Cockroaches are despised and it can be an unpleasant surprise to find them in your home. Not only is it distressing, but cockroaches can even carry diseases that can affect humans.
If you’ve just found cockroaches in your home or business, there are a couple of options you have to get rid of them. Some people choose the DIY option, while others choose a professional pest management company.
What is a Cockroach?
Cockroaches, also commonly known as roaches, are insects. You’ll be happy to know there are about 4600 different species of these bugs found all around the world. Of these, about 5 species tend to be found near where humans live and work. These are the ones that are considered pests.
The most common cockroaches in the UK are the Oriental cockroach (Blatta orientalis) and the German cockroach (Blattela germanica). If you don’t have the creepy crawlies now, you may as you read through this article. Just a warning for those who are a bit squeamish when it comes to bugs!
There are also a couple more cockroaches that aren’t quite as common. One is the American cockroach, which is bigger, and they usually live on trees. Another one is the Brown-banded cockroach, which is smaller. These cockroaches like to live inside where it’s warm and humid, such as in ceilings, attics, and around appliance motors.
Cockroaches are Pests
The reason these cockroaches are considered pests is because they can pose a health risk to humans and even our pets. The reason is they carry diseases that can be harmful including salmonella, streptococcus, and staphylococcus.
Cockroaches pick up these nasties and others by walking through sewers, drains, and then into our homes and businesses. They come into our places of residence and business in order to find food, water, and even shelter. So, when they walk across the floor, on utensils, and more, roaches contaminate these and other surfaces. If you handle a utensil the roach has contaminated, then you may become sick.
In addition, after they eat, cockroaches drop faeces wherever they travel. Now do you have the creepy crawlies?
Many a business reputation has been lost when news of a cockroach infestation gets around. This is especially true for food businesses.
When customers find a roach at a restaurant or other food-based business, they will complain. They may even decide to take to social media and post negative reviews of your business. Social media has become an extremely popular place to share negative experiences. With the prevalence of social media use, the news will go far and wide. This is how many businesses have been shut down for good.
Loss of reputation causes serious damage to businesses. Plus, a business could even lose its license if health officers come to see how bad the roach infestation is. If they find the situation is not within their regulations, the business will be shut down automatically. It’s possible to get a reprieve once the place has been cleaned up and the cockroaches removed. Even so, it’s difficult to gain a reputation back again.
Where Do Cockroaches Prefer to Live?
Oriental cockroaches are hardier than German roaches. In fact, sometimes you may notice them outside around garbage bins. That’s because they can find food there. However, most roaches tend to live where temperatures are warmer and there’s plenty of humidity.
For this reason, in your home you may find cockroaches near appliance motors such as your oven or even the fridge. Cockroaches may also in areas such as basements and drains, where things damp. Other areas favoured by roaches include heating ducts, boiler rooms, and more. You may even find them in stoves, sinks, bathrooms and laundry rooms.
How to Tell if Your Home Has Cockroaches
There are several signs that indicate your home has a cockroach infestation. These include seeing a live cockroach. This usually happens at night, because cockroaches are nocturnal. If you see one, chances are there are many, many more inhabiting your home, too. You may also notice these signs:
- Droppings (faeces)
- Shed skins
- Bad odours (usually with large infestations)
- Egg cases
- Damage to food and/or packaging
If you notice these signs, then it’s time to call a professional pest control company to rid your home or business of the cockroach infestation. This is the point where DIYs will not get rid of these bugs. It takes a professional, who has access to professional methods, as well as experience to tackle a cockroach infestation.
How to Keep Cockroaches Out
There are some things you can do to keep cockroaches out of your home or business. These methods include:
Keep your home/business clean and net. All surfaces should be cleaned, all food and food residue removed each day.
- Clean all dirty dishes immediately after eating. Don’t let them sit, as this will attract the insects.
- Keeps bins covered, clean, and emptied on a regular basis.
- Clean areas where cockroaches like to gather: the fridge, the oven, and more.
- Proofing & repair can be used to seal gaps around windows, where utilities enter to keep roaches out.
- Repair all leaks near sinks, pipes, and other places to control humidity and dampness.
- When buying appliances secondhand, be sure to check them and clean them to make sure you’ve not carried these bugs into the house.
How to Get Rid of Roaches
Roaches are a very difficult pest to control. By the time you find just one bug, you can count on there being many more. Cockroaches are also built to survive. This is what makes them so adaptable to living all around the world. They’re also very mobile and can sometimes be little hitchhikers you unknowingly bring into your home or business.
For these reasons, it’s always recommended to call a professional pest management company to tackle the problem.
DIY cockroach control is not recommended. This because roaches have become immune to OTC insecticides. Plus, these insecticides, if not used correctly, can endanger the health of anyone living in your home or employees working in your business.
Professional pest control companies are trained and have the experience and knowledge to deal with cockroach infestations. What’s more, they also use professional-strength insecticides that can get rid of roaches for good. They know how to get rid of the cockroaches and keep you, your family, pets and employees safe in the process.