How To Get Rid Of Cockroaches
If you choose not to hire a professional, which is the best way to rid yourself of these pests, you should use professional grade pesticides. Most pesticides that are available for home usage at your home improvement store will be watered down, making it much less potent than an exterminator will have. There are online merchants that will sell you concentrated, professional grade pesticides, if you can’t find it locally.
If you can find poisons that are sold in concentrate form, where you add water to dilute it to home use standards, you can reduce the amount of suggested dilution to make a stronger poison.
For example, if the solution calls for 1 cup per gallon of water, use two cups, or even three. Be very careful when doing this, because the recommended dilution is what is safe for children and pets. But, with care, you can use this stronger poison in places where access to humans and animals is extremely limited. You could use your stronger mixture behind the stove and refrigerator, and use the recommended dilution on base boards and cabinets where occasional contact may occur.
These high grade poisons will deter within 1 or 2 weeks, and re-treatment will be necessary. Keep on applying the poison every 2 weeks until you are sure the infestation has been taken care of. Apply once a month from then on to keep them from coming back.
If you can find poisons containing Cypermerthrin, it will kill live bugs, as well as provide a lasting effect for up to 3 months. Use your strong mixture outdoors as well as in out of reach places indoors. Spray around the entire perimeter of your home, and specifically around entryways. This poison will kill roaches, spiders, and many other insects, even spiders that eat roaches, but if your like most home owners, killing spiders is not necessarily a bad thing.
Another method of roach killing is the fogger bomb. A fogger is a closed area smoke bomb that penetrates even the tiniest places. It literally spreads everywhere and is an effective way to kill roaches in smaller, more confined areas such as a small apartment. The downside to foggers is that you must leave your home for about 24 hours for it to work, and they make a huge mess. Everything will have to be cleaned and disinfected when you return. The upside is that foggers kill roaches.
I recommended that you also get some “on-contact” bug spray, so that you can instantly kill bugs that do venture out into the open. Remember, every bug you kill will potentially keep 50 more from hatching. Cockroaches have been around for thousands of years. They can survive in almost any condition. They can survive a full month without food, as long as there is a water source nearby. The only sure way to rid yourself of a live roach is to step on it.