(Steps addressing cockroach problem. Preventive measures and finding expert diagnosis to treat stubborn cockroach problem.)
Cockroaches have been roaming the surface of the earth since the time of the dinosaurs and after surviving multiple ice ages, they are still thriving. There are about 4600 different kinds of roaches out of which about 30 species live near human habitat. These offensive pests feed on human and pet food and often cause allergies and diseases. Our houses are ideal environment for them to breed and the cast off cockroach skin, the droppings and even their dried up dead bodies can aggravate allergies and other diseases. These six legged pests may or may not be winged and their infestation is not only difficult to control but also an expensive affair. But by using the following means and methods we can try to protect our homes from them.
If you happen to see a single cockroach roaming around in your house there is a possibility that there are a thousand more hiding in the nooks and corners of your clean looking home. An effective and easy measure to keep them at bay is to place bay leaves in the different corners of your home and underneath cabinets and other places in and around the kitchen. Sprinkling of Boric powder, which is easily available at your local chemist, is another good cockroach control measure. But care should be taken that children and pets should stay away.
Roaches can live for months altogether without food but cannot survive more than a month without water or perhaps moisture. Therefore fixing all water leaks in and around the house can help and after that gel based baits can be used because then it is likely that they will end up eating them.
Thorough cleaning of the house especially the greasy areas is also important and care must be taken that there is no left over food in the dishes etc. In order to keep these pests at bay it is necessary to seal all food containers and there should be no crumbs on the floor and no sticky spots in the house.
Regular garbage disposal along with clean trash bins is also helpful. To kill cockroach eggs spray soapy water, which forms a thin film over the breathing pores, causing them to suffocate. Care must be taken to throw away dead roaches and eggs as soon as possible because they often tend to recover if and when they come in contact with water or moisture.
There are certain preventive measures too which can help us to keep the cockroach menace away:
1. Firstly maintain clean surrounding.
2. Removing piles of straw, leaves etc from the house yard.
3. Sealing all the cracks inside cabinets ,floors, doors, windows etc
4. Regular spraying of insecticides, gels or liquids for cockroach control.
5. Using bath plugs so that roaches do not come up from the drains.
6. And most important cleaning of the area where the cockroaches are squashed, so that eggs do not get scattered and then get hatched.
It should be understood that treating a small population of roaches right away is easier than to allow them to become abundant and then try to treat them.
Insecticides, cockroach baits for cockroach control can be poisonous especially to children and pets and therefore should be handled with caution.