Since cockroaches are nocturnal creatures, you may not realize that many species of roaches actually fly. Unfortunately, if you are seeing flying cockroaches during the day, the infestation has probably become quite large. Getting rid of flying cockroaches may seem daunting, but we have all the information you need.
What cockroaches fly?
There are several species of cockroaches that are capable of flight. Species of roaches that fly include: Asian roaches, smoky brown roaches, Australian roaches, and wood roaches. American roaches have wings, but they only glide for short distances. German and Oriental roaches, which are common household pests, do not fly.
How do you prevent flying roaches?
Preventive measures for flying cockroaches are very similar to other species of roaches. In order for your roach prevention measures to be effective, it is necessary to address both the inside of your home, as well as the exterior. One of the best ways to start is to seal the outside of your home. Use caulk to seal any cracks and gaps. Pay special attention to areas where pipes or wires enter the home. It is also crucial to have screens on your windows and doors. Repair or replace any screens that may be missing or torn.
On the inside of your home, make sure that it is as clean as possible. Roaches can be found in clean houses, as well as dirty ones, but they are more likely to enter when plenty of food and crumbs are available. Try not to leave food and dishes out, wipe up spills immediately, vacuum regularly, and store food in airtight containers. Roaches also love moist areas, so eliminate excess moisture by fixing leaky pipes or faucets.
How do you eliminate a flying cockroach infestation?
If you have flying cockroaches in your house, there are several things you can do to get rid of them.
- Start by doing your research. Find out where the roaches in your home like to hide. Cockroaches prefer dark, moist places like behind appliances, under sinks, in bathrooms and laundry rooms, in basements, and in cabinets.
- Place roach baits in areas where you have seen roaches or signs of roaches. Boric acid tablets are particularly effective on roaches and can be placed in out of the way areas that are not easily treated with liquids.
- Use an insecticide to control the population. Insecticides that are labeled for cockroaches come in both liquids and aerosols. Treat around infested harborages indoors and apply a residual around the perimeter of your home.
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