Cockroaches are, perhaps, the penultimate in despised pests across the country–if not the world. To most people, they define filth and disease. At the same time, their seemingly ubiquitous nature and tenacity makes them a seemingly unstoppable foe in the war against pests. Our united distaste toward cockroaches is well-founded, as they are known for spreading a wide variety of diseases while contaminating home and office environments.
During winter, German cockroaches in particular are driven into residential and commercial properties, becoming far more of a threat as they breed indoors. German cockroaches are the most common species of this pest, sneaking into buildings via bags, boxes, and structural flaws. They then have the opportunity to spread bacteria, parasites pathogens, and even trigger allergies in younger children. Discover what you can do to defend against this winter pest threat.
How to Prevent Cockroach Infestations
1. Eliminate Food Sources
Cockroaches primarily seek out food (and liquids) within any building. So if you keep your living areas clean of crumbs, standing water, and trash, you remove potential lures that could draw them in–particularly the kitchen and bathroom.
2. Seal Gaps
Cockroaches will often gain entry to a home or office building via cracks in the walls that aren’t properly sealed, poorly insulated areas, and gaps in cabinetry. By repairing damaged walls and filling in other cracks and gaps to deny them ingress.
3. Trap Them
There are numerous cockroach traps available on the market and sold in most major hardware and grocery stores. Set these under sinks and within cabinets, which tend to be major cockroach traffic areas. Poison bait is another option, but must be used with care, especially if children or pets are present.
4. Professional Care
If you’re dealing with a truly serious and persistent cockroach infestation, the final solution may be to bring in a professional pest technician to deal with the issue. Treatments may require several visits to eradicate the cockroach present, with a few follow-up visits to ensure they remain removed.
While they’re a common pest, the threat German cockroaches present should not be underestimated. And if you see one, you can be sure their are many more in the vicinity.
Contact EcoShield today if you’re having even the smallest cockroach problem in your home or office.