Insects of all kinds can be extremely annoying to people and make for the worst house guests that can often be difficult to kick out. One of the worst kinds of insect infestations is the cockroach, which is difficult to treat because of the rate they multiply. Below, you'll find information and tips to get rid of cockroaches as quickly and effectively as possible.
Firstly, if one is spotted, the bad news is that there are usually many more in the home. Having said that, it is also important to note that you may be lucky in that one and only one was brought home from a grocery store, or what have you. The important thing is not to let it go or get out of your sight otherwise an infestation could ensue if this particular one is pregnant.
Knowing as much on the subject as possible will be helpful in exterminating these disgusting pests that not only send chills up and down people's spines, but are also responsible for spreading germs. Quick action is necessary to contain the problem and resolve it fast. One must also understand that roaches are mostly nocturnal, which means that they search for food at night time.
Therefore, you should be prepared to do some investigative work at night with the help of a flashlight. Although you may be tempted to kill any and all spotted, try to observe where they go as this will often lead to a quicker extermination. For instance, they usually enter through cracks in walls or floors that can be sealed, but they also enter through drains and vents, which cannot be sealed for obvious reasons.
In a single family home, one has the opportunity to take matters into their own hands and ensure quick results. Without an exterminator, commercial products will still be necessary and there are many to pick from. One problem people have with these products is their levels of toxicity, especially when there are young children and pets around.
Safer ways to treat this problem is to use roach food, which you can make at home and store in hard to reach areas, as well as roach bait that can be purchased. From there, place all foods in sealed containers, clean crumbs and spills quickly and wash all surfaces so that there is no trace of any grease that attracts them. Mop floors and wipe all surfaces scented bleach, ensuring the home is well ventilated when doing so. For more information read the pest elimination guide.