German Roach Infestation
German roaches are a common household pest, and taking these steps can help you manage and reduce their presence. Here’s some additional information and advice:
Nightly Control Tips:
- Empty pet food & water bowl nightly: Roaches are attracted to pet food and water. Emptying and cleaning your pet’s food and water bowls nightly can help deter roaches.
- Dry sinks & tubs nightly: Roaches seek moisture, so keeping sinks and tubs dry can make your home less appealing to them.
- Put sponges, toothbrushes, & any water-retaining items in sealed Ziplock bags: Roaches can feed on and contaminate items with food residue or moisture. Sealing these items in airtight bags can prevent roaches from accessing them.
- Plug sink and tub drains nightly: Roaches can crawl up drains, so plugging them at night can prevent their entry.
- Empty sinks of any dishes: Food residue in dishes can attract roaches. Wash and put away dishes before bedtime.
- Take out trash nightly: Garbage provides a food source for roaches. Removing trash regularly reduces their access to food.
- Wipe down countertops: Cleaning countertops can remove food crumbs and residue that attract roaches.
- Sweep, vacuum, and mop floors nightly: Frequent cleaning can help remove food particles and crumbs that roaches feed on.
Weekly Control Tips:
- Wipe down inside & outside appliances: Roaches can hide in and around appliances, so regular cleaning is essential.
- Pull out appliances: Occasionally moving appliances and cleaning behind and beneath them can eliminate hiding spots for roaches.
- Clean underneath the stove and fridge: Crumbs and spills often accumulate in these areas, making them attractive to roaches.
- Wipe down the side of the stove: Roaches can hide in crevices and gaps, so thorough cleaning is important.
- Lift the top of the stove and clean underneath the cooking top: The stove can be a favorite hiding place for roaches.
- Wipe down inside of cabinets and vacuum up dead roaches: Roaches may hide in cabinets, so regular cleaning can help eliminate them.
- Empty vacuum bag or storage container: After vacuuming, be sure to empty the vacuum to prevent roaches from escaping.
- Only eat in one area: Limit eating to one designated area to contain food crumbs and spills.
- Seal all food items after every use: Keep food items in airtight containers to prevent roaches from accessing them.
- Fix leaky faucets: Roaches are attracted to moisture, so fixing leaks can make your home less appealing to them.
Removing water is the most important control tip. Roaches can live months without food and they can feed on glue and other items. They can only live a few days without water.