Roaches are not just unsightly, but they are unhygienic creatures. If you notice roaches in your mobile home, then you have a problem on your hands. They can trigger allergies, and they can even leave bacteria around on your food. Basically, it is a problem that you need to deal with. On this page, we want to talk a little bit about how to get rid of roaches in a mobile home.
Here, you are going to learn about how to get rid of roaches in the most effective way possible. We are then going to wrap up by talking about how you can stop them from invading your space in the first place. So, let’s dive in. We are sure that you want to get rid of them as soon as you can.
Why Are There Roaches In Your Mobile Home?
We could give a long and convoluted answer here. However, it is simply because roaches find that being inside of your mobile home is far better than being outside.
Sure, roaches are hardy creatures, but they aren’t stupid. They are going to go where they can find warmth, food, and places to hide.
A lot of roaches get into mobile homes because they spot an opening. This could be a door left open, or a crack in the chassis. The gap doesn’t need to be large for them to get in. They are small creatures, after all.
Once the roaches are in, they are going to stick around. There will likely be a major source of food in the mobile home. Even if there are just a few crumbs here and there, that is enough to keep their stomachs full.
Of course, now that the roaches have found a brilliant place to live, they will start breeding. This, in turn, will mean that the infestation gets even worse.
A lot of the time, you won’t actually know that there are roaches in your mobile home until it is far too late. This is because roaches are nocturnal animals. If you spot them in your home during the daytime, then you know that the infestation has started to get out of control.
How to Get Rid of Roaches in a Mobile Home
There are a few ways that you can get rid of roaches in your mobile home. It may be wise to use a variety of different methods to guarantee the highest chance of success. Remember, these pesky little creatures are incredibly hardy. They have been around far longer than humans have. You will have to throw everything at the roaches to keep them at bay.
Call In The Exterminator
When most people think of exterminators, they think that an exterminator will only come to their home or business. That isn’t the case. Exterminators love to make money just as much as anybody, so if you have a roach infestation in your mobile home, then they are going to be more than happy to come and get rid of them for you.
Obviously, calling in the exterminator is going to be the most expensive option. However, this may be the only option that you have at your disposal if you truly want to get rid of them, particularly if there is a major infestation.
Roach Bait Gel
This is pretty much roach poison.
The gel will act as bait to attract the roaches. They will feast upon the bait. The poison won’t work right away, though. Instead, they will carry the food back to their nests and they may share it with their young and other roaches. So, the bait won’t just be poisoning a single roach, it will be poisoning several roaches at the same time.
Insect Growth Regulator
This may actually be included in the roach bait gel, but there are separate products on the market that will also act as an insect growth regulator.
The purpose of these chemicals will be to make the roaches infertile. Since they won’t be able to breed, the population will start to falter quickly.
Any normal insect spray will work here. You just spray it on the roach and they will choke to death. Pretty simple stuff.
Roach spray isn’t going to be the best ‘long term’ solution, though. This is because roach spray is only going to kill a single roach, and that is only when you see that roach. As we said before, if you see a roach, then chances are that your infestation is out of control already. Killing just one roach isn’t going to have much of an impact on anything. Still, it is handy to have around. Just do not use roach spray as your main source of roach control.
Clean Your Mobile Home
If you spend a bit of time cleaning up your home, then you will do a couple of things:
- You will be removing food that roaches will eat, forcing them to leave the home.
- You will expose areas where the roaches are hiding, allowing you to kill them.
Cleaning your mobile home isn’t the only way to get rid of roaches, but combined with other methods, it works well.
Make Up a Natural Insect Repellant
You can try to mix some water in a spray bottle with the oil of some of these plants. You can then spray it around the place:
Clean Up Damp Spots
Roaches need to be able to drink, so if you clean up any damp spots in your mobile home, it may drive them out of the place, searching for new sources of water.
How Can You Prevent Roaches From Getting Into Your Mobile Home?
Of course, prevention is always going to be better than the cure. This means that you need to come up with ways that you can stop the roaches from getting in to begin with.
Spray Insecticide Around the Mobile Home
Roaches come from the outside of your mobile home, so spray some insecticide around the outside of the mobile home and this should help to keep many of them at bay. In fact, this is probably the best method that you can use to deal with outdoor roaches.
As we said before, roaches are attracted to your mobile home because they want the food and drink that is inside. Mobile homes are prone to damp spots, so make sure that you clear them up. You will instantly be removing one of the main reasons why a roach would want to be coming into your mobile home to begin with.
Remember, roaches aren’t the only reason why you should be dealing with damp spots. Those damp spots can lead to mold, and that isn’t going to be good for your health at all, even if you are able to keep the roaches out in other ways!
Again, you are going to be removing one of the main resources that a roach is after here. You do not want to make your mobile home seem like a good place where they can have a snack.
If you drop any food on the floor, then make sure that you clean it up right away. Do not leave open trash bags in accessible locations. Wash up your plates and pans as soon as you are done with them. The second that you let your routine slip is the second that the roaches will try to take advantage of you.
Keep Doors Shut
If you can keep your doors shut, then do so. Most roaches will probably end up speaking through the door.
Windows shouldn’t pose that much of a problem. Roaches can climb, but they probably won’t be putting in the effort to get through an open window.
Tie Up Trash Bags
Any trash bags left outside of the mobile home will need to be tied up properly. Obviously, you should be disposing of them as quickly as you can, but we know that this is not going to be possible in some situations.
Patch Up Holes
Finally, keep an eye out for any holes in the mobile home. A roach can sneak through even the smallest of holes. We suggest that you inspect for holes at least a couple of times per season. There are plenty of patch kits on the market that you can use to temporarily fix the problem, but make sure that you get the bodywork of the mobile home repaired properly at some point.
Roaches often get into mobile homes because it is an easy source of food or water. Preventing this from happening is always going to be the best option, and denying them access to food and water is going to be a good start. However, if you are already dealing with a roach infestation, you will likely want to get in touch with an exterminator as soon as possible. You can also use bait gel to start killing the roaches off.