Nothing strikes horror into the hearts of homeowners or holiday makers than the pitter-patter of tiny feet. I’m not talking about children, I’m talking about cockroaches! The creepy crawlies are well-known for surviving in harsh conditions, breeding fast and populating areas quickly, and they carry an allergen which has been linked to human asthma. So how can we get cockroaches out of our homes for good?
Cockroaches can survive for forty-five minutes underwater, and can survive on the most surprising food sources, including gum and glue from postage stamps and envelopes. For this reason it can be particularly difficult to eliminate a cockroach problem once they have moved in. Some of the most effective steps you can take are preventative measures, including keeping a house clean and tidy
There are around thirty different species of cockroach which are typically found in homes and commercial properties. Most live for around a year, and in this time a female cockroach can lay up to 400 eggs, which is a frightening thought for anyone who has spotted a cockroach in their home. It can be hard to know exactly how to tackle the problem, as some cockroaches hide their eggs, while others carry them on the surface of their body, and other internally until they hatch.
One of the most common mistakes that homeowners make is leaving food waste unattended or not cleaning properly. Cockroaches are a big problem but they are relatively small animals that don’t need much to survive. If you want rid of them it’s essential to ensure that absolutely nothing is there for them. Store your food in secure plastic containers rather than paper bags or cardboard boxes, which are easier for them to penetrate.
This is also true for the garden. Often cockroaches will become attracted to a home if the garden has a significant amount of waste available to feast on. Of course you can’t stop cockroaches coming into your garden, but you can ensure they don’t get inside by checking the exterior of the property for cracks and holes. Any potential cockroach-sized gaps should be filled in.
In terms of off-the-shelf cockroach solutions, there are two ways to go – poison or spiked food. If you have observed cockroaches, and you think you know where they access the property or a particular room you can apply cockroach poison to the area. This will stick to the body of the cockroach and poison them slowly.
Spiked food relies on the cockroaches taking the bait. Gels and pastes are available on the market which are highly appetizing for cockroaches, as well as deadly. The advantage of using this method is that you don’t have to necessarily find the cockroaches; they will find the food.
DIY pest control methods can be effective, but when you realize a female cockroach can lay hundreds of eggs each year, you will realize that any infestation will get worse exponentially. Pest control companies have access to special tools and equipment to deal with cockroaches, as well as the expert knowledge to know the right method to use.
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