Cockroaches are extremely adaptable, allowing them to survive in conditions that other insects couldn’t handle. Thanks to this adaptable nature, roaches can be very difficult to control. These pesky insects aren’t just unappealing to see, they can be highly dangerous as well. Roaches carry bacteria on their bodies that is easily transferred to humans. They transmit mainly gastrointestinal diseases, including food poisoning, dysentery and diarrhea. Additionally, roaches create what is known as “roach dust”, which is a strong attack trigger for asthma sufferers.
To prevent roaches from entering your home, be sure to caulk, weather-strip and repair any holes you find around water pipes, baseboards, doors and window. This is especially important in apartment buildings, where roaches move quickly from unit to unit along the pipes. Experts also recommend removing old boxes and paper to remove potential hiding places for roaches, and storing food in sealed containers. It’s also important to keep all trash cans tightly sealed and avoid keeping them under the sink, as roaches may have easy access through sink piping.
Pesticide sprays, dusts, baits and traps are all common methods of roach control. Baits are considered to be “low risk” pesticides that work well for getting rid of roaches. Baits contain food which attracts roaches, who then eat the food and die. Once the insect has died, other roaches will eat its body and be poisoned also, killing off the population.
Since the best way to control pests is to prevent them entering your home or office, make sure to take the proper precautions to protect your family or employees. Keep your space clutter free, repair any holes in the walls, pipes, and sinks and fill potential hiding places with foam to keep roaches out. Also, keep your home and office clear of roach dust by vacuuming regularly and replacing older carpets when an extensive infestation has been found.
Even if you only find one roach, it’s important to have your home checked by a pest control professional for signs of more, as an infestation can occur quickly and can cause extensive damage and dangerous health problems.