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The 6-Step Guide to Getting Rid of Roaches

It’s not easy to get rid of cockroaches; they are extremely resourceful pests. It might take a multi-pronged approach to rid your house of cockroaches on your own, and even then, your best bet might be to call in professional help. Common species like the German cockroach reproduce quickly and once an infestation sets in, do-it-yourself measures are usually ineffective. Chemicals, especially, are best left to the pros. Roach bombs can be toxic and highly dangerous for humans and pets alike if administered incorrectly. Triangle Pest Control offers pest control in Mint Hill, NC that can help rid these nasty pests from your home.

However, this doesn’t mean that there isn't anything you can do to prevent a roach problem or lessen the severity of an infestation. Here are six simple steps to follow:

1. Seal Up Your Home

Close all cracks, crevices, and holes with caulking or other sealing material. Keep a sharp eye out. It does not take a large hole for a roach to gain entry into your home.

2. Keep Kitchen and Dining Areas Clean

Keeping your home clean, especially the kitchen and dining area, is a must. Pick up crumbs, spills and other food remnants immediately. Roaches love grease, so make sure greasy spots are cleaned completely. If you’re concerned about harsh and toxic cleaning chemicals, there are many eco-friendly items that can aid you in your cleaning regimen. Look into the benefits of vinegar for cleaning, for example.

3. Store Food Properly

Using proper food containers will help keep a roach infestation at bay. Air-tight containers, of plastic or glass, are excellent for this purpose. Don't leave pet food out too long. Seal up sugar and flour containers tightly. Keeping a lid on your food items will help keep the lid on a roach problem.

4. Remove Clutter Inside and Outside

Keep lids on all trash and garbage pails and cans. Take out the trash regularly. Situate your compost piles as far away from the house as possible. Pick up debris and other wood close to your home. Store firewood off the ground and away from your home if possible. Don't leave dirty dishes in the sink or lying out on the counter. Piles of books, magazines and old newspaper are excellent hiding places for roaches.

5. Trim Plants

Trees, shrubs and bushes should be trimmed and kept from touching your house. Don't build a bridge for insects to enter. Take away as many possible routes as you can for roaches to enter your home.

6. Call the Professionals

Who has time to wage an ongoing war against cockroaches? Save yourself the trouble and contact a local pest control company with expertise in roach removal. Professional cockroach control usually begins with an inspection to identify the extent of the problem. After that, expert technicians will target roach entry and exit points for maximum effectiveness and prevent future infestation by establishing a protective boundary around the outside of your home that discourages roaches and other pests from entering. Look for a pest control provider that uses the latest green techniques to guarantee an effective treatment that won’t endanger your family’s health.

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