Many households in Florida will need to call a professional to combat a problem with roaches or other pests. Living in a humid and somewhat wet area means roaches thrive. If you are calling an exterminator for the first time, you will want to know more about the process and aftercare.

What Are Pest Control Sprays?

Roach spray, also known as roach insecticide, is formulated to control active roach infestations while preventing future infestations. It is made of harsh chemicals that will cling to the body of the roach. As they come in contact with other pests, the chemical is transferred. It creates a domino effect amongst the roach and pest community to solve the infestation concerns.

Does Spraying Bring Out Cockroaches Instantly?

It will send initial cockroaches into frenzy mode. It is likely they will come out of hiding as they attempt to escape the chemicals. However, most of them will hide and come out after the spray is finished and pick up the chemicals left behind.

How Does Cockroach Spray Work?

A pest control professional will come in and spray the chemicals in areas where you have seen roaches and target hiding spots. A roach infestation is often not seen because they love to be in dark places. Spraying these areas will ensure that a few roaches pick up the chemicals and transfer them to others.

 Are The Chemicals Harmful?

The chemicals are fatal for a cockroach infestation but not fatal to humans or pets in small doses. If the pest control company needs to do a heavy-duty spray session, you will be asked to leave the premises. Once the process has been performed, there is a waiting period to allow the spray to do its job without harming any individual or pet. Once you return, you will need to clean before children or pets return.

How Long Will It Take For All Of The Roaches To Die?

When you talk to pest control services, they will base it on how serious the cockroach infestations are. The more roaches you have, the longer it will take. You are likely to find dead roaches appear over 1-2 weeks as the chemicals are passed around. Many cockroaches eat the dead roaches and expire that way. Roaches can survive an exterminator’s treatment if an entryway has not been discovered and they escape. Professional exterminators with years of experience are excellent at sealing off all entryways to the home.

Things To Do After Roach Control Sprays Have Been Used

Just because the experts have come in and sprayed, doesn’t mean the job is finished. To protect your home, there is a list of things to do to keep you from needing another cockroach treatment.

Repair Leaks

Aside from roaches, pest problems are often because of leaky pipes in the home. They are dark and wet spaces that many pests and roaches survive in. Fixing these leaks will keep you from calling pest control professionals.

Get Rid Of Any Food Left Outside

Be mindful of pet food, bird feeders, and squirrel feeders that are outside and attract cockroaches to your home. Keep all of your pet food in airtight containers so they cannot get inside. Check your garbage cans as well. Roaches love to eat food and your scraps are an invitation.

Keep Checking For Roaches

No matter how long it’s been, always keep checking. You may want to include it as part of your household maintenance plan throughout the year. The quicker you detect a possible roach infestation, the quicker you can get rid of them. Avoiding severe infestations is important to the life of your home.

Do Roaches Come Back After Extermination?

They absolutely can if you neglect to care for your home. Here are some things you can do to keep things happy and roach-free.

Keeping Home Clean

Keeping our home clean by diligently doing household cleaning chores:

  • vacuuming
  • wiping surfaces routinely
  • ensuring clean food preparation
  • clearing dustbins daily

Sometimes all you need to do is clean.

Keeping Damp Areas Dry

Drying all wet, soggy regions and fixing any spillages would prevent roaches. By destroying their water sources, your home becomes less attractive.

Reducing House Accessibility

Sealing all openings and closing holes between door and window edges. Use any method to lessen availability and it will prevent roaches from getting and making a home of spaces.

natural remedies

Apply Natural Pesticides

Sometimes instead of using synthetic insecticides, we could use natural and non-toxic alternatives to standard bug bombs. Here are the top 3 natural roach control solutions:

Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous earth (DE) is fine dust created by grinding up the fossilized shells of diatoms, which are microscopic ocean organisms.

So how does Diatomaceous earth powder work? DE is abrasive and breaks down the waxy layer of the cockroach’s hard exoskeleton, killing it through dehydration. It is very versatile and easy to use. Sprinkle it:

  • behind appliances and food processing equipment
  • under furniture
  • inside cupboards
  • in the kitchen on food handling surfaces

Since it’s easy to clean up with a vacuum, diatomaceous earth works for roaches in cars and trucks, too.

Boric Acid

When cockroaches crawl through the boric acid powder, it gets all over them, sticking to their bodies. When the cockroach cleans itself, it ingests the powder. The acid will make its way into the nervous and digestive systems, causing death shortly after ingestion.

Boric acid is considered so effective because cockroaches eat other dead cockroaches. After the cockroaches eat the one that died, the acid gets into their system, and the cycle continues.

We Can Help

Cockroaches among other bugs are notoriously difficult to get rid of because they are resilient and they’re great at hiding. If you’ve tried DIY methods of getting rid of them, like eliminating food and water sources or sealing up gaps in your home, but you still have a cockroach issue, it is time for help. Call us today and we can go over all your options for your situation. Let us take care of the dirty work.