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3 Ways to Kill Cockroaches Fast

Cockroaches populate quickly, so you’ll want to take action as soon as you suspect you have them. First, don’t panic.

Second, follow these simple steps to cockroach control and keep them from coming back.

    1. Kill on sight. If you see a cockroach, try to not let it get away. A female German cockroach produces 40 eggs at one time. Kill roaches on contact with Ortho® Home Defense® Ant, Roach & Spider Killer2. For best results, spray directly on pests and follow all other label directions.
    1. Poison the colony. For all the cockroaches you don’t see, place an Ortho® Home Defense® Roach Bait station every 6 feet. Put them in any area where you suspect cockroaches are most active, such as the kitchen and bathroom. Cockroaches take the bait and share it with other roaches, killing the adults, nymphs, and eggs. One caveat: While using bait, try to avoid spraying roaches you see since they will need to take bait back to share with the colony.
  1. Create a barrier. To protect your home from a future roach infestation, create a long-lasting bug barrier. Follow label directions and spray a wide band of Ortho® Home Defense® Insect Killer For Indoor & Perimeter2 along baseboards, door and window casings, and around the entire perimeter of your home. This fast-drying, no-odor formula provides up to 12 months of protection indoors on non-porous surfaces.

How to Keep Roaches from Entering Your Home

To help prevent household cockroaches, make your home less attractive to them. These tips can help:

Eliminate food sources.

Store food in the refrigerator or in airtight containers. Clean up after every meal, including washing dishes, picking up crumbs, and wiping up spills. Take out garbage regularly and store trash in tightly sealed bins.

Take away entry points.

Seal cracks and repair holes, especially around baseboards, shelves, cupboards, sinks, pipes, and windows. (Weather stripping, caulk, and spray foam work well for this.) Replace or repair ripped, torn, and damaged window and door screens.

Remove potential water supplies.

Fix leaky faucets, pipes, and sinks. Cover or cap drains. Insulate or tape pipes to reduce condensation.

One more thing to keep in mind: If you live in an apartment, condo, or row house, you may also end up dealing with your neighbors’ cockroach infestations. Talk to your neighbors (tactfully, of course) about working together to get rid of cockroaches. Then go ahead and share these tips with them!



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