Cockroaches can become major pests in the home. They breed rapidly and they are very resilient. These pests are a threat to human health as they carry various major illnesses including dysentery, typhoid, salmonella and gastro-enteritis. The risk of catching an illness is particularly high in homes with children, with the elderly, or people with existing medical conditions.
In addition, the presence of cockroaches in the home is disturbing. They produce a foul odour that contaminates food and every item with which they come into contact. Act fast to get rid of cockroaches to prevent infestation in your home. The following steps will help to eliminate cockroaches and prevent them from coming back.
Inspect your Home for Cockroaches
If you see one cockroach, it is certain that many more insects with spiny legs and long antennae are hiding in your home. You will rarely see a cockroach during the day. Therefore, look in your cupboards and pantries for cockroach droppings, which are small brown slime stains or pellets.
Look for Places of Entry
Do a little sleuthing to figure out from where in your home the cockroaches are entering. Inspect your home for cracks and holes that they can get through. It is almost impossible seal up your entire home because these pests frequently get into homes via drains or vents.
Get Rid of the Cockroaches
There are several ways to kill cockroaches. You can use an insecticide spray that is labelled for cockroaches. This can be sprayed along walls, cracks and vents throughout the house. There are also many professional grade pesticides available in the market for a more powerful effect against cockroaches. You can also place cockroach traps or cockroach bait in areas where cockroaches frequent. There are also do-it-yourself solutions that are simple and effective to use against cockroaches.
Prevent Cockroaches from Returning
After making a major effort to get rid of cockroaches, you do not want them to come back. Keep cockroaches away by keeping your house clean.
Always make sure the kitchen is spotless by cleaning crumbs and spills promptly. Clean your range tops because roaches thrive on grease.
Store food properly. Use food containers and do not leave food uncovered for a long time.
Empty your garbage container regularly and do not keep trash near your house.
Cockroaches are drawn to water, so be sure to repair dripping faucets or leaks.
Get rid of clutter and throw away old newspapers, plastic shopping bags and other objects where cockroaches can hide.
Call a Pest Control Expert
If all else fails, call licensed building and pest inspection experts to get rid of cockroaches in your home. These professionals have the experience of how to deal with cockroaches. They also know how to use chemicals properly, so your family is kept safe while the extermination process is ongoing.