Cockroaches have been the bane of many a homeowner's life for centuries. As masters of their craft, they excel at sending shivers down your spine, and are one of the hardest pests to get rid of.
Most homeowners and exterminators struggle to get rid of this little critter as they can survive under the harshest conditions (as described in one of our blogs: the secret life of cockroaches). Furthermore, their reproductive capabilities make it challenging to rid yourself of them completely -"if you cut one head off, two more will take its place".
Cockroaches are a health risk
The presence of cockroaches in your home can pose a serious health risk to you and your family. Cockroaches are known to carry a large number of serious diseases such as dysentery, typhoid, poliomyelitis, and gastroenteritis to name a few.
Many substances on which cockroaches feed are already contaminated. They feed on just about anything: fermenting products to faeces and rotting food (with that bit of information imagine finding a cockroach scurrying around your grocery cupboard!) It has been established that the presence of cockroaches in your home may induce Asthma in you and your children (read our blog Fact or Fiction: Cockroaches cause asthma). Additionally, cockroach faeces may cause eczema and an allergic reaction in some people.
Tips on how to get rid of cockroaches
The first step is to find out whether you so indeed have a cockroach problem. Look out for signs of a cockroach infestation such as droppings, cast skins and egg cases, coupled with an unpleasant odour in dark, undisturbed areas like cupboards, kitchenettes, or under refrigerators.
Find the source of infestation
Find out where cockroaches are coming from. Cockroaches are nocturnal, meaning that they are active during the night time in search of food. You might need to do a little sleuthing to find the source of your cockroach infestation. Generally cockroaches hide in cracks and crevices around your house. They enter through drains or vents, preferring warm, humid areas such as kitchens as their prime infestation spot.
Sealing cracks, skirting boards and any other entry points cockroaches use to gain access will assist in getting rid of cockroaches. Additionally, this will help prevent cockroaches from entering your home.
Deny Access to Food and water
The most effective way to exercise cockroach control is to prevent them from accessing food and water. Be sure to store food in sealed containers or in sealed plastic bags and clean food debris from under fridges or cookers. Make sure to not leave liquids standing overnight in kitchen sinks or buckets.
Keep your kitchen clean
Clean all food waste and spillages immediately and keep refuse or compost in sealed bins. German Cockroaches tend to favour kitchens and can be attracted to crumbs in your home. Be sure to disinfect kitchen surfaces as cockroaches are attracted to dirt and grime.
DIY Cockroach Extermination
Kill cockroaches with DIY cockroach control methods. Try placing cockroach poison in areas where you have spotted signs of a cockroach infestation. It's also worthwhile to try getting rid of cockroaches by mixing together some natural home remedies, such as boric acid. This acts as a poison which they carry back to their nests and feed to theirs nymphs. Make sure to not leave any poison in areas where pets or children eat or play. Additionally, Bay leaves can also be used as a natural cockroach repellent, but do not kill them.
Lay Cockroach Traps
Put cockroach traps in place in your home to get rid of cockroaches. Cockroach traps entice cockroaches in and then entrap them with an adhesive. Get a few of these and place them wherever cockroach activity is the highest.
These DIY methods should help control cockroaches to a certain degree. If the cockroach infestation is left untreated it can quickly escalate and spread to neighboring properties. DIY methods should help address the immediate cockroach problem, although cockroach infestation will likely re-occur. This is partly due to surviving cockroach eggs hatching after one or two months.
It is important to seek the help of a qualified pest control technician to get rid of cockroaches in the long term. Using a qualified pest control operator will ensure that the insecticides used are environment-friendly and safe for your home and family.
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Updated By: Bakang Kganyago