Cockroaches are one of the most vexatious pests homeowners can encounter. Unfortunately, cockroach problems affect many dwellings on a regular basis. These pests are known to carry various diseases and contaminate food products. Cockroaches are considered harmful to humans and are the leading cause of asthma and respiratory diseases. In addition, cockroaches also cause damage to household items, including books, clothing, cosmetics and more.
Once cockroaches infest your home or business, they multiply quickly. Becoming difficult to control and eliminate. Here are some useful information and practical tips to help you control a cockroach infestation form Omega, your local South Jersey exterminator.
Signs of a Cockroach Infestation
First, you should know what to look for when suspect you may have a cockroach infestation.
Are You Seeing Cockroaches?
The clearest sign that you have an infestation is that you have physically seen cockroaches. Because cockroaches are nocturnal, meaning that they are more active at night rather than during the day, you can more easily spot them during the night time hours. If you happen to see a cockroach during the day it could mean that the cockroaches have been around for some time, and perhaps you shouldn't delay calling Omega, your local South Jersey exterminator.
What are ootheca? An ootheca is the egg sac that extends out of the back of a female roach and holds numerous roach eggs. When the eggs are close to hatching the female will deposit the ootheca. Cockroaches are active breeders so therefore if you spot an ootheca in your home or business, you can be sure that you have an active cockroach infestation.
Cockroaches produce a pungent musty odor that becomes stronger as the infestation grows. This pungent odor could even impact the taste of your food.
While these are not the only signs of a cockroach infestation, these three are the most common and are easily recognizable.
Once you believe that cockroaches have infested your home or business, Omega, your local South Jersey exterminator suggest following these steps to help eliminate the cockroach infestation.
Seal All Entry Points
Cockroaches are capable of crawling through even the narrowest of cracks; therefore, it is important that you seal up all possible entry points into your home. Some of the common entry points you should seal include cracks in the wall, gaps inside your pantry, gaps between countertops, and holes or cracks in baseboards. It is true that securing or sealing every single point of entry will consume time, but it can be done. And if it keeps the cockroaches out of your living space, the time and effort you put in will be completely worth it. Sealing entry points is especially important if you happen to live in an apartment. Best of all most sealing can be done with standard caulk available at any hardware or home improvement store.
A clean house is one of the most efficient ways to keep cockroaches away, and when it comes to cleaning, your kitchen should be your starting point. Do not leave dirty dishes in the sink, clean your kitchen counters after cooking every meal, sweep the floors and get rid of all food crumbs, and clean the stove top every night. While this may sound like a lot of work, practicing this on a daily basis will become routine over time, and most importantly, will help you keep the roaches at bay.
Fix All Water Leaks
Some roaches, based on their size, can live for several days without food, but no roach of any species can live long without water. Indeed, roaches need a steady water source to survive, which is exactly why you will often spot many of them under your kitchen or bathroom sink. Eliminate all possible water sources by identifying leaks and fixing them immediately. Also, if you have plants indoors, avoid watering them excessively, and never leave stagnant water in your sink.
The next step suggested to eliminate roaches by Omega, your local South Jersey exterminator is to use bait. You can buy cockroach baits at almost any general merchant, including supermarkets. Although you should read the directions that come with the baits, in general you’ll want to place them in areas where you most frequently find the roaches. That’s because you want as many of them to eat the bait and take it back to their nest, where it will eventually build up and kill them. Keep in mind that eliminating roaches using this method can take some time, so hard as it may be, you’ll have to be patient.
Call in the Experts
If none of your baiting techniques work and you think the infestation has gone beyond your control, it is time to call in the experts. If you prefer doing it the natural way, you will be able to find a lot of natural pest control exterminators in your neighborhood. Make sure that the exterminator you choose uses products that are not harmful for your family and home, but is also effective in getting rid of the roaches permanently.