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Preventing A Cockroach Infestation

Cockroach infestation in the kitchen behind the fridge.

Cockroaches as household pests are very annoying little creatures to deal with. They invade most parts of homes such as the kitchen and bathrooms and can prove stubborn to get rid of once they infest a house. They are nocturnal creatures and as such move around the most at night when the rooms are dark, carrying germs that are dangerous to human health. As a result of this, measures have to be employed to ensure that they are properly handled. There are a few things you can do before you contact a cockroach extermination specialist. 

Cockroaches are attracted by dirt and trash. Hence the most effective way of keeping them out of a house is to carry out proper sanitation. Cockroaches normally reside in areas that are dark and moist such as beneath kitchen sinks, cracks and crevices within walls, behind drawers and cabinets that are located in kitchen. These areas should therefore be kept clean, tidy and dry at all times. Ensure that trash cans located inside the house are emptied regularly. It is also advisable to make use of cans that have tight covers.

Tightly covered waste bins prevent the odour from the waste materials contained in them from escaping into the kitchen space and attracting cockroaches nearby. Keep sinks clean. Left-over foods should be disposed of immediately after meals. Plates and cutleries used during meals should be washed, dried and properly put
away.

If cracks and crevices are present in the walls of your homes, they should be repaired as soon as possible. The more you wait before they are repaired, the more you are inviting roaches to reside and infest your home. Make use of naphthalene balls. They come in different colours and produce an odour that is repulsive to insects, including cockroaches. Placing a couple of these balls in the areas in which cockroaches are known to reside will help keep cockroaches away.

The most effective ways of keeping cockroaches out of your homes have been discussed. Following these methods judiciously will go a long way to preventing a cockroach infestation in your home. For a complete list of our pest control services click here.