While many people think that cockroaches are a pest that only live in older homes, the truth is that any dwelling could become a residence for these household pests. Fortunately, there are ways to prevent an invasion, as well as several methods of dealing with a cock roach infestation should it occur. The best approach to cockroach control is one that makes the home as inhospitable to roaches as possible.
It is a good idea to proactively do everything possible to limit the opportunities for cockroaches to enter the home in the first place. This means taking steps to secure the building by closing off small ports of entry. Caulk and weather-strip around all windows and doors, as this will help seal the tiny cracks where the roaches could enter. In like manner, seal the areas around water pipes, both inside and outside the building therefore limiting easy access into the home.
If cockroaches are already in the home, then it is possible to use several methods to eliminate them. The first task is to cut off the food and water supply. Repair leaky drains and faucets, so the roaches cannot make use of dripping water. Store food items in sealed containers before placing them in the pantry Never leave food out overnight, as this is an open invitation for the roaches to feed.
Even dirty dishes can undermine your best efforts at cockroach control. Making sure all dishes are washed and put away before going to bed can help eliminate cockraoches. If dishes must be left until morning, place in the sink covered with hot soapy water. Cockroaches tend to steer clear of water containing dish-washing liquid.
Keeping your space clean is important to cockroach control. Make sure the kitchen, dining room, and any other area of the home where residents consume food of any kind is free of all types of crumbs.
There are several methods of cockroach control to rid the home of a cockroach infestation. One of the most common is to call an exterminator and arrange for monthly cockroach control treatments. However, there are a few other methods that may work, depending on the extent of the invasion.
One time-honored method of cockroach control involves the use of boric. Combining the boric acid with a small amount of flour and water, making small pellets or balls which can be left in areas where the roaches have appeared. The cockroaches consume the boric acid and die in a short period of time.
A Cockroach trap is another way of managing cockroach control around the home. These traps usually include some sort of cockroach bait, secreted in a small boxy container. Roaches enter the container in search of the bait and become trapped, where they eventually die. This type of cockroach trap has been around since the 1960’s and remains one of the more popular methods of taking care of a mild roach problem. Cockroach repellent is also a popular option. One disadvantage of this form of cockroach control is that the ingredients in the repellent are sometimes toxic to pets. When products of this type are used, they should be applied carefully, and kept out of the reach of young children as well as pets.
Cockroaches can also be quite common and they can be quite dangerous as they carry diseases. Cockroaches usually come out at night, so when you see one during the day, it can be a sign of a severe infestation and a form of pest control needs to be used as soon as possible. The diseases they spread include salmonella and dysentery. The symptoms include abdominal pain and diarrhea.
Cockroach Control DIY methods will help, however follow though with a Cockroach pest control service for best results. Use a specialist such as Pest Control Auckland Cockroach Control or Auckland Carpet Steam ‘n’ Dry Cockroach Control. Also look at the variety of services they offer. Many cockroach control companies also offer regular maintenance to ensure the cockroaches do not return. Some Auckland cockroach control companies can treat the home for several pests, depending on the range of issues you’re facing. When hiring a cockroach control company, the key is to have a proposal – tailored to your needs and budget. The rest will fall into place as you start treating the problem and gaining the benefits of a cockroach-free home.
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