If you live in an apartment building and notice that roaches are creeping into your apartment from others, you may be grossed out and wonder what you can do other than tell the superintendent or owner of the building. However, there are some things you can do while waiting for the superintendent or the owner to take action. Use the tips that follow to keep roaches out of your place.
Stop Snacking in Every Room
Because roaches follow the scent of food and will look for it wherever they can, it's important that you don't provide crumbs for them to find in your apartment. If you're used to having chips on the couch in your living room or the kids have a few cookies in their bedroom, you may want to curb that behavior until the roach problem has been taken care of. Limit snacking to the kitchen so that the other rooms are no longer attractive to the roaches that have gotten into your apartment.
Clean Dishes Immediately After Using Them
The kitchen is likely to be one of the places where you see roaches the most, as you have to cook in there and the bugs will be attracted to the area. That's why it's important to keep the kitchen as clean as possible. It is particularly important not to leave dishes in the sink for long periods of time, even if there are pots and pans you'd like to soak, as there are likely to be food particles that the roaches want.
Take the Trash Out Often
Another way to keep the scent of food out of your apartment so that roaches are not attracted to your place is to take the trash out as often as you can. If you aren't taking the kitchen trash out every evening, it might be a good idea to do that. If you are able, it may be a good idea to get rid of trash after every big meal.
Sprinkle Corners with Borax
Borax, a powder commonly used for dirty laundry, can be effective when dealing with roaches. Sprinkle some in corners and along the perimeter of your apartment to target the insects.
With the tips discussed in this article, you should be able to cut down on the number of roaches in your apartment. If not, get in touch with a pest control company, such as Eagle Pest Eliminators, who can offer you additional solutions you can use.