How To: Deal with cockroaches

Deal with cockroaches

These hearty bugs are here simply to elicit screams and revulsion – or so it seems. Apparently they can survive nuclear waste, but that doesn't mean they impossible to get rid of. Deal with them pronto with this video on how to get rid of those pesky bugs.

You Will Need:
• Door sweeps
• Cleaning solution
• A vacuum cleaner
• Airtight containers for food
• Cockroach traps
• Boric acid (optional)
• A pest control professional (optional)

Step 1: Keep them out
First, make sure you're doing all you can to keep roaches out. Seal all cracks and crevices, repair loose wallpaper and plaster, and make sure all of your exterior doors have door sweeps. Fix any leaks and keep your drains clean and clear.

Step 2: Clean house
Thoroughly clean all surfaces, including floors. Vacuum floors, baseboards, furniture, cabinets, and moldings thoroughly and frequently.

Step 3: Keep containers closed
Store all food in airtight containers, and keep all trashcans tightly closed. Thoroughly rinse all of your recyclables and remove them every so often.

Step 4: Check and chuck cardboard
Watch for cockroaches hitchhiking their way in on a cardboard box or other container. Remove all corrugated cardboard from your home.

Step 5: Eliminate clutter
Eliminate any clutter in your home. Cockroaches don't just feed on human food. Some can feed on wallpaper paste, glue, toothpaste, soap, and leather.

Step 6: Set traps
Set bait traps near cockroach hiding places, like underneath furniture, under sinks, and behind items hanging on the wall.

Step 7: Consult a pro
If you still have roaches, consult a pest control professional. It might take a while, but if you're persistent you can be free of them!

Trivia: Cockroaches can live for a week without their heads!

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