Cockroaches are one of the most common and horrifying things for a homeowner to find. They are considered among some of the most disgusting and disease-ridden creatures one can find in the home.
They breed quickly, spread disease with every step, have the ability to fly, and are notoriously hard to kill, besides being pretty ugly. So, if you have a cockroach infestation in your home, what can be done about it? Is it something you should handle yourself, or should you seek professional help?
Why Cockroach Control is Important
If you suspect that you have a cockroach problem, the first thing you should do is verify the infestation. Cockroaches like places that are dark, wet, and secluded. This means areas like the bathroom or under the sink in the kitchen, or inside the walls.
They love laundry areas, and can also be found breeding in sub floors in your home. They only need a few weeks to turn into a swarm, and they will consume anything organic they can get their feelers on.
Once they start, cockroaches don’t stop until they’ve devoured everything organic they can. Adding to the fun, their eggs can easily stick to shoes of visitors, which means they can spread very quickly.
Sign of Infestation
Of course, a sighting is a strong indication of an infestation, but just because you see one, it does not automatically mean that there are millions in the walls. Sometimes they can sneak in from outdoors, or maybe in packaging from a recent purchase. They can even crawl up through the drain in your tub or sink.
A cockroach might visit on a home tour, so this should be cause enough to check out other areas in your home that a cockroach might frequent. If you see adult and young cockroaches alike in your home, then chances are that you’ve got yourself an infestation.
Now that you know they are there, what can you do about it?
If you insist on trying to handle the problem yourself, there are a few steps you can take to try to limit the cockroach population.
Your first steps should be to take up their welcome mat. If there is a dark area of your home, fill it with light. If you have a damp area of your home, make it dry. Water is more essential to most bugs than even food.
Of course, your most important step should be to remove their food source. Any organic material they can get, they will devour. If you remove their food, this should greatly reduce their population. Some may leave for greener pastures, and some may die out, but to get rid of them completely, you will need to call a professional.
Why Call a Professional?
A professional exterminator will know exactly where to look and what to do. They will not only help to completely eliminate the cockroaches’ homes, but they will have the proper pesticides needed to cleanse your home of the threat. They will know what to use so as not to harm your family and your pets, and they can make recommendations about what can be done to keep cockroaches from visiting you in the future.
No one wants to have an infestation in their home. Cockroaches can carry everything from salmonella to dysentery under their feet, and if you have children with allergies, their presence can make things even worse.
You want and deserve a clean home, and that can’t happen until you get rid of your cockroach problem. If you’ve done all that you can and you still are having trouble, call the professionals at Fischer and let them put their knowledge and expertise to work for you.
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