Roaches like humidity and warmth. They can survive just about anything, but cold weather makes a significant reduction in their reproduction. In addition, like humans, roaches prefer to be out and active in warmer weather.
Reproduction is based on the life cycle and it is very sensitive to small temperature changes.
For example, if the temperature drops five degrees, the roach reproduction life cycle is cut in about half. If you take it down another five degrees, you cut the cycle down by another half.
So, in other words, for a ten-degree drop in coolness roach reproduction will decrease by 3/4.
Evidence of temperature on roach reproduction is the relatively higher number of roaches in hotter and more humid states than colder states. States with harsh winters have the least number or cockroaches.
One thing that roaches do is come indoors for the winter. They like a hot spot under a water heater, a stove, or the pantry. Areas with a lot of outdoor roaches will simply come into the home for the winter.
Boric acid dust in concrete cracks can help keep them from walking into your home and reproducing successfully.
Getting Rid Of Roaches: Identify Their Area
If you plan on getting rid of these cockroaches, you would need to first identify where are the areas that they normally hang out.
Roaches like dark, damp and moist places. Particularly if there is an abundant source of food nearby for them to rummage through at night.
Most of the time, you can find them coming out at night in your kitchen or bathroom areas. Places where we normally throw out our leftover food like trash cans or near drains are their ideal hangout spot.
Use Roach Traps
Now instead of trapping them, you’ll want to exterminate them. This is where you use cockroach bait which you can easily buy from any pest control store.
One thing about using roach traps or bait is that they are fairly easy to use. You do not need to do any substance mixing or preparation.
The insecticide is located in a small child-resistant plastic container. There is no need to empty out any food cabinets or cover any food preparation. All you need to do is get around 10 or 12 of these roach traps to place strategically in those areas where the roaches have been spotted.
Nooks And Corners
Just slip them underneath your refrigerator, stove, kitchen cabinets, dishwasher, and storage places. Remember now, you need to place them in all the nooks and corners where cockroaches will travel along.
Do not spray any insecticide on these roach traps or around them as these will deter the roaches from coming near.. The idea is that the roaches come out and eat the cockroach bait or bring them back to their nest where they will slowly die.
Don’t worry as the insecticide is not exposed to people or pets. You should be able to see a significant change in the roach population within 1 to 3 weeks.