Spotting a cockroach crawling across your kitchen counter is one of those moments that’s sure to make your heart drop. And after the initial shock fades, you brace yourself for a long battle against the bugs. To give you a fighting chance against the roach infestation, we reached out to Chelle Hartzer, the technical services manager at Orkin, for her professional tips on dealing with these notoriously difficult pests. With this insider knowledge, even an insect that’s supposedly capable of surviving the apocalypse won’t stand a chance.
You Should Replace Your Traps Regularly
If you have some cockroach traps left over from last year’s infestation, it may be tempting to pull those out of storage. However, according to Hartzer, buying brand-new traps is the way to go. “You should get new traps on a regular basis because the attractiveness to them wears off,” she explains. “Also, many employ sticky surfaces and those surfaces naturally get dusty and dirty and the glue becomes less effective at trapping the cockroaches.” While reusing traps will save you a few bucks, in the long run, it could cost you by allowing the infestation to thrive.