Cockroaches, a nuisance pest across the globe, can cause all sorts of trouble in both your home and your business. When a cockroach invades a property it brings with it notions of dirt and poor hygiene, which can have a negative effect on your business (download our business impact of pest report(s) to find out more).
Cockroaches are very tough insects, (you may have heard the rumours of cockroaches being able to survive a nuclear attack) they are able to breed quite rapidly, and can survive on almost any food, and will turn cannibalistic if necessary. This survival instinct means that professional treatment is necessary to combat a cockroach infestation successfully.
Getting rid of cockroaches
As previously discussed, the true nature of cockroaches makes them hard to control. However, the best way to get rid of roaches is through prevention. Lowering the possibility of cockroaches coming into your home and/or business can save you both time and money.
How to prevent cockroaches
Preventing cockroaches can be successfully carried out with a few easy steps. When it comes to prevention and pest control it’s the simple things such as keeping doors and windows shut which can make a huge difference.
Here are 4 ways prevention can help you get rid of cockroaches:
1. Eliminate food sources
Cockroaches are amazing scavengers. In an urban environment, roaches rely heavily on the food humans leave behind. Like us, their diet mainly consists of sugar, protein, and carbohydrates. The best way to prevent roaches is to remove any potential food sources lying around your home or business.
This can simply be done by:
- Although like rodents, cockroaches can last a week or two without water as long as the moisture content in their food is high, it is still a vital part of their diet. Removing standing water from buckets and sinks can help prevent cockroaches from entering your property in search of water.
- It’s also worth noting that cockroaches are attracted to moisture and love to live in damp places. Eliminating standing liquids can make your home and/or business seem less appealing.
Remove standing food:
- As you already know cockroaches are known to be amazing scavengers. Removing leftover food sitting on tables, kitchen counters, and desk can help reduce the appeal of your home to cockroaches.
Store food away:
- Smell is an important factor in cockroaches finding your home or business inviting. You can help reduce this attraction by storing items of food such as cereals and pet food in airtight containers.
Cans, bottles, and plastics:
- Leftover residue in empty cans, bottles, and plastics can be very alluring too. Even though these items are usually found in a bin, there’s nothing stopping roaches from making the transition from your garbage to your home. A good prevention tip is to rinse these containers out thoroughly before disposal.
Empty bins regularly:
- Bins are a prime cockroach location. They offer cockroaches a whole range of different food to consume. Emptying out your bins regularly, preferably on a daily basis, will help prevent roaches from entering your property.
Although you can take the necessary procedures to limit the food accessible to cockroaches, this will not remove them 100%. Cockroaches are known to consume other forms of food that may sound strange to you and me. Studies show that cockroaches will eat paper, glue and even turn to cannibalism when traditional forms of food are not available.
As with other forms of pest prevention, one of the best ways to reduce the risk of accumulating a cockroach problem is keeping a clean house. Ensuring that work surfaces are clear of food debris, as well as clearing up all waste and spillage will help prevent cockroaches. Cockroaches are more active during nightfall so removing pet food, drink, and litter trays is also a good method.
When it comes to offices and workplaces, keeping your office clean as well as limiting eating at your desk can help prevent cockroaches from moving in.
Did you know cockroaches release a pheromone in their droppings which signal to others they have found a safe place to live? Removing excess clutter such as stacks of old newspapers and magazines will prevent cockroach droppings by eliminating areas for them to be distributed.
Removing clutter from your home also reduces the amount of areas where cockroaches can hide. This will help make your home or business less appealing for roaches to live in.
On top of the previous cockroach prevention tips mentioned in this blog post, they are a couple more you can utilize to help prevent roaches.
Pipes and Drains
As already stated, cockroaches are quite fond of damp and moist areas. Because of this when it comes to your home or business they can usually be found near pipes and drains. Regularly checking this area for signs of cockroaches and taking the necessary procedures such as repairing damaged pipes and clearing blocked drains is a good cockroach prevention measure.
Wooden shelves provide a great spot for cockroaches to live on. The cracks in the grains of the wood provide a great hiding spot. A good roach prevention tip is to paint or varnish wooden shelves. This seals all these cracks and crevices reducing the places a cockroach can hide. Alternatively, you could replace your wood shelves with ones made from plastic or metal.
There is a handful of cockroach hot spots around a property which provide roaches with an easy way in. These are:
- Skirting boards,
- Electrical sockets,
- Under kitchen sinks and bathroom cabinets
Checking these areas for cracks and crevices and sealing them using products such as expanding foam to help prevent cockroaches.
Professional cockroach treatment
Aside from taking the necessary cockroach prevention methods, the best way to get rid of roaches is to contact a professional pest control company who will be able to offer expert advice, services, and solutions.
Think you might have a cockroach problem? Get in contact with Rentokil today.