Cockroaches are disgusting and stubborn house guests, but there are steps you can take for prevention and control.
Types and Habits of Cockroaches
If you have cockroaches in your home, they are likely to be one of three species: the German cockroach, Australian cockroach, or American cockroach.
One of the things that makes cockroaches such successful pests is that they eat such a wide variety of substances. They eat our food, of course, but they also eat dead animals and animal waste, cardboard and glue, and even each other.
Prevention Tips for Cockroaches
If you want to prevent a cockroach infestation, focus on denying them food, water, and easy entrance.
You should clean up food spills and keep food tightly covered. Either cover your bins or empty them every day. Did you know that cockroaches use smell to find food? They do, so airtight containers are a must. You should also make sure there is no standing water in your home.
Any small openings can be entry points for cockroaches. They also like cracks and crevices inside the house. You can use caulk or spray foam insulation to fill spaces around under-sink plumbing, electrical outlets, doors, and windows.
Cockroaches like unfinished wood surfaces because they can deposit their eggs in the grain. Stain, varnish, or paint wood shelves and cabinets to seal them against roaches.
Control of Cockroaches
Can you attack a roach problem with do-it-yourself methods? Yes, but calling a professional exterminator is the best way to knock out a cockroach infestation quickly. It takes some expertise to know which products to use and where to use them most effectively.
There are a number of options that professionals may use. Baits are often quite effective. They kill the cockroach that eats them, then other roaches feed on its carcass and they die, too. Sprays and powders are other options that may be part of a multi-pronged approach.
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