How to control cockroaches outside the house in Kuwait
How to control cockroaches outside the house
Cockroaches are flat, brown, fast-running insects with long, slender antennae. There are three life stages: egg, nymph, and adulthood.
The female cockroach produces egg casings or a small bean-shaped brown egg capsule that is placed in off-road locations. Several nymphs emerge from each egg (up to 40 with the German cockroach, 15-20 with other varieties).
Nymphs are similar to adult crickets except that they are smaller and lack wings. Nymphs gradually become larger and live in the same places as adults.
Cockroaches are prolific. Species such as the German cockroach are able to produce several thousand offspring in less than a year.
How do cockroaches live?
Cockroaches are more active at night than during the day. During the day they generally remain hidden in crevices and other dark and secluded areas. At night they leave their hiding places and look for food.
Cockroaches eat all human food as well as many other items such as soap, toothpaste, gum, hair, droppings and dirt.
In order to eliminate cockroaches, it is useful to know where they are hiding. Their preferred locations include warm, dark, and humid areas, especially in kitchens and bathrooms. Depending on the type and extent of the infestation, cockroaches can be found anywhere in the home.
How to get rid of cockroaches outside your home
If you want to prevent cockroaches in your home, you should start by limiting their numbers outside your home.
Cockroaches need three things to survive, which are food, water, and shelter. While you can't get rid of these things in the outdoor environment, you can make the outdoor environment of your home or garden less welcoming.
Here are some tips:
• Remove wood piles, leaf piles, and sources of standing water, and trim bushes.
• Secure outdoor litter boxes.
• Pruning plants outside the home.
• Limit water sources by emptying stagnant water in pots and bird troughs.
Pros: An effective, affordable way to make your garden look beautiful.
Cons: Not killing or getting rid of roaches will only make your garden less attractive to roaches.
2- Use sticky traps
Sticky traps are not only for indoor use, you can place them outdoors as well. Place sticky traps anywhere you see cockroaches entering your home, such as cracks around doors, windows, or the foundations of the house.
If you are not sure where the crickets are coming from, place traps in a few locations and check the traps daily to determine the ways the crickets are moving to locate the source.
Pluses: an effective way to identify cockroaches' ways.
Cons: It takes a lot of time to determine the source of cockroach entry.
3- Using bait
To reduce the number of cockroaches entering your home, kill them with bait before they enter.
Because crickets like to keep the top or sides of their bodies pressed against something as they walk, your bait stations will be most effective when placed next to outside buildings, ledges, corners, fences, or the foundation of your home.
Pros: Effective, fast-acting and long-lasting solution.
Cons: Toxic and can be dangerous to children, pets, and other animals.
4- spraying pesticides
One of the most effective ways to get rid of cockroaches is to spray the exterminator around the perimeter of your garden and home. These sprays are long-acting (many of these pesticides last for three months or more) and will kill roaches on contact.
Pros: Effective and long-acting method.
Cons: Pesticides are toxic and can be dangerous to children, pets, and other animals.
How can I keep cockroaches out of my house?
An ounce of prevention is better than a pound of cure. Keep cockroaches out of your home in the first place by following these simple tips:
1- Cleaning the house
First start by removing everything that could attract cockroaches.
Any cockroach killer product or compound you use will be better than making your home unwelcome.
Here are some tips for getting rid of cockroach-attracting substances:
• Wash all soiled dishes and put them away immediately after use.
• Clean up any crumbs and spills immediately.
• Stagnant water sources including pet bowls.
• Take out the trash daily, especially before bed at night.
• Sweep and sweep floors regularly, including under and around large appliances.
• Avoid leaving pet food for a long time.
2- Be careful about food storage
If you want to keep roaches out of your home, stocking up on food sources is crucial. One of the best ways to do this is to store food in airtight glass or plastic containers.
Store perishables in the refrigerator and avoid leaving fruits and vegetables on the counter.
3- Clean the kitchen utensils
Cockroaches love fat and grease and your kitchen is a great place to find these tasty treats. With this in mind, keep your stove, dishwasher, and other appliances clean.
Pay special attention to areas such as leaks from the sink, kitchen walls, and garbage disposals.
Additionally, be sure to wipe down surfaces and tables after cooking every night. To add an extra layer of protection, add a few drops of lemongrass oil to your scrubbing water. The citrus scent will prevent cockroaches from coming back.
4- Get rid of newspapers and cardboard boxes
Cockroaches love newspaper and cardboard boxes because they are an excellent breeding and nesting ground for cockroaches. To prevent cockroach infestations, recycle or dispose of old newspapers and used cardboard boxes as soon as possible.
5- Seal cracks and entry points
Cockroaches can press their small bodies to enter through small gaps and crevices. To prevent them from getting into your home, seal up cracks in the home's foundation and seal the gaps under the doors.
You'll also need to check for gaps around windows and check holes in pipes, plumbing fixtures, power lines, and vents. Use a foam or silicone spray to seal these cracks and keep your home cockroach-free.
6- Fix leaks instantly
If you have a plumbing leak in your home, fix the problem as soon as possible. Even a small pipe drip is enough to provide crickets with the moisture they need to survive.
In addition to repairing leaks, regularly check drains, refrigerators, appliances, and faucets to ensure they are not leaking or producing excessive moisture.
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