Cockroaches are perhaps one of the most unpleasant and unsightly pests you can find in your home which is why it is understandable that you want any cockroach infestation dealt with swiftly and effectively. We hope the advice in this article and the tips help you get rid of cockroaches in your property.
Cockroaches can gain entry to your home in many ways for example:
It is a myth that cockroaches only infest dirty homes. They will enter the cleanest homes and are usually found (In the initial stages of an infestation) in the spaces where they are provided with moisture which they need to survive. So don’t be surprised to see them in your utility room, bathroom, and cloakroom.
The answer to this is yes, for the following reasons.
Cockroaches contaminate foodstuffs and spread diseases including salmonella, E. Coli, typhoid, gastroenteritis, and dysentery. If the air in your home is contaminated with proteins from cockroach faeces, vomit, or shed skin and this is inhaled by a person with asthma it can trigger an attack. Cockroach faeces have an aggregate pheromone which attracts other cockroaches so one becomes many. Because cockroaches defecate anywhere, food sources rapidly become contaminated. So, the plate of food you leave on the table will attract cockroaches. They can crawl under cloths and plates and contaminate leftovers, fresh and frozen food with you being none the wiser.
Before attempting any DIY treatment, you must gain an idea of the extent of the infestation including the length of time cockroaches have been infesting your home, the type of cockroach, and if neighbours are experiencing similar problems. It may be that you are not the only person with a cockroach infestation and despite your best efforts to get rid of them, they will continue to enter your home through sources you have no control of.
If you subsequently decide to try and get rid of cockroaches using DIY treatments, this advice will help you.
Firstly, look around your home at all the sources that could be providing food and water for cockroaches. This includes pet bowls, dirty dishes on the kitchen worktop, crumbs on surfaces, opened cans of food, mugs on the bedside table, rubbish in the bins, and recycling containers – for starters. Start by removing these obvious food sources, repeating the process as needed.
The answer to this is usually no, but it does depend on the extent of the infestation in your home. If you have a small infestation in just one area of your home, that is in the early stages, an over-the-counter treatment may work.
You can buy cockroach riddance treatments over the counter and on the internet including insecticides, powder, traps, and gels. If you are considering these poisons, you must ensure you’re not endangering the occupants of your home including children, the elderly, and pets. Pest controllers use tamper-proof bait boxes that are only available to professionals. Be aware too that the biggest sites of infestation in your home are likely to be out of sight – behind skirting boards, etc.
After completing your investigations, undertaking a thorough deep clean of all areas, sealing all cracks, and then safely using DIY treatments you may, at first sight, have eradicated the infestation. However, if a female has laid eggs in out of sight areas that are out of your reach it could be several weeks before the whole infestation cycle starts again. So, it might be a little time before your mind is fully at rest. You will need to remain vigilant and even then, there is no guarantee that your DIY treatments will work simply because you cannot find all the breeding areas and successfully treat them. Please be aware too that you may worsen the problem.
DIY pest control using over-the-counter solutions will not work if you have a serious infestation of cockroaches in your home. There are several types of cockroaches considered as pests including American, German, Oriental, and Brown Banded. Diagnosis of the type of cockroach in your home by our trained technicians is important to determine the subsequent treatment. The German cockroach for example is the most prolific breeder among all cockroaches. The female German cockroach lives for up to 6 months. She carries an egg capsule containing 30 to 40 eggs, laying an average of 200 eggs in her lifetime. With this cycle being repeated the infestation grows exponentially and rapidly. Development from egg to adult can occur in 45 days, during which time they moult 6 times.
Once the species of cockroach has been identified in your home, they can be eradicated with a combination of effective proofing combined with special insecticide treatments. This includes specialist bait stations that are positioned within the walls of your home and in the other out of sight ‘dark areas’ which attract cockroaches. We usually advise three treatments are required to eradicate the infestation. Our technicians can also undertake any proofing that is required which typically includes sealing cracks or gaps in and around your home to reduce the number of entry points for cockroaches. This includes pipes, walls, air vents, and weak joints. Or they can advise you so that you can proof to the standards required. We can also undertake chemical-free intensive steam cleaning to sanitise the infested areas in your home.
It is not as expensive as you may think. However, we can’t give an estimate because the cost of removing a cockroach infestation will vary based on several factors that we will discuss with you before agreeing on any work. We always provide a fixed price quotation and will happily talk you through it.