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How to Deal with Cockroaches

These hearty bugs are here simply to elicit screams and revulsion – or so it seems. Deal with them pronto.


  • 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.
  • TIP: Cockroaches can fit into a space the size of a quarter, so check carefully.
  • 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.
  • TIP: Dust places that are out of sight with a very thin layer of boric acid, a cockroach poison.
  • 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!
  • FACT: Cockroaches can live for a week without their heads!

You Will Need

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

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