WHAT ARE ROACHES?
Cockroaches belong to the same family as termites. The average size can vary from ½ to 2 inches long. Even though some cockroaches have wings, they are very limited in their flying ability. Cockroaches multiply quickly, making infestations very likely. Infestations are hard to get rid of because the insects hide in varies areas, breed quickly, and may develop resistance to pesticides. They are known for carrying dangerous bacteria that cause sickness, food poisoning, and allergic reactions, especially in children.
Cockroaches prefer a warm, moist and dark climate. The usually enter the home via the sewer system or they are brought in. There are steps you can take to reduce the problem yourself. If the roaches keep coming after trying the methods below, then it is time to call a professional exterminator like Summit Environmental Solutions (SES).
HOW DO YOU GET RID OF ROACHES?
Use roach glue strips to locate large infestations. Place the strips throughout your home, in places where bugs may leave and enter. Watch those areas for a few days. Strips in high-traffic areas will catch the most roaches, and these areas will need the most treatment.
Seal Gaps and Hole with Caulk
Traps can be effective in reducing existing roach populations, but they won’t prevent roaches outside getting in. To prevent future roach problems, use caulk to fill possible entry points such as gaps between walls, small crevices, and entry holes. It will also help to use weather stripping on doors and window seals.
This trap usually comes in a tube and is applied in areas that are most likely to attract roaches. While gel bait can be effective, it can leave many dead roaches lying around your home. It can also dry out and some roach species aren’t attracted to gel bait.
Being similar to gel baits, these stations work by attracting roaches to feed on poison. The poisoned roach then travels back to its hiding spot, dies and is eaten by other roaches, further spreading poison. Bait stations work to an extent, but do not often reach all roaches in a home. They also pose a health issue since they contain poison harmful to humans. Some roach hotels only contain glue to trap the roaches instead.
Boric Acid Powder
Boric acid, commonly found in clothing detergent and toothpaste, is one of the best roach killers. Unfortunately, it is often misused, resulting in residents, children, and pets becoming exposed to it. When used incorrectly, boric acid will lose effectiveness as the cockroaches will be build a resistance to it. Due to this issue, boric acid is not recommended as the sole method for controlling roach infestations.
WHAT ARE THE MOST COMMON DISEASES SPREAD BY ROACHES?
The most common diseases transmitted by ticks are Lyme, Ehrlichiosis, and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever. Scorpion and Spider bites can cause flu-like symptoms.
WHAT ARE SOME ROACH PREVENTATIVE MEASURES I CAN TAKE?
- Get your home inspected by a licensed pest control specialist
- Seal entry points
- Get professional-grade repairs done
- Install screens
WHAT ARE THE FEES ASSOCIATED WITH ROACHES?
Variable. Call us for a free, no-obligation quote.
WHY SHOULD I ADDRESS THE PROBLEM?
Roaches transmit disease and cause skin irritations.
Hiring an SES specialist to treat a roach infestation can increase safety, offer a more effective approach to getting rid of cockroaches and provide an ongoing solution to cockroach control. It also eliminates the need to have traps scattered around your home.
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