Put simply, they’re pests that can cause a lot of disruption and annoyance. There are certain things you can do or arrange in order to prevent them causing you any trouble. And, if you’ve already spotted an infestation, there are things you can do to put an end to the problem.
Prevention is easier than cure
In order to know whether you’ve got an infestation, you need to know what to look out for. There are three main species of cockroach – Oriental, German, and the Brown Banded Cockroach. Below are images of the three:
The average Oriental cockroach is about 1.25 inches long and are dark brown/black in colour.
The German cockroach has a distinguishable light brown/yellow colouring. It’s smaller at just 10-15mm in length.
As one of the smallest pest cockroaches, the Brown Banded Cockroach is 10mm long and, as you can see from the image, has yellow/brown stripes across the abdomen.
Some like cool, damp conditions – like basements and drains – whereas other need warmth and humidity to survive and can be found in bathrooms and kitchens.
Cockroaches love areas with food, water, and dark spaces. Interestingly, they can survive for months without food but only a matter of days without water.
So how can you avoid them?
It may seem obvious but keep all areas clean and tidy. Make sure all surfaces are cleaned thoroughly – and don’t forget to clean on the top of your refrigerator, as well as underneath. It might be a little tricky but it’s warm and food can gather there – two things cockroaches love. Pay attention to removing food and water sources, as well as any hiding places. By doing this, you’re making it harder and harder for cockroaches to survive.
If you’ve any gaps around your doors, windows, or where utility lines enter your property, try and seal them. And if you’ve got a bit of a leaky sink, either the tap or underneath, make sure you repair this.
Where should you check for an infestation?
There are a few key places you should check for cockroaches, including your;
- Laundry room
What options are there to get rid of cockroaches?
You can purchase amateur use insecticides from a local hardware store however, the most effective option would be to hire an expert. Cockroaches are stubborn pests and the longer you leave them, the harder it is to get rid of them. For free cockroach advice, you can contact Goodwin Pest Management.