Home Cleanliness: How to Get Rid of Cockroaches

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Have you been struggling with a cockroach situation at your house? You’ve tried your best to keep the house clean but they somehow have still found a way of invading your space?

Roaches can frustrate you because once you spot one, there’s probably more hiding somewhere. And getting rid of all of them will require patience on your end.

Are you feeling frustrated with these pesky pests running around your house? Worry not. We have a solution for you.

We are going to break down the reasons why roaches infest a house even when it is clean and how to prevent them from returning.

What do roaches like in the house?

Insects in the house are probably just looking for food and some water. And the most common ways to attract roaches are:

things that bring cockroaches to your house

Signs of a cockroach problem

Most times, if you see a roach running around during the day, it means that there is a family of other roaches hanging around somewhere. Roaches usually hide in tight spaces which may not be visible. When you start seeing a number of them, it means that the infestation has gotten worse and you need to curb it before it gets out of control.

Therefore, besides the roaches you see, other ways to know if you’re dealing with an infestation is to look for:

  • Roach faeces that look like coffee grounds or dark rice grains
  • The roaches egg lying around, which is usually oval-shaped
  • A musty smell in your kitchen or bathroom
  • Dead roaches

How can you prevent them?

Cockroaches are smart insects. Their psychological mechanism enables them to adapt to different temperatures in the house – whether hot or cold. Providing that ideal temperature will give them a breeding ground in your house.

And the worst thing about cockroaches is that they multiply pretty fast. Hiding in the kitchen, bathroom, living room and anywhere they can find food and water.

The best way of dealing with roaches is not having them at all. And the minute you spot one, ensure that you deal with it immediately. How do you do this?

list to prevent cockroaches

My house is clean but I still get roaches

Even with a clean house, you could be wondering where the roaches are coming from. It’s possible to carry a roach to your house from somewhere you visit.

That’s why you should always check your bags, purses, boxes and anything you bring into the house from outside.

Another reason why you are getting roaches in your clean house is from your neighbour. Look at your surrounding. How clean are your neighbours? How clean is your environment? Don’t create a breeding ground for roaches outside your house. They’ll find a way of crawling inside.

How do you ensure to cut off the access points to your house?

  • Seal off any cracks and openings where coaches can enter
  • Inspect any boxes or bags that you bring to your house
  • When you go thrift shopping, inspect all the items
  • Avoid keeping house plants close to the windows
  • If you can avoid plants altogether, do so
  • Clutter will attract roaches even if it’s neatly stored

I have done everything but they won’t go away.

It’s time to get professional help. If you’ve tried the above natural ways of getting rid of cockroaches and still haven’t found a solution, it might be time to get a professional to fumigate the house. Benefits of fumigation include:

  • It doesn’t require follow up visits
  • The chemicals can be sprayed into walls and spaces
  • It can be applied to any part of the house
  • It kills other insects like mosquitoes, bugs, spiders, ants and more.

Wrapping things up

Having cockroaches in the house is both embarrassing and can get stressful especially if you try out different methods which just won’t seem to work. However, having a clean home and environment is the starting point towards preventing them in the first place.

If the natural ways don’t work, call a professional to sort out the matter for you. Your home should feel like home.

Maureen Mbithe
Content Writer at BuyRentKenya