Destruction of cockroaches at home without a clear understanding of the reasons for their appearance in the room can be meaningless and ineffective. If a room or apartment is attractive for these insects, they will return to it after the use of the strongest and most effective preparations.
Therefore, the destruction of cockroaches in the apartment should be carried out comprehensively, consciously and only after analyzing the reasons for which these insects penetrated into it.
The causes of the appearance of cockroaches in the apartment in most cases are:
- poor sanitary condition of her, plenty of crevices, debris and dirt
- storing food unpacked or in containers into which pests can penetrate
- severe infection with cockroaches of neighboring apartments
- open access of insects to water sources
- involuntary entry of insects into the house with furniture, food, things and books.
Only with an integrated approach to solving the problem, one can expect that the extermination of cockroaches will give a reliable long-term result. If pests somehow migrate into a room, for example, from neighbors, finding abundant food, water and comfortable shelters in it, it is unwise to expect that such movements will not occur a month or two after the destruction of already settled settlers.
“I was still in my youth thinking about how to destroy cockroaches and tried everything I could, both crayons, and powders, and Dichlorvos. They appear all the same, if the apartment is not cleaned and roll crumbs. But when we made repairs in the kitchen, I introduced tough discipline and order, never left anything on the table, wiped the sink dry, and scrubbed the floor twice a week. Two months of such a regime, and the cockroaches in the house was gone. Without Dousta and Dichlofos. Although their neighbors were full ... "
Galina Grigoryevna, Yeisk
When the causes are analyzed, eliminated and it remains only to destroy the red brotherhood, who has already inhabited the apartment and confidently processing the contents of the bin, it is necessary to choose the right and effective way of such destruction.
Choosing a way to kill cockroaches
About how to destroy cockroaches in the apartment, already written several books. Anyone who remembers the 80s and 90s and just an amazing abundance of cockroaches in almost any room can talk on the same topic for hours.
But all more or less effective ways to kill cockroaches can be listed literally on the fingers of one hand:
- Use of insecticides. This is the most reliable and proven method, with the right choice of means and following the instructions, always giving results. Moreover, today on the market there are tools that combine safety for humans with a strong effect on the insects themselves . Using them with your own hands is quite simple and effective.
- Freezing the apartment. This method is based on the inability of cockroaches to survive at temperatures below minus 8 ° C.
- The use of poison baits. It can be used for the prevention of breeding cockroaches or in the case when the room is very clean and there are few cockroaches.
- Traps of various designs. They proved themselves quite well, but they work reliably with a low degree of infection of the apartment.
In addition to these methods, purely theoretically there are biological methods of control, which, however, do not work in the conditions of Russia. For example, in tropical countries, geckos and mantises often inhabit the premises, which confidently destroy most of the cockroach population.
In our country, such a domestic enemy of cockroaches is the flycatcher - a beautiful centipede with long legs, but it is rare and can not seriously affect the number of cockroaches in the room.
Extermination of cockroaches with chemical insecticides
It is possible to destroy cockroaches with the help of special chemicals literally in one day, or even in a few hours. However, for such a fast and effective self-disinfestation, it is necessary to prepare well enough. First, choose the right tool.
Cockroaches are quite sensitive to most modern insecticides. Therefore, many of the means sold today will be effective against them: Get, Raptor, Raid, Forsyth, Clean House, Dohloks, Combat, Microsof, Chlorophos, Boric Acid.
Insecticides developed for the control of bedbugs are also very effective - Hangman, Karbofos, Tetrix, Fufanon. Since the bugs are more resistant to chemistry, the drugs that destroy them, and will destroy cockroaches. Due to this, the destruction of bedbugs and cockroaches in the room can be combined.
Before you destroy cockroaches in an apartment, you should remove all people and pets from it for at least the day of processing. It is advisable to move the furniture in advance so that the secluded and warm corners and spaces in the bedside tables and cabinets are accessible.
If the tool involves spraying, then the effective destruction of cockroaches will consist in processing the maximum possible number of surfaces, crevices and cavities in the apartment. Very carefully it is necessary to put means under the lagged behind wall-paper, behind carpets and plinths, in air vents.
At the time of processing it is desirable to close all the windows in the room and give the drug, so to speak, to insist. It is useful to have a vacuum cleaner on hand during processing and to collect insects crawling out of shelters.
