Small household pests have a few things in common. Most household pests thrive in unsanitary areas or areas of the home where food is around and may not be consistently cleaned up. Moist areas are also attractive. They typically find areas of your home where there may be leaky pipes or an accumulation of water.
Cockroaches are no different than any other pest. They love moist, dark areas. So, they typically frequent crevices, corners, and the underneath of cabinets in bathrooms or kitchens. They can find secret, secluded areas in closets, pantries, or under other pieces of furniture.
Because cockroaches can accumulate in large groups, locating the bulk of the infestation is vital for removal and elimination. Cockroaches develop in three different stages. There are the eggs, nymphs, and adult cockroaches. The nymphs look similar to adult cockroaches and add to the mobile number of roaches in your home. Cockroaches breed consistently throughout the year and some types of cockroaches can have thousands of offspring each year. This means that an efficient process of cockroach control and removal is essential to keep recurring infestations from happening.
Removing the Problem
Removing an infestation begins by locating the infestation. You may see single cockroaches in a certain area of your home, but this may not necessarily be where the group congregates. For an efficient removal, the area where the majority of the cockroaches congregate and lay eggs needs to be where the removal methods are placed or implemented. If you are unsure where the infestation is, professional help can assist you in locating the cockroaches. They are able to work and locate infestations in hard-to-see or reach areas that you may be unaware of. Homeowners can begin the search by looking in common areas:
-Kitchens- underneath or inside cabinets. Behind countertops and appliances.
-Bathrooms- underneath or inside cabinets. Behind the toilet or crevices near showers and tubs.
-Closets- any consistently dark place in your home can be attractive. They prefer areas that are not commonly frequented by humans. Pantries are an easy food source, so dark corners or spaces in these storage areas with cracks or holes can be common areas to find them.
When it comes to the actual removal and elimination, cockroaches are similar to other household pests. Bait and traps are a simple method that homeowners can safely attempt. Gel bait can be placed on suspected areas. This type of bait can be beneficial because cockroaches will consume it and not die straight away. They can go back to the common area and pass on the bait to other cockroaches as well. Boric Acid is another type of elimination method, but it is used in powder form. The frequented areas are sprinkled with the chemical and passing cockroaches will be eliminated. Sticky traps are another form of simple traps homeowners can implement easily themselves. There are many options for homeowners to choose from, but if you have tried several methods and they are not working, calling a professional can help you finally remove the infestation. Mighty Men Pest Control can help you discover what type of cockroaches you have, the location, and the best method of removal for your situation. We know the latest, most effective methods and which ones would be most beneficial for your infestation.
Sanitation & Prevention
After elimination of the infestation, sanitation and prevention methods should be put in place. The area that was infested needs to be cleaned as cockroaches, feces, and their skin can spread bacteria and allergens.
When trying to prevent and control further infestations, removing the attractive features of your home is usually necessary. Food is an attractive feature, so making sure all items in your pantry and kitchen are properly stored can prevent further congregations of cockroaches. Cleaning and sanitizing areas in your home where food is eaten or cooked can help make the kitchen a less attractive area to frequent. Cockroaches also appreciate moist areas, so making sure that your pipes and plumbing are not leaking can take away the moisture and source of water that attracts them to those spaces.
If you have discovered cockroaches in or around your home, taking care of this issue can be overwhelming. There are usually large numbers of small pests like these, so the problem can appear to be a large task to overcome. Cockroach control does take time and effort, but it is not impossible for homeowners to complete the elimination of smaller infestations on their own. If you have attempted a cockroach control or removal method and you have not found one that has worked for you, professional service can be a worthwhile investment. We at Mighty Men Pest Control are aware of areas that cockroaches typically frequent and we use the latest, safest, and most efficient removal methods that are available. We would love to inspect your home and offer advice or guidance on how to tackle this seemingly overwhelming problem.