How To Get Rid Of Cockroaches
The world contains millions of insects, but most people will agree it is best if they don’t take up residence inside your home. This is especially true regarding unsanitary bugs, such as cockroaches. They are a pest in many ways and all homeowners should understand how to get rid of cockroaches and why it is so important.
Cockroaches are disgusting to see, but they pose more serious problems than simply looking ugly. They are capable of spreading germs, including common food poisoning bacteria such as salmonella. This happens in several ways, but most often when the pests ingest the bacteria then pass it through their droppings.
In addition, roaches can cause allergic reactions, and this may happen even without direct contact with the bugs. While some people experience only minor symptoms, others may suffer asthma attacks.
Risks to Household Items
Roaches are hungry pests that chew on nearly anything. They will eat various types of paper products, including books or even wallpaper. Roach droppings can also cause stains and odor on households. You should assume that any food exposed to roaches is unsafe for consumption and should be thrown out.
Common Areas for Cockroaches within the Home
Roaches tend to prefer areas close to food and warmth, meaning the kitchen is one of the first places you will see them. They won’t remain solely in the kitchen, however, but will set up comfortably in other areas where they can quickly hide. This includes in corners, behind wall art and picture frames and other areas that offer seclusion.
How to Get Rid of Cockroaches
When deciding how to best go about controlling cockroaches, keep in mind that most roaches are always hidden from your view. Each cockroach you see is just one tiny representation of a massive roach colony. This is why common do-it-yourself methods for killing roaches rarely work. Only pest professionals have the correct equipment and knowledge to get rid of cockroaches by destroying these hidden colonies.
However, here are things you can do to prevent an infestation from occurring in the first place and to prevent re-infestation.
- Keep it clean. This applies to all rooms of the house, but pay special attention to the kitchen and other areas that might harbor food crumbs. Roaches will feast on just about anything, but keeping your home clean will make it less inviting to roaches.
- Remove clutter. The fewer places you give roaches to hide the better. Throw away old cardboard boxes and other unnecessary items. Use only storage containers that you can seal airtight.
- Check items before bringing them into your home. Cockroaches like to hitch rides in grocery bags and used furniture or even used electronics. Inspect these items in and out before bringing them into your home.
- Seal areas of potential entry. Small cracks in walls or the foundation allows many types of pests, including roaches, easy entry into the home.
Prevention is always the best first step for any household pest. Since roaches are a health hazard, it is especially important to keep them out of the home whenever you can. Sometimes, despite your best efforts, roach infestation may occur anyway. When this happens, the sooner you act to get rid of them, the better.
If you are experiencing a cockroach infestation, you are not alone, U.S. Pest is here to help. Contact us today for a free inspection.