The Threat of Cockroaches

istock_000004393784xsmallCockroaches are found throughout the world and they rank among the oldest and most resilient insects on the planet. These creatures appeared on the Earth roughly 400 millions years ago and they can survive wherever people live, especially inside manmade structures. The indoor infestation often creates an unsanitary situation which pose various health threats to humans. Risking these pests inside your home is definitely something that should be avoided, so here’s what you need to know about them.

Cockroach basics…

There are a lot of species of cockroaches, they’re usually around 1-5 centimeters long with recognizable reddish-brown or black color. Their bodies are oval and flat what means they can easily find a hiding place. These pests are highly adaptable, they can basically live anywhere there is food and water. In homes, they’re usually hiding in basements, kitchens, and bathrooms. They like moist environments so you can easily find them in your house when they invade your property. Cockroaches will eat virtually anything including fabric, soap, paper, glue, and pantry items. These pests can survive for weeks without food.

Preventing cockroaches…

Once cockroaches make themselves feel welcome in your house, it can be very difficult to get rid of them. Once you have a few cockroaches, you can quickly end up having a few thousand. When these pests find a suitable environment full of food and water, it’s almost impossible to get rid of them without professional help. 

The first step in prevention is keeping your home clean.

  • Empty your garbage and recycling bins regularly because smells really attract cockroaches. Keep outside trash cans moved away from the structure.
  • You don’t want to feed these pests, so it’s important to keep your food properly stored in containers.
  • The first rule of pest control is to keep pests out by sealing all possible entry points. Check your basement thoroughly and if there are any leaks fix them immediately.
  • Vacuum the kitchen floor thoroughly every night because cockroaches come out to feed at night.  Also, wipe down kitchen countertops with a disinfectant spray on a regular basis.

With these prevention methods, you can keep cockroaches out. These insects crawl through garbage and sewers before invading structures. They can easily come into contact with food and food prep areas what can be potentially dangerous for your health. Keep in mind, that you will manage to prevent cockroaches, but in cases of severe infestations you should contact a professional with experience.

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