German cockroaches are the number one species of cockroach you’re likely to find in your home in North America. They are very hardy species that can survive in any climate, but prefer the warm and humid southern climate the most.
If you live in Florida or Texas, you are surely familiar with the huge size the German cockroaches can reach in those areas. They’re less common in the rural areas in colder climates, but in larger metropolitan areas the German cockroach still has a huge presence.
If you have an infestation of German cockroaches, and want to know how to eliminate them , there are a few things you can do that work well and will no doubt solve your problem. I will give you your options and also my recommendations. Follow these three steps to get rid of German cockroaches for good:
Put down a cockroach pesticide throughout your home
The first thing you need to do is choose a cockroach killer and then spread it around throughout the home. My first choice and recommendation is boric acid powder, because it is very cheap and highly effective. It is a white powder that is benign to your pets, but highly toxic to roaches.
You may also choose to use cockroach gel or paste, which works equally as well as boric acid. The only drawback that there is to using this is that it can sometimes discolor your floor with a black stain, so you may only want use this product in places like the basement or the garage without will not be a concern.
You can also use cockroach traps and bait, but I only suggest this for small cockroach problems. If you have a large infestation, I would recommend you use one of the first two options. The traps are easy to slide into hard-to-reach places like behind the kitchen appliances.
Barricade the German cockroaches from getting in your home
You need to look for the locations where the cockroaches are getting access to your house. If you noticed most of the cockroaches in one area, that is a sign that you should search for cracks or holes in the floor there to see where they are coming in.
Fill-in any of those cracks with caulk, and it is a good idea to also caulk around your entire home where the floor meets the base of the wall and also in the cabinets, etc. These little cracks are the place where the roaches are getting in, and you should get down on your hands and knees and search around your home, caulking as you go.
Get rid of the roaches access to food and water
You need to thoroughly clean your home and keep it clean, in order to make sure that the food traces and food smells that are attracting the roaches to your home are eliminated. Any food left on the counters or floors of your home, and even in hidden away places like in the stove or under the refrigerator, are like magnets to roaches looking for a meal.
You should sweep up and clean your home thoroughly, and then wipe it down with a cleaning solution or a diluted bleach solution to remove any residual smell and food residue. Don’t leave any standing water that can attract roaches in places like the bathroom floor the kitchen sink. If you eliminate food and water sources, the roaches will have no reason to come inside your house.
If you follow these three steps, you will no doubt lead get rid of German cockroaches for good. These are tried-and-true methods that have been tested and work well.