What You Can Do to Limit an Infestation of Cockroaches

September 13th, 2012

What You Can Do to Limit an Infestation of Cockroaches

Cockroaches are one of the most disgusting insects that infest peoples homes and offices. Not only do they hide well, they are nocturnal, which makes them hard to find. When a cockroach is seen in the home, there is certainly already an infestation. This is because, for every one that is spotted, there are possibly dozens that are unseen. They are also extremely allusive and tough insects, which makes exterminating them extremely difficult. Here, are 6 tips that can be used to limit an infestation of cockroaches.

Spring Cleaning

One way to limit the infestation of cockroaches is to do a thorough cleaning of the house. This should include the garage and the basement. Appliances should be moved and cleaned around; rugs should be lifted up. No area of the house should be left alone when cleaning. Remember, seeing two or three cockroaches and killing them will not even come close to freeing a house of cockroaches. When cleaning, remember to be extremely thorough and get rid of all potential food sources for cockroaches.

Cover Food

Go through all of the cupboards, find any food that may be accessible by cockroaches. Buy containers that can be sealed, and put the food inside the containers. Again, with infestations, limiting their food source will undoubtedly lower their numbers. Cockroaches are highly elusive and can fit in small areas; they can easily sneak into a bag that is not closed thoroughly.

Limit Access

It would be nearly impossible to eliminate all access routes for a cockroach. Getting rid of a few of the routes can slow the progress of cockroaches into a house. One way to limit access to the house is to walk around the house and find any entrances that can be used. Then, caulk or grout any vulnerable areas in which the cockroaches can enter the building. This will also eliminate the source for other small bugs to enter the house.


Do not neglect the yard when trying to slow the progression of cockroaches into a house. Mulch piles, or old cardboard lying around are two places where pests love to hide. Make sure all trash is taken out, and even go as far as to scrub out all of the trash cans.


Not only do cockroaches need a food source, but they also need water. Make sure the house does not have any standing water. Pay attention to the bathroom and the kitchen. With this source eliminated, cockroaches will have a hard time surviving.

Pest Control

Once all preventive measures are taken, a professional may still be necessary. A professional can go through a house, and make sure no preventive measures were missed. They then can bomb the house with pesticides to kill off any pests that are still alive. This should be the last resort once all other measures are taken, not only for your simple convenience, but also to save money! This can be pricey, but definitely worth it.

If all preventative measures are taken, cockroaches will most likely die off and leave. If this is not the case, it may be necessary to hire an exterminator. With these two steps being taken, the infestation of cockroaches will be extremely limited. Remember that prevention is key when wanting to rid a house of pests.

Ashley Hardin writes about hygiene, home improvement & more at


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