Wood roaches are one of the most hated bugs in many homes. This is because when they come in, they multiply quickly and cause a lot of inconvenience to everyone living in the house with them. If you have wood roaches in your home or want to prevent them from coming back in, this article has tips on how you can do so.
This is how you get rid of wood roaches
1. Seal off the wood roach’s hiding places
Wood roaches love dark and moist places. They will take shelter in your trees, firewood, and shed if you leave them outside to rot or set up too close to your house. You can prevent wood roaches from coming back by sealing these hiding spots as much as possible.
2. Clean up the place
Another way to get rid of wood roaches is to clean up your home. Often, wood roaches come in due to dirty dishes and poor hygiene. Properly cleaning your house after every meal will help stop them from coming back in. You can also vacuum or dust your floor to get rid of any food particles that may be left behind by the previous tenant/s or you so that they cannot lay eggs on it anymore. Ensure that trash bins are properly sealed before throwing out any leftovers since these bugs tend to live close to their source of food.
3. Use all-natural cleaners
Wood roaches do not like certain smells such as mint, lemongrass, and eucalyptus since they repel them. If you know the right recipes, you can make all-natural cleaners to deter these bugs from coming back in. Do an online search for “all-natural cleaner recipes,” and you will find several sites that have instructions on how to create your own.
4. Avoid leaving food out
Another way to get rid of wood roaches is not to leave any food lying around your house at all times. Take note that these bugs often try to sneak into homes during meal times when there is a lot of leftover food outside – especially if it has been left out for a long time already. It is best to eat meals inside the kitchen where it’s easier for you to clean up after yourself. Always remember to put leftover food back into the refrigerator.
5. Clean up any spills right away
Another way to keep wood roaches from coming back is to clean up all spills as soon as possible. Wood roaches love spilled liquids, so if you leave a huge mess behind, it may be a good idea to wipe them off using a dishcloth that has an aromatic smell they don’t like.
6. Scrub your floors regularly
Wood roaches have claws that allow them to climb walls and walk across ceilings without falling off easily. You can prevent these bugs from getting into your home by mopping or scrubbing the floor regularly. These bugs usually prefer dark places with hidden corners where dust can accumulate more, so if you don’t want them crawling inside your walls, you should clean up any dark spots you find near window sills and baseboards with a damp cloth.
7. Get rid of wood roach droppings
Wood roaches leave tiny brown or black droppings wherever they go, so if you see dark specs on the floor, this is probably what it is. You can get rid of these bugs simply by using a vacuum cleaner to suck them all up since their feces can carry bacteria that cause respiratory problems in people over time. Droppings from other insects such as crickets are similar to what wood roaches leave behind, so make sure to look closely before you decide to get rid of something not necessarily belong there.
8. Let your home dry out
Wood roaches love moist, humid places, so allowing your home to dry up completely will help get rid of them. If your house is constantly damp or you have leaking pipes anywhere that are causing pools of water to form in certain corners, this may attract these bugs. It would be best to seal off the areas where the leaks are coming from while you allow everything else to dry up.
9. Use chemical treatments
Using chemical treatments is another way on how to get rid of wood roaches. You can buy insecticides at home improvement stores specifically formulated for wood roaches, ants, and other similar insects. Be sure to read all instructions carefully before using any product since it could harm you instead if not used properly. For example, it is best to let chemical treatments “dry” for several hours before allowing children and pets into the area where they were applied.
10. Use boric acid treatments
If you don’t want to use insecticides or your local store doesn’t carry any wood roach-fighting products, you can make your own instead. One simple way to get rid of wood roaches with boric acid is by mixing Borax with sugar water (for the ants) in a small bowl and placing them near dark corners where these bugs usually hide. You should see results within days, if not weeks since these two chemicals together are like poison for them once ingested.
11. Scrub infested plants with detergent
Sometimes, wood roaches are not necessarily coming from inside your home but rather outside. If you have plants growing inside your house that you know are infested with these bugs, it is best to wash the leaves using a dish detergent. This should eliminate all insects hiding among its leaves and prevent them from transferring back to other plants or trees nearby.
12. Use “desiccants” for wood roaches
Desiccants like diatomaceous earth (DE) works by removing moisture from wood roaches’ bodies, causing them to dry out and die. You can get rid of these bugs simply by sprinkling DE, where they usually hide or crawl around. If you want to be more thorough in your application, you can lightly moisten DE with water then apply it to specific areas that appear infested. Just make sure you don’t get this mixed with other parts of your home because it will damage anything it comes into contact with if too much desiccant is used.
13. Use “wood roach” bait/poison gels
Wood roaches and other similar insects can be drawn in by the sweet smell of a special type of gel poison made specifically for them. These baits usually come in tubes with small needles meant for squeezing the contents onto areas where wood roaches are known to hide or nest, such as behind kitchen cabinets or appliances around your home. You may need someone to help you apply this properly since it will require precision not to contaminate other parts of your house when applied.
If you have a roach problem, it’s important to take care of the issue as soon as possible. The longer wood roaches are left unchecked in your home, the more likely they will reproduce and become an even bigger infestation. Roaches can carry diseases like salmonella and E-coli, so you must get rid of them quickly.