Get Rid of Roaches
Several types of cockroaches are found in homes. The adults may be from
1/2 to 1 1/2 inches long. They have long antennae and long legs. Roaches
usually live in the kitchen, dining room, bathroom and any where else they
can find food. If you have lots of roaches, there will be a strong odor.
You Can Get Rid of Roaches
Make life hard for roaches:
Starving a roach to death is almost impossible. Use an insecticide if you
need to. Use only sprays labeled for indoor use.
- Store food in insect-proof cans and jars.
- Wash dirty dishes right away.
- Keep floors and counters clean of crumbs and food.
- Do not leave pet food out overnight.
- Wipe up spills quickly.
- Caulk cracks and holes in the kitchen, especially under the sink.
- Caulk cracks in walls and behind counter tops. Food collects in these
hard-to-clean places. Sealing them gives roaches fewer places to hide.
- Caulk around water pipes, gas pipes and drain pipes. This will stop
roaches coming from other apartments or from outside. Also caulk cracks
in foundations. Caulk around doors and windows.
Due to your cleaning and caulking, the roaches will be hungry. They
will also have few places to hide. Then the insecticide will work better.
Follow instructions very carefully.
Before you spray:
When you spray:
- Vacuum up all crumbs of food from cracks and crevices.
- Move food to another room or cover it tightly to keep it safe.
If you don't see any bugs for three to six months, your roaches are probably
- Spray everywhere you have seen roaches.
- Only spray pesticides in a well-ventilated area. Open doors and windows
when spraying indoors.
- Do not eat or smoke while spraying.
- Never let the spray get on food, pots and pans, cutting boards,
- Do not spray inside cabinets or where you store food.
- Spray into cracks and crevices, along baseboards and around cabinets.
Spray under appliances and around pipes where bugs can come in.
- If the spray gets on a dish or cooking pan, wash it well before using
- Wear a hat, shoes and socks, a long sleeve shirt, and long pants when
- Keep children and pets away until the spray has dried. Check the label
for other warnings.
- Store pesticides out of reach of children.
Keep Roaches Out
Use these ideas to keep insects out of your kitchen:
Prepared by Barbara Dahl, Consumer and
Family Economics Educator, University of Illinois Extension.
- Buy small amounts of food so that you do not store them for a long
- Dried food kept for more than six weeks should be stored in insect-proof
containers. This will help guard against any future insect problems.
- Take dry foods out of their original cartons if you can. Store them
in airtight jars or plastic refrigerator boxes. Put labels and cooking
instructions in the jar, too.
- Always keep food storage areas clean.
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