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How to get rid of Cockroaches in your Home


Cockroaches like undisturbed places like beneath fridgesCockroaches are known to be the most ancient insects to walk the planet, and they also happen to be the most stubborn to kill off. Cockroaches carry serious illnesses such as dysentery, typhoid, poliomyelitis and gastroenteritis as they can live on just about anything;  including fermenting products, septic dressings, hair, leather, wallpaper, faeces and rotting food. And, they often breed in unhygienic areas.

Many of the substances that cockroaches feed on are already contaminated, as this creepy crawly insect moves from one location to another. Not only can people get sick from the bacteria with which cockroaches contaminate our living areas, but some people are actually allergic to cockroach faeces;  inhaling it as small particles of dust, or ingesting it along with food (Planet Cockroach, 2012). Cockroach droppings can cause eczema and asthma, and the health risks are particularly high in homes containing children, the elderly or those fighting other illnesses.As a cockroach infestation in your home poses various health risks, it is important to establish the source of your cockroach problem and to ensure you take the appropriate steps to start getting rid of cockroaches in your home.

Tips on how to get rid of cockroaches
1. The first step is to find out if you indeed have a cockroach problem. Look out for the signs of a cockroach infestation,  such as droppings, cast skins, egg cases, coupled with an unpleasant odour in dark, undisturbed areas like cupboards, kitchenettes, or under refrigerators.
2. Find out where cockroaches are coming from. Cockroaches are nocturnal; meaning they are active during 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 and also enter through drains or vents, preferring warm, humid areas such as kitchens as their prime infestation spot.
3. Sealing cracks, skirting boards and any other entry points cockroaches can use to gain access will assist in getting rid of cockroaches, and will help prevent cockroaches from entering your home.
4. The most effective way to exercise cockroach control is to prevent them from accessing food and water. Be sure to store food in containers or in sealed plastic bags and clean food debris from under fridges or cookers and make sure to not leave liquids standing over night in kitchen sinks or buckets.
5. Clean all waste food 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.
6. Kill cockroaches with DIY cockroach control methods. Try placing cockroach poison in areas where you have spotted the cockroach infestation. It is also worthwhile to get rid of cockroaches by mixing together natural home remedies, such as boric acid which acts as a poison that they carry back to their nests and feed to nymphs (the life cycle stage before they develop into adults). Make sure to not leave any poison in areas where pets or children eat or play. Bay leaves can also be used as a natural cockroach repellent, but does not kill them.
7. Put in place cockroach traps 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 activities are highest.
Although there are many things you can try to get rid of cockroaches in your home, if your cockroach problem is left untreated, it can quickly escalate and spread to neighboring properties. Even though DIY cockroach control products address the immediate issue, cockroach infestations are likely to re-occur, especially when surviving cockroach eggs hatch 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, as well as to ensure that the insecticides that the cockroach control experts use are environment-friendly and safe for your home and family.

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  1. Posted April 22, 2013 at 10:16 am | Permalink

    Thank you Nicole. This information seems to be very useful to me. Looking forward to your next blog..

    • Posted April 22, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

      Thank you for your feedback, Bhimashankar. Delighted to hear that this advice can be of help. Looking forward to sending out more posts about how to deal with the common house pest.

      • salim
        Posted March 18, 2014 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

        thanx very much nicole for the useful tips,i found this very beneficial.i always think of burning these roaches but my religion doesn’t allow that.

        • Posted March 18, 2014 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

          Hi Salim

          Thanks so much for your feedback!

          I know exactly how you feel – these critters are definitely a force to be reckoned with. If you don’t particularly want to kill them outright, you can always ensure your cockroach proof your home. By ensuring cracks and gaps are sealed with a sealant once can keep them from entering the home. It also helps to ensure there isn’t any food debris available for them to nibble on, as they love coming out to see what’s to eat during night time.

          If you have questions, please feel free to ask any time.

          Best regards,

  2. Riya Facilities
    Posted April 23, 2013 at 7:16 am | Permalink

    I don’t like this insect at all. Getting rid of them is like one of the best things happening to me. Thanks for your research article on those Pest Control measures.

  3. henrymark101
    Posted April 26, 2013 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the post dude…
    Keep it up bro..!!!

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