Wood roaches and wood bats are becoming popular with home gardeners because they are cheap, easy to control and do not have a chemical smell that can be a nuisance to other pets or humans.
However, when used properly, they are great for controlling cockroach infestations, particularly the cockroach known as the wood roatch, which can be found in kitchens, closets, attics and basements.
But there are a few precautions that can help prevent cockroach control problems, like wearing gloves and using proper cleaning techniques, according to the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
The best way to control roach infestation problems is by keeping roach populations low, according Dr. Michael Siegel, an associate professor of preventive medicine at the UW-Madison and co-author of the book, “Bite Size and Time.”
Here are five common roach control strategies to keep cockroatch populations at bay.
First, get rid of roach traps and other traps that have roach-proofing.
In general, traps with roachproofing are best.
In some areas, the Wisconsin Department of Agriculture advises that you put roach proofing on trap doors so you can be sure that roach can’t get in.
Second, get out of the kitchen and onto the dining room floor to eliminate the roach problem.
Roach can hide in your food or food containers, so make sure to avoid that area.
Third, get roach out of bathrooms, even if it is just in your shower.
If you don’t want roach living in your bathroom, put a plastic barrier in your sinks or showers, or use a separate shower curtain.
Fourth, use a small brush to wipe your hands and hands and the floor of your bathroom to keep roach from crawling.
Fifth, keep your kitchen and dining room clean and free of roaches.