Cockroaches are not only unhealthy, they are also difficult to get rid of. Cockroaches can affect illnesses, such as asthma, yet getting rid of them with the help of an exterminator can be just as harmful to asthmatics as the cockroaches themselves. There are, however, methods that you can use to get rid of these pests naturally and without having to use the services of exterminators whose chemicals are often toxic.
Clean your kitchen. Cockroaches are attracted to food, which is why the kitchen and cabinets are prime locations for these pests. Clean your kitchen after every meal and make sure your counters are free from food. In addition, never leave dirty dishes in the sink which will encourage cockroach infestation.
Sanitize your surfaces. After thoroughly cleaning your counters with hot, soapy water, spray them with disinfectant spray. Doing so will discourage cockroaches from scampering about your kitchen counters and prevent their return.
Sweep your floors. Make sure all traces of food and other debris are swept off your floors. This is especially important in the kitchen where food and crumbs commonly fall. After sweeping, mop your floors with a disinfectant cleaner and boiling hot water to kill germs and keep roaches at bay.
Put down roach traps. Although they are not pleasant to handle once they are used, sticky roach traps are effective in attracting roaches. Place them at different points in your kitchen and bathroom, especially in cabinets and under sinks.
Get rid of garbage. If cockroaches don't have anything to eat, they will go away. To discourage them, never keep garbage in your home. As soon as garbage accumulates, get rid of it, and put a fresh trash bag in your garbage can.
Use roach spray. Although bug sprays can be irritating, they are effective in getting rid of cockroaches, and might eliminate the need for an exterminator. If used in a well-ventilated room and used sparingly, you can minimize potential irritation.
Vacuum your floors. Vacuuming your floors sucks up roach eggs and droppings, discouraging new infestations.