CockroacheNothing in this world is more frustrating than those disease spreading critters who never tends to leave the place once they infest.
CFrom your kitchen to the bathroom, cockroaches can start infesting any corner of your house without your knowledge. The worst thing about cockroaches is their population can proliferate, which in turn makes the situation worse.
If you are suffering from a cockroach infestation problem, then keep on reading. Down below, we have listed everything you need to know about those infectious critters.
Why should you get rid of cockroach infestation?
They can induce asthma symptoms, trigger allergies, and cause food poisoning as well.
Some of the commonest pathogens that they carry are Salmonella typhi that causes typhoid, Shigella dysenteriae that causes dysentery, poliomyelitis virus that causes polio, and Entamoeba histolytica that causes amoebiasis.
Signs of infestation
Cockroaches have a flat body which helps them to hide in crevices. Being a nocturnal species, they spend hiding during the day.
But no matter how good they are at hiding, there are a few unmistakable signs that suggest you have a roach infestation.
Faces: They can hide, but they can’t hide their faeces that look just like grounded coffee or black pepper, while the larger ones drop cylindrical-shaped faeces. Gross, I know. The quantity of the faeces can be helpful to determine the duration and level of infestation.
Odour: Cockroaches emit an unpleasant odour which gets severe with the level of infestation.
Eggs: The critters lay their eggs in flat surfaces, often between books and other hidden corners. Look out for the eggs or eggshells. You may also end up finding a few dried dead bodies of the critters.
What can trigger infestation?
The ultimate purpose of any infestation is food. Every living creature on this world needs food to survive, and so does the critters. Cockroaches get attracted to easy source of food and water. Some of their favourite places to lounge around are:
Food crumbs on the counters and floor
Uncovered trash cans
Excessive moisture in the room
Uncovered pet food
Common entry points: Roaches can slide through the narrowest gaps of your house. After they find a good place for a constant food source, they will need an entry point. So, they can hitch a ride into your house, enter through the cracks and crevices, or through the vents and sewer pipes.
How to keep cockroaches at bay?
With a little wit and attention to your surroundings, you can prevent a cockroach infestation. Some of the easiest ways are to:
Maintain a clean house
Seal off crevices attaches traps to the vent pipe openings
Get rid of old cardboard boxes and newspapers
Install door sweeps around doors and windows
Cover food and trash bins
Use liquid concentrates available in stores. Spray them in crevices and mop floor and counters by diluting solution in water
Regular plumbing maintenance for leaks or excessive moisture production
Throw away leftovers, be it human or dog food, in a covered trash bin
You can get rid of cockroaches with little maintenance and DIY. But when the infestation is severe, opting for the professionals is a wise choice.