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Good Riddance to Roaches

Roaches can't help the fact that, to most humans, they are unwanted company. It's funny, though, how these pesky insects can often make a grown man or woman scream, tremble and run for cover faster than you can say, "Where's the bug spray?" 

But that's just the way it is. 

However, I've done a lot of investigative work, and if you want to get rid of roaches in your house, we can help. Read on and find out how.

Step 1: Cut down on their food supply

You will leave less food for the roaches if you: 

- Vacuum or sweep the floor after every meal.
- Wash dishes in soapy, hot water to eliminate all traces of grease.
- Keep trash in a tightly closed container.
- Keep compost as far from the house as possible. Cover each new "deposit" with a fresh layer of sand or soil.
- Store unused portions of chips, cereal, cookies, flour, sugar, rice, etc. in tightly sealed plastic containers or large glass jars with screw-on lids.
- After a pet has eaten, remove their food bowl and sweep the floor.
- Don't walk around the house while eating. Try to keep all your crumbs in one room (less cleaning for you).
- Don't forget to clean crumbs from under appliances daily.

Step 2: Make it hard for them to hide

If they can't hide, you can get them. So: 

- Move woodpiles away from outside walls.
- Take your recycling out promptly; avoid letting old food cans, stacks of newspapers or magazines pile up.
- There are a wide variety of products available to help get rid of roaches. However, these products should only be used by adults.

Step 3: Dry Up Their Water Supply

Like humans, roaches can go much longer without food than without water. To keep roaches away, keep them thirsty. 

- Fix dripping faucets.
- Pour some Lysol into toilets at night to make the water undrinkable.
- Don't over water house plants. Soggy soil is a delicious cockroach cocktail.

Step Four: Keep Them Out!

To prevent roaches from migrating from your neighbor's place to yours, seal up common roach entryways. 
- Fill holes where pipes disappear into walls with steel wool or caulk.
- Pour a little Lysol down your drains nightly to discourage roaches from crawling up into your sinks.
- Keep sink plugs over drains.