches in the home
If you’ve seen a cockroach in your property, it’s very likely you have an infestation. Seeing one typically means there could be dozens more in hiding, which can feel very overwhelming to come to terms with. Although DIY treatments for cockroaches are a gamble, there are a few steps you can take to try to limit the cockroach population. Your first step should be to eliminate anything that’s attracting them in the first place:
- Eliminate dark and undisturbed areas, either by lighting them or sweeping daily.
- Eliminate any areas with heavy moisture, including leaky pipes or standing water.
- Remove food sources. They will eat any organic material they can find, including cardboard, soap, fat, grease, crumbs, and garbage. If you remove their food, this should greatly reduce their population.
- Consider your options for treating cockroaches. While traps can work for smaller populations, over-the-counter sprays aren’t generally recommended, as they typically just shift the roaches from one area of a building to another.
Professional cockroach management
If you attempt the aforementioned DIY cockroach management methods, you may have been able to lower their population. However, it’s very unlikely you’ve solved the problem completely. In order to get rid of them completely as well as keep them from returning, it’s necessary to call a professional. At Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor’s, we are proud to use IPM methods that work to prevent infestations from ever becoming a problem. Although we treat active infestations, our IPM actions can help protect you from ever dealing with a cockroach in your property. To learn more about our cockroach management solutions, call us today!Back to Cockroach Exterminators, Control & Removal
How to Manage a Cockroach Infestation in Virginia
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