Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Cockroach Control In Washington D.C.

12/30/2021

Roaches are a virtually universal problem. Everyone in the world will have to deal with one roach species during their lifetimes. Here in Washington D.C., we’ve got quite a few nasty roach varieties that home and business owners need to watch for. Whenever people get a roach infestation, their reaction is often to deal with it themselves using one of several standard DIY methods. Below, we’ll talk about these methods, how effective they are, and what you can do if they fail. 

up close image of a cockroach crawling on a kitchen floor

Prevention: Your First Line Of Defense

It’s no secret that cockroaches are tough as nails, and that includes the roaches we’ve got around here. These insects breed explosively and are hard to kill, from the massive all-American cockroach to the smaller but more numerous German cockroach. Roaches are resistant to all kinds of dangerous toxins, including everything from over-the-counter (OTC) foggers to nuclear radiation. Some believe they might even be one of the few species to survive a nuclear war-induced mass extinction event. This isn’t all that implausible when you consider they’re able to go a whole week without their heads.

How Do These Sneaky Roaches Get In And What To Do?

All this means preventing cockroach infestations is a whole lot better than eradicating them once they’ve established themselves. The good news is DIY prevention is much easier than DIY cure. You can keep roaches away from your home using a two-pronged approach that includes physically blocking their entry and reducing attractants around your home:

  • Seal all holes and cracks in your home’s exterior using silicone caulk.
  • Ensure windows and doors close tightly and install weatherstripping in any gaps.
  • Keep all indoor and outdoor trash cans covered tightly at all times.
  • Store pantry foods in airtight containers off the floor.
  • Clean up after meals right away, including uneaten pet foods.
  • Clear clutter and don’t leave items lying around that could serve as hideouts. 

What To Do About Existing Infestation

Sometimes, you wind up with an infestation despite your best efforts. When that happens, there are several measures you can take. Common DIY cockroach remedies include:

Bait Stations: Some people use poison baits to kill roaches. These bait stations come in tubes or disks. Cockroaches crawl inside and eat the bait, which subsequently poisons them to death. The problem with these baits is that they leave dead roaches around your home, which can be toxic if consumed by pets. Roach bodies may also attract scavenging pests – including more roaches.

Glue Traps: Sticky traps are another common solution. In this scenario, you place a flat sheet of adhesive on the floor. You can even put bait in the center of the station. When roaches crawl across the glue, they become instantly trapped and cannot escape. The main issue with glue traps is that they can only kill a limited number of roaches before becoming full. They also may be dangerous to kids or pets. Sometimes the adhesive is so sticky that it can pull off the skin when you remove it.

Roach Bombs/Foggers: These are common grocery store sprays that use poison chemicals to kill roaches. Of course, one of the significant issues with these sprays is that they can be dangerous to people and pets. The other problem is the roach toughness we talked about above. Most OTC sprays are not all that effective because roaches have evolved significant resistance to them.

The problem that all these DIY methods have in common is that they can reduce the roach population around your home, but they’re unlikely to eliminate it. If you want proper eradication for your cockroach infestation, call us here at Capitol Pest or visit our contact page to schedule your appointment today!

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