Here's How To Eliminate Flying Cockroaches In Your Home

One of the most dreaded pests in homes is the flying cockroach, and with good reason. These insects are not only disgusting to look at, but they can also spread diseases and trigger allergies. Luckily, there are ways to eliminate flying cockroaches for good. This involves a multistep approach of using baits and traps as well as preventing them from coming back into your home by removing clutter and food, and sealing up entry points.

Flying cockroaches are one of the largest species of cockroaches, with adults growing up to 2 inches in length. They are reddish-brown in color and have a distinctive set of wings that are foldable. These bugs are attracted to food sources such as crumbs, spills, and unsealed food containers. They can also contaminate food, surfaces, and utensils, making them a significant health hazard. They are notorious germ carriers, potentially spreading dozens of types of bacteria (including E. coli and Salmonella!) and six types of parasitic worms, as well as other pathogens. Their treks through filth and sewage leave them covered in bacteria, which they then leave all over your home. It's no wonder you don't want them around.

How to get rid of flying cockroaches

Naturally, flying cockroaches can be a significant concern. They can contaminate food and surfaces, but their presence can exacerbate allergies and asthma. People can be allergic to their saliva, fecal matter that is left behind, and even their bodies. Like dust mites, their excrement and residue gather in carpets and fabrics. Also, in many cases, flying cockroaches can cause emotional distress and disrupt daily life because they are so large and looming.

One way to get rid of cockroaches quickly is to use traps: Set up sticky traps or gel baits in areas where you have seen flying cockroaches. Replace traps regularly, and monitor their effectiveness. You can also try using boric acid. Boric acid attaches to the body of the cockroaches and kills them, but it doesn't kill eggs. You also have to wait for the roaches to walk in it for it to be effective. It's also important to attack the infestation right away. If it is not addressed, it can lead to a larger problem with other pests, such as mice and rats. This is because rats and mice eat cockroaches, so they will gravitate to areas where the insects are living and nesting.

Prevention is vital

One key to avoiding an infestation in the first place is to prevent flying cockroaches from entering your home. The biggest and most effective way is to maintain a clean and tidy living space. In fact, keeping clutter around is one avoidable mistake that attracts cockroaches to your home. Wipe down surfaces daily, and regularly sweep or vacuum floors. Don't leave dishes sitting in the sink; instead, wash them immediately, or place rinsed dishes in the dishwasher. It's also important to remove trash from your home frequently, instead of allowing it to sit in the garbage can too long. Having a smaller-size can may prompt you to take out the trash more often. Next, place food in sealed, airtight containers and clean up crumbs and spills promptly. Install screens on windows and doors to prevent flying cockroaches from entering your home.

You'll also want to seal entry points such as any cracks and crevices around windows, doors, and pipes. Next, eliminate standing water. Fix any leaks and empty standing water in sinks and bathtubs to prevent the insects from having a source of water, one of the things they look for in a home. However, one of the best things you can do is know when it is time to call a professional: If the infestation is severe or you are not comfortable dealing with flying cockroaches on your own, consider hiring a pest control professional.