If you discover cockroaches in your house, you need to act quickly. The cockroaches are disease vectors and additionally trigger allergies as well as asthma. With these three professional tips you fight the pests.

Cockroaches are stubborn and difficult to get rid of. Home remedies such as vinegar or baking soda rarely help to really get rid of the pests. In order to really get rid of the annoying cockroaches, chemical means are usually necessary. Because these may also be harmful to humans, be sure to consult an expert before applying them. If you live in a rented property, inform your landlord or property management about the cockroaches.

  • fight cockroaches with bait gel

An effective remedy for cockroaches is bait gel, also known as cockroach gel. These are capsules filled with an insecticide gel. If the insects eat the capsules, they die after a short time. Other cockroaches eat the dead conspecifics and thus absorb the gel as well. In this way, the gel is distributed within the nest. After about seven days, the cockroach population should decrease. After two to three weeks, all cockroaches will have died. However, keep in mind that some eggs may have survived, and a new infestation is possible.

For the gel to work well, you must apply it to areas where you suspect an infestation. This is usually under kitchen cabinets, under the sink, behind baseboards, in closets, and in the toilet and shower. Also, eliminate all food sources for the cockroaches so that they only find the gel to eat. Therefore, clean the kitchen as well as the bathroom thoroughly and store food in sealable containers.

  • Cockroach traps

Bait gel alone is only part of the fight against cockroaches. Set out additional roach traps that contain an attractant. The traps are available with and without insecticide. In the second variant, there is an adhesive surface inside the trap. On this, the vermin will stick and you can release the pests in a distant place. In the case of cockroach traps with poison, the effect of the insecticide sets in with a delay. Thus, the cockroaches carry the poison back to the nest and distribute it there through feces or vomit.

  • Exterminators

Cockroaches are persistent and can usually only be removed with a major control effort. If neither gel nor traps help, the exterminator or pest control professional is the only salvation. The professionals have the means to tackle cockroaches even deep in crevices and cracks as well as destroy the eggs of the next generation. Exterminators also do follow-up inspections to make sure the insects really have been driven away. In some cases, the nest may not be inside your home at all, but outside. In this case, the professionals can extend the control and eliminate the source for good.