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How to get rid of cockroaches in kitchens

In every home, the kitchen and bathroom are the two rooms that cockroaches are attracted to the most. That is because cockroaches are always in search of food and water just like every other living creature and this leads them to your kitchen for a snack. There are several things you can do to get rid of cockroaches in your kitchen and in your home eventually to ensure that they never come back.

The first thing you need to do is to choose your choice weapon to eliminate them and to also pick a pesticide to put them down wherever they are in the kitchen. Secondly, you will need to notice and fill any small cracks and holes in your home that cockroaches use as  entry and escape routes. The final step is to clean the kitchen thoroughly, yes, to always keep it clean, to prevent more cockroaches from coming back. The thing you need to do is put out a cockroach killer throughout your kitchen. You have several options here but there are differences between them which will be explained. You will have to apply the cockroach killer everywhere you can in the kitchen most especially along the floorboards, in the cabinets, under the refrigerator, stove, and dishwasher. Basically, everywhere that cockroaches can hide and you have to make sure it is covered with pesticide.

Other ideas to kill cockroaches in a home include:

Boric acid: This is usually the first recommendation for this purpose (but not for the kitchen) because it is cheap, highly effective, leaves little residue, and is not harmful to pets or children. It is a chalk colored powder that is stored in a bottle and you just have to pull off the top and then circulate the powder all along the areas that you want to or better still to inject a little along the baseboards of the wall since that is where cockroachesoaches like to crawl. The disadvantage is that boric acid powder can be easily moved by wind or foot traffic and doesn’t stay in place for a long period of time.

Cockroach gel or paste:  Cockroach gel or paste is also an extremely effective way of killing cockroaches and is actually one of the best cockroach killer for the kitchen. The cockroach gel’s advantage over boric acid powder is that it does not get scattered easily (one application can work for a couple months).  But its disadvantage is that it leaves a residue behind on whatever surface you apply it to. Some of these gels can discolor your floor with a black or brown mark, which is fine in the garage or basement, but obviously not in the kitchen. So it's advised that you are careful with the choice of place you apply it.

Better still, here is a little trick: Apply the cockroach gel to a small piece of cardboard and then slide the cardboard under your refrigerator, put it in the cabinet under the kitchen sink, or wherever. That will save your floors and counters from getting stained. Cockroaches are carriers of very diseases including asthma allergies. Cockroaches can burrow into human ears, causing pain and hearing loss. They may be removed with forceps, possibly after first drowning with olive oil. Cockroaches can live for a few days up to a month without food, so just because no cockroaches are visible in a home does not mean they are not there. Approximately 20-48% of homes with no visible sign of cockroaches have detectable cockroach allergens in dust. So we should be careful, cautious and take preventive measure against this harmful insect.

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