To get rid of pests and keep them from coming back, these steps are key.
Recycle piles of newspapers, paper bags, cardboard, and bottles, especially around stoves and refrigerators.
Store clothing and linens you don’t use in sealed plastic boxes or bags.
Use a vacuum with a hose and crevice tool. Special filter vacuums, known as HEPA or allergen-reducing vacuums, work best.
Vacuum behind and under refrigerators and stoves.
Empty cabinets, throwing away old food and items with signs of pests.
Vacuum inside gaps and holes in walls and in and behind cabinets. Start high and work down.
When you’re done, seal the vacuum bag in plastic and throw it out.
Wash Hard Surfaces.
Wear household gloves.
Fill two buckets with warm water: one with a mild soap or detergent, and one with plain water for rinsing. Separate rinse water will help you avoid spreading insect eggs, food, and other wastes. Change the water often.
Use a sponge and plastic scouring pad or scrub brush to scrub and rinse:
Countertops, tables, and surfaces where food is stored, prepared, or eaten.
Under the stovetop, inside burners, and under and behind the stove, refrigerator, and dishwasher.
Inside the rubber seal of the refrigerator door.
Inside drawers, cabinets, and shelves in the kitchen and bathroom.
For hard-to-remove stains, use a mild bleach solution (1 part bleach, 10 parts water) or a cleaning product with bleach.
Never mix bleach with ammonia or other cleaning products!
Clean Small Appliances
Cockroaches like warm, dark places such as toasters, countertop grills, microwave ovens, and clocks.
Unplug the appliances and vacuum them out.
For serious infestations, after vacuuming, seal the appliance in a plastic bag and put it in the freezer overnight.
Seal Cracks and Small Holes
Seal narrow gaps with 100% silicone caulk. Caulk around bathtubs, showers, and sinks, where walls meet the floor, inside cabinets, and where cabinets meet the wall.
Paint over small cracks in the walls, floor, or woodwork with a water-based latex paint. Fill Larger Holes and Gaps (more than 1/2” wide)
Stuff soapless steel wool or copper mesh inside holes before sealing. This keeps rodents from chewing through.
Use spackle or joint compound to fill gaps and holes that are too large to caulk. Do a little at a time, letting it dry between applications. Close Gaps Under Doors and Around Windows
Attach door sweeps to the bottom of doors leading outside or to a building common space.
Mend holes in screens by weaving in small pieces of screen. You can also use staples or duct tape to mend small cuts or tears. Screen Bathroom and Kitchen Vents
Pests can enter through vents. Block their entry and keep air flowing through vents by using mesh screens, cut to size and placed under or over the vent cover. Secure the screen with caulk or a staple gun.
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