Cockroaches are those unwelcome house guests that nobody wants. They love to steal crumbs from leftover food and soon become a problem if you see just one. The real reason for this is that they are prolific breeders, are almost impossible to get rid of, and carry a multitude of diseases.
We use a variety of methods to kill cockroaches instantly. These include traps, pesticides, natural remedies, and gels. Many of these methods are ineffective. Perhaps the most sensible method to use is to call in pest control experts to assist.
1. Cockroach Traps.
How can I trap cockroaches effectively?
We use cockroach traps throughout South Africa. We use food in our traps to great effect in and around your surroundings. The food is combined with hydramethylnon, a poisonous substance. Cockroaches will find their way to the food and poison combination.
Would this be the best way to combat them?
Trapping cockroaches might seem a great idea. The problem is trapping them safely if you have young children or pets. You don’t want to risk nasty accidents where poison gets into pet food or affects the air children breathe.
Hydramethylnon could enter into the environment in which it is used via waste streams. It is released into the atmosphere, and it could exist in the vapour and particle phases in the air. Do not use this form of cockroach extermination near food sources.
2. Roach Motels.
Can I use a roach motel to get rid of cockroaches?
Yes! Roach motels are a great way to trap roaches without using chemicals and poisonous substances. Roach motels use adhesive in their traps instead of toxins and poisons. The roach motel lures roaches into a little container.
This then traps them using a sticky substance (glue). Because the insects are unable to escape, they eventually die. This is a chemical-free method of getting rid of cockroaches, and therefore safer that option 1.
Are Roach Motels effective?
This method can be used when fighting a cockroach infestation, but it is far more effective to use a professional pest control expert to assist with cockroach problems. Professionals use expert assessments to tackle the problem effectively, whereas roach motels are a sporadic and temporary fix that could never destroy a whole colony.
3. Advion (Indoxacarb).
How does Advion Gel bait work to get rid of cockroaches?
Advion Gel bait is a great way to get rid of roaches hiding all over your home. It acts as a bait that the insect ingests. The bait’s formula consists of indoxacarb. This is a powerful ingredient used to control household pests.
Is Advion Effective?
It is very difficult to get rid of these destructive pests once they cockroaches start breeding and the eggs hatch. Cockroaches have the ability to get into everything, including crevices and cracks. Advion cockroach Gel has been specifically designed to get rid of pest infestations, and is more effective than some of the other options available.
4. Cockroach Gel.
How does cockroach gel work?
Cockroach gel attracts and kills roaches that try to enter your premises. They are enticed into eating the gel bait, which contains insecticide that kills them.
Is gel bait an effective pesticide for cockroaches?
Gel such as Combat Max Roach Killing Gel is good for pest challenges. This is a good method to use, although cockroaches are notoriously difficult to combat. There’s no guarantee these cockroach baits will eliminate the problem.
5. Boric Acid.
How does boric acid work?
When cockroaches are in contact with Boric powder, it will cling to their bodies. As roaches clean themselves, they ingest the acid, which acts as an effective insecticide.
Hide the Boric Acid in spots where ad adult cockroach might hide. These include hard-to-reach spots such as behind appliances, behind furniture, and under piles of books and papers.
Is boric acid a good way to get rid of cockroaches?
We use boric acid in cockroach control. It is also effective in controlling other pests such as rodents and ants. You should not use any poisonous substances, including boric acid, if you have pets and children. It is far wiser to use professional methods to rid your environment of pests.
6. Diatomaceous Earth.
How does this natural product get rid of roaches?
People apply a light dusting with a duster or a scoop in areas where roaches are detected. If household pests step on the dust, they will become dehydrated, and the bugs then die. Although Diatomaceous Earth is generally safe for people and pets, it is wise to follow the instructions to a “t”.
Should I use diatomaceous earth to get rid of roaches?
Diatomaceous Earth is a very effective, natural product that contains no chemicals and is not toxic. However, it is still wise to take care when using it for household pests. While it won’t cut or hurt you, it can dry out your skin.
Breathing it is also not advisable as they consist of fine, foreign particles that could enter into your lungs. It is not a carcinogen, but it can and will irritate your nose, eye, and lung membranes.
7. Cockroach Spray.
How roach spray works?
When roaches or other pests are sprayed with cockroach spray, they absorb it through the skin. The insects feel a knock back effect that blocks nerves from sending signals or messages as soon as the chemical enters their bodies. It then leads to their paralysis and death.
This method uses no poisonous food source, but the chemicals it leaves in the air could be harmful to children, pets, and plants. If you have to choose between a spray bottle and another method, choose one that won’t leave chemicals in the air.
Is Roach spray an effective method of killing cockroaches?
Roach spray is a great way to keep roaches away from surfaces. Sprays can and will keep roaches away for up to four weeks plus it “zaps” cockroach nests. We are all familiar with this spray, but is this the most effective method of ridding our spaces of these tenacious creatures? Using Raid Roach Killer is a great way to kill these bugs, but it is often not enough to help you get rid of a cockroach infestation.
Although spray might seem to be an effective way to keep cockroaches in check, it is difficult to eliminate most types of cockroaches 100%. If you are concerned, you need to call on professional pest control experts. This is especially the case if you are in the hospitality industry or if you have a food outlet or restaurant.
8. Call the Professionals.
The best, most effective way of controlling or exterminating cockroach infestations is by calling in expert pest controllers. We know that even though there are 4,500 different cockroach species in the world, most of them don’t gravitate towards homes or indoor spaces! Our pest control experts know the species in your area.
They can determine the type of roach in your home and the most effective way to deal with roach infestations. The three main species of cockroaches found indoors in South Africa are the German cockroach, the Oriental species, and the American cockroach! Don’t let German roaches feast in your kitchen sink when the lights are out.
Along with ridding your home of oriental cockroaches and brown-banded cockroaches, our teams can help you stop future infestations.
Get a free quote from professional pest control experts such as Mostert Pest Control today.
9. Prevention is Better Than Cure!
Our ninth point isn’t an official way to kill these critters, but it makes sense to include this as one of the best remedies. Stop them from coming into your home in the first place! Sometimes, when you live in a communal space, it’s impossible, but where possible, take these steps to avoid them.
1. Keep your space free of pools of water and ensure there are no dripping taps or leaks that could attract pests.
2. Avoid leaving crumbs behind.
3. Clean your bin and under your stove.
4. Seal cracks and gaps in walls and doors.
With the right level of cleanliness and care in your home, you won’t need roach baits or a repellent at all.
Sources: smithspestmanagement.com; familyhandyman.com;