Most of the population will agree that roaches are filthy, disgusting insects. In fact there are about 4,000 species of roaches with only about 4 of them being known as pests. Roaches are some of the hardiest insects on the planet and some are capable of living several months without food, or on very limited resources. Some can already go without air!
Roaches are the most shared insects known as pests to humans. They carry bacteria that can be dangerous to humans. Roaches are also connected to allergies and asthma. They carry microbes on their body surfaces that produces tropomyosin, a protein that causes allergies and asthma. So, how do I kill roaches?
One of the best ways to rid yourself of roaches is to take preventive measures. Roaches like warm climates and supplies of food. Keep foods stored in airtight containers, and use garbage cans with tight lids. You’ll also want to keep kitchen area clean and vacuum frequently. Just remember, that already if your home is spotless, the smallest crumb can attract roaches. You’ll also want to seal any entry ways (holes in basements, around baseboards, etc.) and repair any leaking water lines.
Gels and baits are also widely used containing hydramethylnon or fipronil, both of which are toxic to roaches. Boric acid powder and products containing deltamethrin or pyrethrin are also effective in killing eggs.
One treatment used in Russia is after opening all cupboards and cabinets is to burn a pot half complete of sulfur on a gas ring. Wearing a gas disguise the pot is turned off and the residence is deserted for a few days. This treatment is said to be effective for up to 10 years.
Natural parasites and predators are also effective in getting rid of roaches. Examples of these are wasps and the house centipede. These both satisfy on eggs in addition as adult roaches, but most people find that this treatment is objectionable.
A simple homemade way to kill roaches is a water jar. Simply fill a jar half way with water and some kind of bait, coffee grounds are a good choice and place next to walls or baseboards. The roaches will crawl in and can’t escape.
Get a specialized grade pesticide or liquid concentrate. Liquid concentrates are used by being sprayed, wiped, or mopped onto just about any surface. They are effective up to 1-2 weeks and work well as a prevention method. specialized grade pesticides are obtainable on the Internet. These are usually sprayed around your home and in basements. They kill adult roaches and eggs and leave behind residue that can be effective up to 3 months. Any chemical treatments can be unhealthy to humans, especially children, and pets so be sure to follow all directions carefully.