Cockroach removal can be challenging, especially if the infestation has been ongoing, or if you live in communal living, such as apartments where the roach infestation is in another unit and affecting your home. The first thing to know about cockroach removal is understanding the behaviors of the insect.
Cockroaches are hardy and resilient pests that have some pretty weird behaviors and survival tactics. Cockroaches can go 30 days without food, spend 75% of their time resting, live without their head for a while (gross) and can withstand temperatures as cold as 32 degrees. They can travel far, and travel fast.
These ancient insects survived over millennia because of their ability to adapt. And while they do host a long list of fascinating facts, the truth is, no one wants to live with a roach infestation! The good news is, we have the tools to get rid of them, it just requires know-how and diligence.
How to Get Rid of Cockroaches
If you live in a humid climate where water sources are plentiful, you’ll find it more difficult to get rid of cockroaches. Eliminating food sources is the best way to keep cockroaches away, however, they can go a month without eating, but only a week without water. Good luck keeping cockroaches at bay in a humid climate! Eliminating any food, trash or water sources in your home (i.e. a leaky faucet, leaving dishes in the sink with water, etc.) is a good way to prevent an infestation.
Rethink your current food storage and make sure all bags and containers are closed tightly or stored in airtight containers. Not only with this deter roaches (and mice) but it will also keep your food fresh longer.
If you’re dealing with these pests in your home or apartment, you may not be aware of the health and safety risks associated with cockroach infestations. If you have tried everything to keep these bugs away but they keep coming back, you have no choice but to call in the professionals.
Many professional cockroach exterminators will offer several solutions based on the problem. For example, they can identify where the cockroaches are coming in and seal areas using glue strips and caulking to close any gaps to prevent further infestation. Gel bait stations are often used and reduce the roach population quickly and effectively.
Cockroach Pest Control
Many remedies have been tried in the search for control of the major pest species of cockroaches. Household chemicals like sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) have been suggested, without much evidence for its effectiveness.
The most effective and immediate results are generally performed by licensed and trained pest removal specialists. Their methods are tailored to fit your problem and usually remedied in one visit. If you live in an area with multiple dwellings, it may be best for everyone to work together to get rid of the roach problem. Speak to your apartment management for pest control service requests.
Poisoned bait containing hydramethylnon or fipronil, and boric acid powder are often used and effective on adult roaches, whereas baits that kill roach eggs are also very effective at reducing the cockroach population. Again, due to the nature of many pesticides, its always best to call a professional for help.
Cockroach Pest Control
Although many insects play an important role in our ecosystem, they can be dangerous. When these insects congregate near houses or infest homes and commercial buildings, they create a risk to human health and safety.
Xceptional Wildlife Pros offers effective treatment methods and fast removal of roaches, ants, bed bugs, flying insects such as yellow jackets, wasps, hornets, and honey bees.
Our Wildlife Biologists have all the protective equipment and proper treatment devices to remove your home or business from these dangerous pests.
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