How to Control Cockroach in Your Condo Unit Without Breaking the Bank

There are 2 very common species of cockroaches in the city, the American cockroach (the big flying ones) and the German cockroach (the small ones which never really grow bigger than 1/2 inch).

I am used to receiving amused laugh ones people know that we are infested by foreigners.:)

Adult American cockroach

Adult German cockroach (cockroach below is a gravid, with egg capsule at the bottom of the abdomen)

As usual, the small once are the more problematic ones and in this article, I will teach you how to tackle them, in a practical and inexpensive way.

To be able to effectively control cockroach in your condo, it is important to understand some vital information.

Majority of the condominium buildings in the city is maintained by a pest control service provider, some condo tenants like this, some don't. I am assuming that the readers and users of this article are those who initially do not like being invaded by service technicians and applied with insecticides, but is eventually hopeful that each pest control service will effect a change. My good news for you is that, if you follow these procedures, you are up to forthcoming comfort and changes. Truth be told, all condominium buildings in the Metro experience cockroach issue, 1 year after commencement of operation. Some cockroach issue however, is more problematic and apparent than others.

There are 2 scenarios, the macro and micro scenes.

The cockroach problem usually starts with one unit/tenant/area of the building (micro scene).

And if it is not handled well, it becomes a building issue (macro scene).

This is a practical, and usually asked question, how can a cockroach enter a condo unit?

First, you can unknowingly carry roaches into your unit through store bought items like food, groceries, packaged goods, or by bringing into a clean unit an infested furniture, appliances or packed items.

Second, you are new tenant in a unit and you did not know that roaches live in this unit before you even arrive. Areas they usually live without our knowledge are built-in cabinet, kitchen cabinet, restroom strainers, floor drain and in between tiles.

Third, the other unit owner has an infestation. One day the roaches are looking for food. They entered under your door. And found an expansion of their shelter in your home.

These are the 3 possibilities why you have roaches in your unit. But don't lose hope. It can be resolved. To effectively control roaches in your unit, you need to do a combination of a few things:

  1. Clean regularly.

Roaches live even in sanitary condition. How much more in a filthy one. Roaches thrive in water alone.

For your kitchen, practice CLAYGO (Clean as You Go). No dirty dishes are staying overnight or your roaches are kept well-nourished.

Wipe stove after you cook. Oil is cockroach food.

Clean dining table and dining floor. Food crumbs on top and below are cockroach food.

Allot a budget for tightly sealed trash bags or trash bins. A loosely open trash bin or trash bag is available food enough to nourish a nation roaches.

Dispose of trash on a daily basis or twice a day if you can. Dispose of used cartons and egg trays. Cockroach love them. In short, reduce your clutter.

2. Seal gaps. Roaches hide there.

To seal gaps, you can use cement, silicone sealant, or other sanitary sealant available in the market. Applying this is as easy as 1, 2, 3. Instruction is available at the sealant tube cover. Or of course, just check Youtube. This link is easy to follow: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6vjTxTFL-k0

Below are sample gaps which usually serve as hiding and breeding site of roaches:

Gap in between tiles.

A gap created by a broken tile

Gap between sink and cement or tile.