Cockroaches in Ohio are formidable opponents. While some species are more difficult to control than others, all cockroaches in Ohio are going to give you a challenge. A cockroach can hold its breath underwater for over 40 minutes, survive high levels of radiation, and grow a new skin that is more resistant to toxic chemicals found in its environment. A cockroach can compact its body and squeeze through tiny gaps, race up walls at full speed, and run across ceilings. This is what you're up against. But it's worse than you think. Cockroaches have behavior patterns that help them survive. One such behavior is the ability to alter their taste receptors in response to a hazardous food source. This has led to some roaches being born with an aversion to certain cockroach baits. So what can you do to get rid of roaches in Columbus? We're going to share the trick with you today. Here are five steps to effective cockroach control.

american cockroach on a window sill

Moisture Control

Many roach species are dependent on moisture. The American cockroach, also referred to as a water bug, is highly dependent on moisture. While not considered a water bug, an Oriental cockroach is even more dependent on moisture for its survival. When you get control of moisture, it can have a big impact on these roaches. It might even get them to leave your home. If you have a German cockroach infestation, this control method will be far less effective as this roach species is tolerant to dry conditions.

  • Clean and repair gutters.
  • Keep your landscape vegetation trimmed and remove unnecessary plants, weeds, and grass.
  • Repair plumbing issues on the outside and inside of your home.
  • Install ventilation or dehumidifiers in your home to address interior humidity and moisture.  

Sanitation

Pest roach species are attracted to rotting organic matter, feces, and other dirty things. While roaches can infest a home that is very clean, they don't prefer to do so. Whether roaches leave your home or not, it is well worth the effort to keep things clean. It will help you reduce exposure to harmful microorganisms found in the dirty places roaches get into.

  • Manage your trash to reduce odors and keep trash contained.
  • Stay on top of pet waste clean-up in your yard.
  • Keep your entire home as clean as possible.
  • Be sure to deep clean around appliances and get hidden food that may be in your couch. Consider only eating in the dining room and kitchen until your roach infestation has been corrected.
  • Keep all food sources contained.

Exclusion

Cockroaches don't chew holes to get into your home. They find tiny holes and squeeze in. Some of the holes they use can be easily sealed. This won't get rid of cockroaches, but it will help you to stop roaches from getting in once you've worked hard to get them out. Apply these tips after you've given the roaches a few weeks to vacate the premises.

  • Create a seal around plumbing, wire conduits, and other objects that penetrate your foundation walls.
  • Replace or repair damaged weatherstripping and door sweeps.
  • Replace or repair door and windows screens and frames.

Cockroach Control With Quicker Results

If you're currently dealing with a cockroach infestation in your Columbus home and you want them gone as fast as possible, the solution is to hire a licensed pest control professional. If you're in the Columbus area, the service team here at Pestmaster® Services is standing by to assist you. Our industry-leading methods and products work to get control of even the most difficult cockroaches, like the German cockroach. Reach out to us today.

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