Cockroach Control Tips

Our cockroach article has already highlighted their dangerous hazards. However, it would still be helpful if you could follow the cockroach control tips below:

  • Keep premises and gutters clean and clear. Cockroaches are known to be more abundant in dirty and humid areas.

  • Shuffle stored items regularly and keep boxes tightly sealed in plastic bags.

  • Carefully check for cockroaches (and other pests at the same time) in furniture, boxes, paper, and other items brought into your home.

  • Domestic cockroaches cannot withstand extreme temperatures over 115 and below 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Thus, using carbon dioxide gas canisters can help eradicate the infested places (especially crevices in walls) as it will freeze the contained area.

  • Vacuuming helps! Even though this method DOES NOT KILL cockroaches, it is an effective way of removing adults, nymphs and egg capsules. In addition, you can rid your premises of their faeces and dead bodies.

  • For small and hard to reach areas, simply use a narrow nozzle on your vacuum and remember to properly dispose the vacuum bag after use immediately (to avoid the pests quickly escaping). For those who wish to kill the caught roaches, simply seal the bag and leave it in a freezer for an hour.

If you plan to use traps to get rid of cockroaches, remember that they'll only work if:

  • Correct and precise trap management is followed.
  • Your premises only face a small cockroach infestation.
  • Likely spots that cockroaches hide/reside in (harborages) have been sealed. (The less the hiding places, the more likely the roaches will get trapped.)
  • There are sufficient traps placed close to the cockroach infestation centers.
  • The traps are checked and emptied regularly.

For those using desiccants (dehydrating agent used to kill cockroaches by drying up their bodies' waxy layer):

  • Remember that desiccants DON'T WORK WHEN WET! Thus, use them in confined, dry areas.
  • Regularly change the desiccant, especially during summer, as they might absorb the vapors and humidity of surroundings (even closed ones) and lose its effects.
  • The desiccant's dust can damage motors and electrical equipment, so avoid using it near any appliance.


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