Preparations for the destruction of cockroaches that require spraying from cylinders, for the most part, easily disintegrate in air, and therefore, only a few hours after use, they will not harm a person or a pet.
A few hours after the application of the drug should be ventilated flat and hold it thorough wet cleaning. All places where cockroaches may be present need to be checked, and if dead insects are found, collect them with a vacuum cleaner or with your hands.
“A neighbor told me how to kill cockroaches in a house on my own and without any SES. I bought a normal Raid (another Kombat is a good remedy) and they didn’t just try to get under the nightstand, but methodically sprayed all the lockers, baseboards and back streets in the kitchen all day. Prusaks began to climb out in fifteen minutes, and from there, where I least thought of them to see them - from under the breadbasket, because of the radiators, from the stove. Of course, I had to scrub everything for a long time and tediously, but I didn’t see the Prusaks in the house anymore. ”
It is desirable to carry out a similar procedure in rubber gloves, a gauze bandage and the most closed clothes. Despite the fact that most insecticides are produced almost harmless to humans, there are cases of allergic reactions when the substance gets on the skin.
Preparations produced in the form of powders and crayons should be applied to the places of intended habitat or movement of cockroaches. The advantage of these drugs is the ability to use them for a long time without removing tenants from the premises. It is only important to be sure that pets and small children will not get to places where the preparations were scattered or applied.
Using traps to kill cockroaches
Cockroach traps are most effective when there are few insects in the room, or isolated individuals from neighbors get into the apartment.
Traps are set in places where insects are likely to move, and some of them are charged with bait — bread, cheese, or an apple.
The principle of operation of traps is different:
- traps in which cockroaches gather as a shelter and cannot escape;
- traps in which cockroaches die from the discharge of high voltage current;
- Velcro, to which insects stick and lose mobility;
- psevdokormushki in which there is a poisoned bait.
Most of these traps can be mounted on walls or sloping surfaces and attract insects more than other secluded places in the apartment.
Traps of the first and second types, in which insects congregate as a shelter, require regular inspection. Cockroaches are shaken out of them in a bucket of water.
The remaining traps work automatically and almost do not require human involvement to destroy pests.
Extermination of cockroaches with poison baits
This method is perhaps the most popular in the countryside. Boric acid is used to prepare the bait, which is very toxic to cockroaches, but invisible to them in appearance and smell.
On a note
Instead of boric acid for the destruction of cockroaches can be used drills - a chemical compound containing boron, is also quite effective. However, in pharmacies it is difficult to buy.
“... Go to the pharmacy, buy boric acid and stick balls. The recipe is 100 grams of acid, 50 grams of flour, 50 grams of sugar, egg yolk and water to make a dry, but dense dough. These parasites will be gone forever, believe me ... "
With the addition of borax prepare bait of different composition. Egg yolks, sugar, starch, flour, biscuits are used - almost any food that has a smell and can attract insects. These components are mixed in equal proportions with boric acid, moistened with water for the manufacture of balls, and laid out in places accessible to pests.
It is important to bear in mind that due to the prevalence of this method, news of its inefficiency is increasingly appearing: populations of cockroaches appear in different cities and regions of the country, for which boron-containing drugs cease to be a poison. Therefore, for the preparation of special baits today everywhere are looking for new components.
How to freeze cockroaches
Freezing cockroaches is a native Russian way. Most of the countries inhabited by cockroaches are in the tropics, and it is unrealistic to wait for frost there.
In Russia, in winter, cockroaches can be removed without the use of chemicals and long-running traps: you should only open windows for a few hours and train all the rooms.
This method is good because it does not give the Prussians the opportunity to escape to neighboring rooms, which often happens when insecticides are used. Insects simply lose mobility when the temperature drops, and when it falls below a physiologically acceptable level, they die.
On a note
Freezing cockroaches is much more effective than freezing bedbugs - the latter die only at temperatures below minus 22 ° C. Therefore, in many cases, if cockroaches are wound up in a house, they can be destroyed without the use of chemical insecticides.
But it is important to remember about the ability of cockroaches to move quickly - an adult insect can run up to 13 meters per minute, and therefore if in one apartment of a large house there is an active destruction of pests, they will most likely move to neighboring ones.
That is why the most effective destruction of cockroaches by joint forces in several apartments , and even in the whole house at once. This will ensure complete destruction of them and the impossibility of restoring their population.