Cockroaches are nasty, no doubt about it. We hate them. Most of all, we hate them when we see them in our living quarters. By the time we see them, however, there is usually a colony living “somewhere” in our environment, and it’s time to take action – quick action.
What do cockroaches like? They love living in dark damp places near food. Contrary to popular belief, they don’t hide behind baseboards. Kitchens are a favorite place, and bathrooms come close behind. They even hide underneath canned food labels and eat the glue off the label. They hang out in garbage cans and near sewers which makes them an especially filthy insect. Bacteria attaches to their bodies and they can transfer the bacteria to your silverware and dishes as they travel through your home. They carry E. Coli, Streptococcus, Salmonella, Shigella, hookworms, pinworms, tapeworms and some viruses. They can also cause asthma and allergies.
The German cockroach, also known as Blattella germanica, is especially nasty because they reproduce faster than most other cockroaches, and they can hide in tiny cracks and crevices. They thrive in clutter, but having a nice, neat, clean kitchen doesn’t guarantee you’ll be cockroach free. Anybody can have them. It’s getting rid of them quickly that is important. Once you see one, you can bet there is likely a colony somewhere nearby and you have to act fast. German cockroaches multiply quickly and populations can rebound if not killed off immediately.
Insecticides are not a guarantee that they these nasty creatures are gone. Efforts must be made to reduce the supply of water and hiding places. The German cockroach has developed resistance to many bug sprays including the popular bug “bombs” used by many homeowners. But you can get ahead of their population expansion with diligent treatment and care around your home. Here’s how:
Get rid of clutter inside and outside.
Rake leaves away from your house.
Caulk windows and doorways securely.
Spray pesticides along door sills and windowsills.
Remove dirty dishes, leftover food, and garbage from all areas of your home.
Keep trash cans away from your home and keep bait traps near them.
Sprinkling boric acid and/or use boric acid pills in cupboards, closets, carports and under stoves and refrigerators helps.
Keep countertops, floors, and other surfaces clean.
Frequent vacuuming also helps, but always empty the bags outside.
Remove standing water from near your home. Remember, they thrive on moisture.
A big improvement in controlling cockroaches in the last few years is the use of more effective “bait” products. You can find these at most home improvement outlets that sell pest control products. They come in small plastic containers or as a gel. These products contain boric acid, hydamethylnon, abamectin and fipronil. Use the containers where you have seen signs of roaches. Remember, roaches don’t travel far from where they breed and spend most of their time, so treat areas where you see signs of their presence.
If you live in a warm climate, it’s important to stay ahead of infestations. Cockroaches are everywhere in our environment. Prevention is key. A good pest control company can help you with an infestation, but you can prevent one from starting in the first place by following the above advice.