01 Nov

You probably saw some scary things while out and about celebrating Halloween, but what you didn’t realize is that the real horror show is right in your own home. You stumble to the kitchen for a midnight snack, and in your sleepy state you see a small shadow run across the floor, between your feet and under the fridge. With a little investigation you realize that it was a cockroach, and he is not alone under there.

So what do you do when you find roaches under your refrigerator?

The only logical first step is to take a moment to freak out. Fear of the unknown bug comes first, followed quickly by complete disgust as you realize that yes, you actually saw what you thought you saw. The disgust is very understandable considering roaches spread many different types of germs, bacteria and disease, including salmonella and E. coli.

The second step is to clean like crazy. Yes, it’s the middle of the night, but each surface gets scrubbed and disinfected at least three times, those last dishes you thought could wait until morning are now washed and put in cupboards, and that box of crackers left on the counter gets thrown in the trash. While you’re at it, that trash gets taken out right away, no reason to leave any snacks there for your new house guests to feast on. Hopefully the neighbors don’t see you running around to the trash can in the middle of the night in your Captain America pajamas.

Roaches aren’t afraid of a clean house

Unfortunately all that cleaning won’t deter the pests. Even in the cleanest of homes, a roach can find that crumb that you accidentally swept under the fridge, or just snack on the glue holding your wallpaper on the wall. If you somehow were able to deprive them of all food sources, they would still be able to survive a full month without food.

The third step is to fitfully sleep away the few remaining hours until morning comes, dreams filled with visions of roaches running over all the newly cleaned surfaces in your home. Morning eventually comes and you have to decide; what to do now?

You could go buy a spray from the store, something that may or may not actually be effective at eradicating your unwelcome friends. Or you could search the internet and make your own repellent using catnip and cloves. You found the recipe on Pinterest, and everything pinned on Pinterest works perfectly, right?

But do you really want to take that chance?

The more you think of those creepy critters moving in and swarming your home, the more you realize there is only one option, and soon your friends from Admiral Pest are on the way.

You’ll be sleeping much better tonight. After disinfecting the kitchen at least three more times, of course.

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