Billionaire Guide on Getting Rid of Roaches
The Billionaire Guide on Getting Rid of Roaches that Will Make You Rich! Hurry, don't let your fear of the bugs cause you to miss out!
Ugh!!! Cockroaches! Simply the sight of just one of those multi-legged, hard-shelled creepy-crawlies moving across the floor is PLENTY of reason for your toes to curl up and your screams to hit heights you didn't know were even possible. But, what exactly are you dealing with?
Roaches are HUGE (I don't' care what size it is, it's HUGE), disgusting/revolting/horrible/terrible/whatever other adjectives you can come up with to describe "NO WAY" insects, with six legs and 18 knee joints. (Now you know you've always wanted to know such useless bits of info as the answer to, "How many knees does a cockroach have?") There are more than 5,000 (joy, joy) species in the world, but the most common are the German and American cockroaches. These are the ones that get in your house.
These crazy little cockroach buggers can invade your home through the teeniest, tiniest of cracks that you don't even know are there. They sneak between the gaps under your doors and any other clever way they can come up with to get inside. They don't like to be cold, so they come seeking the warmth of your lovely home…
...but not the light.
Being the lowdown, dirty-rotten scoundrels that they are, they prefer to hide in the darkness. However, if you happen to leave some food out or have a water leak, they will show themselves. The seduction is just too strong for them. You'll often find them in things like open garbage cans and crawling all over the dirty dishes.
The first thing you want to do is inspect the premises and try to determine just how bad things are. Maybe it was just a rogue roach that made its way in. Hey! We can always hope...
Now take a look under your appliances, and in the dark corners of your cabinets and basements. If you see blackish/brownish streaks of gritty dirt with an oily appearance, you didn't just have one uninvited guest; you most likely have an infestation. Those unsightly streaks are quite possibly roach poop. Boy, this article just keeps getting more and more lovely, doesn't it?
And if you are seeing those guys during the daylight hours, you definitely have an infestation. Remember Paragraph 4?
So, what now? Well, while some infestations are through no fault of your own, (click here to read my story) one of the main things to do when it comes to getting rid of roaches is take a look at your housekeeping skills. If necessary, hone up on them.
Take a look around the kitchen and see if you have forgotten about some old veggies that are now becoming the love nectar of these vile creatures. If so, get 'em out of the house immediately. Do you have open containers of food in the cabinets? Store them in something that seals tightly. Is your trash container "open"? If so you might want to consider one with a lid.
Once the cleanliness issues are resolved, you have two options for getting the pest gone. You can DIY it (do-it-yourself) or you can have the professionals come in. The choice is completely up to you. There are methods on both sides of the aisle that work.
One of the most effective ways to destroy roaches is with what is termed a "contact poison." These contact poisons usually come in the form of a spray (they are also the basis of the infamous "roach motel") that leaves time-released residue in your cabinets and on the surfaces that were sprayed. The idea is that as a roach comes in contact with the poison, it will take the poison back to the nest. Then when it dies, it will spread the poison to other roaches - because they are cannibals. Such disgusting creatures! It generally takes about 2-3 weeks to see real progress with this method.
Another thing to keep in mind is that these contact poisons are pesticides and may not only be toxic to the roaches, but to you and your pets as well. So always be cautious. If you're doing the job yourself, make sure you follow the manufacturer's instructions. If you've hired professional pest control, make sure you follow any instructions they may give you.
There are also many, many home remedies for roaches. The most effective one I found, which wasn't really effective (click here to read my story), was to just take an old squirt bottle and fill it with water and some liquid soap, then shoot them buggers! It's good aim practice; however, it only works on the roaches you hit. It doesn't take care of the ones you don't see. (By the way, soapy water works on a lot of pests, like the stupid flies that show up in the summer. I don't know if it's from the soap or the drowning...)
Alright now, once you get the infestation problem taken care of, you might want to take some preventative measures to keep the chances of having the problem again to a minimum. One thing you can do is sprinkle some powdered boric acid (you know that big yellow bottle in the pesticide aisle) between your walls and around your foundation. Boric acid is generally considered a "safe" product (but read the bottle), and if the roaches try to invade through those lines again, the powder will stick to their legs and they'll carry it home with them for all to snack on.
Now where's that billionaire guide that will make you rich?
I don't know, but if you find where the roaches stashed it, please let me know!
And Before you leave the site, you really should hear my story (you can get to it by clicking here). The short version is a neighbor infested the entire block and after fighting that battle for what seemed forever, I found an easy and inexpensive way to get rid of the roaches for good.