How to Get Rid of Cockroaches in
Imagine you are in your workplace presenting a tutorial to colleagues, and a cockroach crawls right out of your briefcase and takes a catwalk over the conference table.
Chances are that you’d wish an earthquake appears and consumes you alive.
It can’t get any more embarrassing than this.
If you’ve ever had such an experience, you’re not alone. In fact it can happen to anyone. In this article, I’m going to show you not only how to get rid of them but also how to avoid bringing them in the house right from the start.
While it may not be easy to identify the difference between most of cockroaches we encounter everyday, If you keep a keen eye on their physical features, you can easily see some difference.
There are 3 common types of roaches you can come across:
● German Cockroach
● Oriental Cockroach
● American Cockroach
This are the most popular type of cockroach in the world. They are of medium size: adult measures about 12-15mm and are light brown. What sets them apart is how fast they can multiply. A female lays about 35-40 eggs in a special egg case called ootheca.
This eggs will only take a month to hatch and their nymph takes only about 6 weeks to mature.
German cockroaches prefer staying indoors and you’ll find them mostly in wet or humid conditions like kitchen and bathrooms.
They also like staying in commercial buildings and you’ll not be surprised to find them in offices taking refuge inside files and books.
Oriental cockroaches are also fairly common this days.
They are dark brown to black in color. One sure way to identify them is the fact that females have undeveloped wings. Like they are literally naked, and males have wings that cover only about 3⁄4 of their body.
Oriental roaches are slightly bigger than their German counterpart measuring 20-25mm in length.
Females lay about 16 eggs in the egg cases, hatches within two months and matures between 6 – 18 weeks.
Oriental cockroaches do well in cool and damp places such as basements, drainage and sewage systems.
Now this ones are usually giants, measuring 30-45 mm in length. They are shiny brown in color,lay 16 eggs,hatches in 1.5 months and the nymphs grows into adults in about 8 month.
American cockroaches like secluded, dark and quiet places. You’ll most likely find them deep inside kitchen cabinets, store area, up inside the ceiling and basements.
Unlike Oriental cockroaches, American cockroaches have developed and full wings.
One mistake I see people make a lot is this: You see a cockroach or two walking on your living room floor during the day, you pounce on them and kill them instantly, you even congratulate yourself for moving such fast. And then you sit thinking you are done.
Truth is, you might be in trouble. Why? The reason is unknowingly, you may be dealing with an exploding infestation. In normal circumstances, cockroaches do hide during the day and come out only at night. Seeing them during the day means the infestation is high.
So here are some signs you might want to keep an eye on when doing an inspection:
Unpleasant Musty smell: Cockroaches usually give off a peculiar smell. This smell comes from chemicals called cuticular hydrocarbon which they release to communicate among themselves about food, mates and safe harborage areas.
Cockroach Droppings: An established cockroach infestation will never miss their droppings.
Cockroaches excrete solid waste that are tiny and cylindrical in shape. The typical color is either black or brown depending on the species of cockroach.
Exoskeleton/ Shade skin: Like any other insect, cockroaches also shade off their skin when going through different development stages called nymphs. The shade skin also give off theunique smell common to roaches.
Smear sticky marks: Any time you open your kitchen cabinet and find some sticky substance especially on the surfaces, then it’s likely you’ve got roaches.
Cockroaches are one of the hardest pests to eliminate. It’s almost impossible to guarantee a complete eradication much less when done by untrained person.
The secret to doing your best is being thorough. Leaving even one of them sneak inside those boxes in the kitchen will render your efforts almost useless.
If you elect doing it yourself, we recommend two types of solutions:
1. Goliath Gel – Apply it on the surfaces in the kitchen cabinet hinges and corners, in the
corners of the house from inside, skirting the of the house, and any other place you suspect
2. Boric Acid – This substance is effective and has a residual effect. It’s not very poisonous to humans but deadly to cockroaches. You, however, want to be careful if you’ve got cats or dogs.
As said before, cockroaches are one of the most tricky insects to control. An ideal step is to
engage professional if things get thick.
You know the cliche “prevention is better than cure”. This too is important in pest control.
Cockroaches are dangerous pests. They spread nasty microorganisms like E-coli and Salmonella that cause sickness.
Practising proper hygiene and housekeeping is great. Two major factors that bring cockroaches are availability of food and water.
Specifically, here are some measures you should take to stay safe:
Cut any food source: Food should stay in airtight containers, plastic bags and properly sealed.
Clean food debris from preparation area, table, microwave and any other food appliance in your house.
Keep dustbin closed: Put any left over foods in the dustbin and remember to keep in closed whether it’s day or night.
Keep everything organised: Remove old newspapers, magazine, kids toys, clothes and anything else from floor. Declutter your house like a boss.
Block all entry points: This strategy mostly applies to the giant species like American orOriental. They love getting in through drainage systems like along the pipe and electric lines.
You can also use insects screen on windows.
As promised and if you’ve read to this end then congratulations for soaking up some helpful info regarding cockroaches. Now you know types of cockroaches, what signs to look for, how to deal with an infestation and even how to keep them from getting in.
Again I can’t stress enough the difficulty associated with fighting cockroaches. If you have an active infestation and struggling with it now, the most Ideal step is always to contact a certified pest control company. At Intex Pest, we’ve got the experience and expertise to handle even the most complicated scenarios.