It is true that roaches can be tough to get rid of. If an infestation is bad enough, some may say that living roach free is a hopeless prospect. That doesn't have to be the case. Roaches carry more than 50 disease spreading pathogens including the salmonella bacteria, typhoid and E. coli. No one should have to live with roaches.
When treating a roach infestation, a good result depends on a good partnership between the pest control provider and the resident who lives with the roach infestation. There is much that can be done to insure a complete and lasting resolution to roach extermination. It is important to Keep in mind that roaches like any animal have predictable habits and tendencies. Knowing what these tendencies are and acting accordingly can go a long way toward getting the most out of your roach control treatment.
Roaches thrive in environments where conditions are just right. They love warmth,nooks and crannies to hide in, darkness, moisture and plenty of tasty morsels to feed on.If conditions where roaches thrive are made less than ideal you can increase the odds of success for the pest control provider and reduce the chances of a future infestation.
Here are ten important steps to take to live roach free.
1) Eliminate the roach's food source. Roaches will eat any type of food that they can find but they are particularly fond of grease.Check around for any pools or drips of grease that may have accumulated around your stove. If you find any, scrape the excess and use a heavy duty degreaser to eliminate all traces of grease.
2) Check behind and under all appliances, including the refrigerator and trash containers. Look for crumbs, spills or any other food residue and clean it thoroughly.
3) Store all food products in airtight plastic or glass containers or in the refrigerator.
4) When spills occur, clean them up immediately and never leave out glasses, cans or bottles that contain soda, juice or beer.
5) Take away the roach's water source, eliminate moisture in the home.
6) Check for leaks under the sink, or in water lines that lead to the refrigerator and repair any that are found.
Now that you've taken away their food and drink it's time to tackle the housing issue. Roaches are nocturnal creatures. They come out at night to mate and to search for food and water. During the day they hide in dark cracks and crevices. The more cracks and crevices there are, the more housing you are providing for the roaches.
An important step toward roach eviction is to declutter.
7) Eliminate piles, clear surfaces and keep everything up off of the floor.
8) Go through all of your belongings. If it is not currently useful, get rid of it. Get rid of clutter and you'll get rid of the roaches that hide in it.
9) Inspect the premises for cracks in and around base boards, lighting fixtures and where the walls meet the floors. Neatly caulk all obvious cracks and crevices.Especially those that may lead to the outside.
10) Consider a maintenance contract with a reputable pest control company. Once you have adopted these ten habits, and your home has been treated for a roach infestation, you may want a knowledgeable pest control provider to treat regularly to be sure the infestation does not occur again.