Cockroaches are possibly the most reviled of insect pests, and with good reason. Knowing how to get rid of cockroaches is very important to deal with an infestation quick and effectively.
Cockroaches discovered in your business can destroy your reputation as their presence is associated with poor hygiene standards.
Coupled with this, the cockroach really is a very resilient pest, to the extent that if the infestation has got a foothold, professional help should be sought. The health risks are too great.
The reason for this is that cockroaches need very little to survive, but will eat literally anything. Also, they reproduce in great numbers, meaning you can be facing a very large infestation very quickly.
However, if the infestation is not too large, it is possible to treat on a DIY basis.
Signs of a cockroach infestation
Identifying the signs of a cockroach infestation early is important as it prevents a bigger problem from developing. Look out for these common signs…
If you notice an unpleasant, lingering odour under sinks, behind appliances or in store cupboards, it’s time to check for cockroaches. The smell can be described as musty, sweet and sometimes like almond and this can taint food and surfaces they come in contact with.
Cockroach droppings will be visible. For small roaches, this will be evident like black pepper. Larger roaches produce more cylindrical droppings. If you clean up the droppings, take caution as they can leave behind nasty pathogens.
Cockroaches are able to flatten their bodies, so can just as easily be found beneath mats, behind wallpaper and in wall cracks. Oval-shaped egg cases, known as oothecae, may be found hanging off furniture.
As mentioned earlier, cockroaches will eat pretty much anything and this can cause significant visible damage to properties. In doing so they often leave behind chew marks and other visible damage to a range of surfaces and packaging.
How to prevent cockroaches
Prevention is always better than cure and can save you a lot of time and money so make sure to check our top tips for preventing a cockroach infestation below.
Remove food sources
Cockroaches rely heavily on the food we leave behind and will go to great lengths to reach a food source. They enjoy to feed on high sugar, high protein and high carbohydrates food sources so the best way to prevent an infestation is to not leave any food sources lying around.
Keep surfaces clean
Cockroaches are known to be unhygienic and carry a lot of diseases so one way to prevent them is to keep surfaces in your home or business as clean as possible. Make sure to pay particular attention to areas where food is prepared or stored such as kitchens and pantries.
Cockroach Proof Your Home
Cockroaches are sneaky pests and can flatten their bodies putting any home or business with easy access points at greater risk. Check around your home and seal up any cracks or crevices, gaps around pipes, skirting boards, kitchen sinks and cupboards.
How to get rid of cockroaches
When you have identified you have a cockroach infestation, you need to take appropriate action to get rid of them. Whichever species of cockroach you are dealing with the treatment is similar.
- Apply an insecticide like Rentokil Insectrol, Dethlac or Protector C to the backs of work surfaces all of these products have residual properties and will remain active for several weeks.
- Apply Insecticidal dust into electrical appliance and any cracks or voids that may harbour cockroaches, paying attention to gaps in skirting boards or round pipe inlets. Insecticidal dust like Ficam D or Residex P is best applied with a Pest Pistol duster.
- SX Cockroach Glue Pad Traps can be placed at floor level, on work surfaces, inside and on top of cupboards. These are handy to monitor the success or otherwise of any treatment applied.
- Imidasect Cockroach Gel Bait is a ready to use insecticidal bait for the control of cockroaches. The active ingredient works by binding to the insects’ neurons and creating a deadly interruption to the insect nerve impulses.
- Cockroach smoke bombs can be used to fumigate an entire room or area. A smoke bomb will be highly effective at reaching all cracks and crevices where cockroaches may be hiding.