How To Get Rid Of Flying Cockroaches?

Cockroaches are creepy pests that can scare anybody. It is scarier to imagine or experience a flying cockroach in your surroundings. Cockroaches usually can only crawl. Many people though are unaware of certain species that can also fly for a certain distance. Coming across flying cockroaches in your home still can be a scary situation that can trigger anxiety and discomfort which is why it is important to know how to get rid of them from your surroundings. Here are some ways that can help you in eliminating flying cockroaches from your home.

Why Are Flying Cockroaches Harmful?

  • Flying cockroaches are a major health hazard. They carry germs and disease-spreading bacteria that contaminate food and make the people consuming it come down with dysentery and digestive issues.
  • Due to their ability to fly, they can access kitchen countertops and the food on it.
  • The droppings and skin shed by these pests can trigger allergic reactions in people. These pests can also cause asthma among people.
  • Flying cockroaches are small in size and so can enter through tiny access points. They can come in through windowsills, cracks in doors, floors and walls.

How To Get Rid Of Flying Cockroaches?

  • Baking soda and sugar

Mix baking soda and sugar in a container and place them in areas that cockroaches use. They will be attracted to the mixture but will eventually die due to the presence of baking soda.

  • Borax and sugar

A borax and sugar mixture will work by dehydrating the exoskeleton of the cockroach after which it dies. This mixture is quite fast and effective in getting rid of flying cockroaches from your home.

  • Essential oils

Dilute citronella, cypress, tea tree, and peppermint oils with water. Transfer this solution to a spray bottle and apply it on cockroach nests, entry points in walls, cabinets, cooking areas, doors, window sills etc.

  • Traps and baits

Baits and traps are highly effective in doing away with flying cockroaches.  The baits first attract cockroaches and then eliminate them. Some part of the bait also gets carried to their nests and colonies which is then consumed by the other cockroaches. The bait also contaminates eggs of other cockroaches affecting their breeding cycles. Place these baits in common harborage areas including kitchen cabinets, near washing machine, kitchen sink etc.

  • Pesticides

Pesticides and sprays can be used to eliminate flying cockroaches in an efficient manner. You just need to spray the common zones in the house with pesticide and keep the doors and windows closed for 20-30 minutes. The chemical content in the pesticide will kill off the cockroach colonies effectively.

  • Maintaining hygiene

Flying cockroaches are also attracted to homes that offer them with a constant supply of food and moisture. These insects are also drawn to properties where the food storage is improper and they can smell the eatables that are stored incorrectly.  Ensuring cleanliness in the cooking and dining areas is key to preventing these pests from entering and breeding in your house.

  • Blocking entry points

Since cockroaches can use the smallest of access points, it becomes more important to seal them to keep off more of these pests. With this simple precaution, you also will keep other pests such as ants, rodents, termites from infesting your premises. You need to consult professional pest controllers if you still experience flying cockroach issue even after sealing off their entry points.

  • Get rid of damaged wood

Flying cockroaches tend to get attracted to damaged, decayed and damp wood. If there are any woodpiles around the external premises of your house in a similar condition, it is sure to be used by these pests. They can also use it for entering into your home for breeding and residing inside. Hence, make sure to dispose of such logs of wood at the earliest.

Flying cockroaches can be quite a headache for majority of householders in Australia. Make sure you get rid of them with the help of pest control professionals who can provide long-term results. Get in touch with a reputed pest control service provider soon after you spot a flying cockroach in your home. This will ensure the infestation is treated at the earliest without giving the cockroach infestation an opportunity to grow and spread rapidly.