Everyone gets the odd cockroach or two in their home, so you might think “should I really bother with cockroach control?”. We say yes because in summer these creepy crawly housemates can multiply rapidly.
They are also bad news for your health, especially young children and older people, as they carry a raft of diseases and can set off asthmatic reactions. But don’t worry you might be able to control cockroaches before they get out of hand. Here are our tips.
Cockroach Control Tips
First look for signs of cockroaches around the home. These could be live or dead cockroaches, their droppings or egg cases. Some typical places cockroaches like to hang out are:
In the kitchen – so check the cupboards, under the sink and around the fridge, dishwasher, stove and microwave. In the bathroom – so check in cabinets and drawers. Sub-floor areas – so check wall and floor joints.
If you find evidence of cockroaches, don’t panic, try these four control methods before calling the Cure All professionals:
1. Remove the food source
Cockroaches may be coming into your home and staying because you’re providing a ready food source. Be vigilant about cleaning up food scraps on bench tops, around appliances and paying attention to crumbs in any cracks. Keep any leftovers in sealed containers in the fridge.
2. Remove water
Make sure your home is moisture free. Cockroaches love hanging out in warm, damp places. Check for leaking taps or plumbing in the kitchen, bathrooms and laundry areas.
3. Remove hidey holes
Small confined spaces make ideal hideouts for cockroaches. Check for cracks and crevices in the bathroom, pantry and kitchen cupboards and seal them. Clutter such as cardboard boxes and plastic bags and storing old toys or clothes can set up a cosy home for cockroaches. Have regular clear outs of any old junk.
4. DIY solutions
There are any number of cockroach gels, baits, sprays and traps you can purchase at hardware stores such as Bunnings. Gels and baits are designed to work for up to three months, while sprays provide a barrier protection for your home and garden.
Professional Cockroach Control Assistance
DIY products can only do so much to get rid of cockroaches from your home, and if they don’t work you can end up spending a lot more than you’d pay a professional pest controller such as Cure All. We control cockroaches by a range of methods including application of liquid residual sprays and dusts and gels. We guarantee you’ll be cockroach free for at least 12 months. Contact us today for a quote.