You’ve seen them: those brown creatures scurrying for cover when you flip on the light and walk into a room. Even if you only see a blur, something primal in you reacts. You may shudder, or you may fly into a frenzy—tearing up whatever you can find in an effort to locate and eliminate the pest—but no matter how it is expressed, you almost certainly have a deep-seated response to seeing a cockroach.
Cockroaches are everywhere on the planet. Although they differ in size and characteristics, these creatures are among the most widespread and hard to eliminate of all the pests out there. From dark caves, to sweltering jungles, to the arid deserts, cockroaches live and thrive in almost any environment. It has even been said that they would survive a nuclear war that killed off everything else.
The good news is that you can take some concrete steps to keep the cockroach population in check. While you cannot hope to eliminate them from the entirety of the Melbourne, Florida area, you can certainly help keep them out of your home or office.
Cut Down their Food Source
As with virtually any pest, one of the most effective things you can do when it comes to battling cockroaches is to eliminate their food. Of course, these pests can survive off of an amazing number of substances—even eating the glue out of the binders of books—so you can’t starve them out completely.
But you can definitely limit their food supply. Make sure that any food you have is kept in tightly sealed containers. There’s no point in providing them with a limitless supply of food to support an ever-exploding population level.
Use Bait Traps
Aside from limiting the food, the best way to get of a cockroach infestation is to use some sort of bait trap. Simply killing the cockroaches won’t do it: they will almost certainly have laid eggs that will soon hatch, and the plague will begin anew.
Instead, use one of the specialized cockroach baits that is available today. These baits work by eliminating the cockroach’s ability to lay eggs that will survive. By cutting off the roach’s ability to reproduce, you effectively end the infestation. The cockroach itself will eventually die—or be killed by you—and there will be no replacement baby cockroaches.
By following these tips, you can help reduce and eliminate the cockroach population in your home or business.