How to Get Rid of Cockroaches
If there’s a most-detested pest among all insects, it might just be the household cockroach (aka the German cockroach). These nasty, invasive, bugs love to eat. So they’ll devour crumbs, spills, and even food straight from your pantry.
When they’re not feeding, cockroaches like to hang out in dark, moist places, including behind your oven and refrigerator, under the kitchen sink, and in the basement.
The thing about cockroaches, though, is that they’re nocturnal. So unless you’re raiding the fridge at midnight, the only signs you may see of them are the droppings they leave behind.
If you suspect you have these pests in your home, don’t panic. Follow these simple steps to kill cockroaches. (Be sure to always follow label directions!)
- Kill the cockroaches you see on contact with Ortho® Ant & Roach Killer1. For best results, spray directly on pests.
- Kill the hundreds you don’t see with Ortho® Home Defense® Roach Bait. Cockroaches take and share the bait, which then kills both them and their eggs.
- Protect against future roaches by treating baseboards, door and window casings, and the entire perimeter of your home with Ortho® Home Defense® Insect Killer For Indoor & Perimeter2. It gives up to 12 months of protection indoors on non-porous surfaces, dries fast, and has no odor.
Try these additional tips to avoid attracting cockroaches to your home.
- Eliminate food sources and you’ve won half the battle. Store all food in tightly sealed containers, clean up after every meal, pick up crumbs, wipe up spills, and take out the garbage regularly.
- Seal cracks and repair holes, especially around baseboards, shelves, cupboards, sinks, pipes, and windows.
- Replace or repair torn window screens.
If you live in an apartment, condo, or row house, you may also end up dealing with your neighbors’ cockroach infestations. Talk to your neighbors (tactfully, of course) about working together to get rid of cockroaches.