Care and planning must be used by the home owner to control cockroaches. We have listed several non-chemical means of control for you to practice in limiting these pests in your home….
Practice good sanitation inside and outside your home. Keeping areas clean , especially the kitchen. The goal is to make a less favorable living environment for cockroaches. They especially love trash and wood piles.
Keep windows and doors tight to inhibit entry. Caulk cracks in outside walls, sills and foundations.
Seal openings where cables or water pipes pass through walls and floors. This also slows movement.
Always inspect grocery bags , cardboard boxes , dried pet foods, vegetables and firewood carried into the home. This will help stop cockroaches from “hitching a ride” into your home.
Repair plumbing leaks and seal moisture sources as cockroaches need water.
Keep good fitting lids on garbage cans and clean up pet food crumbs.
Store your food in sealable containers.
You can use glue boards or sticky traps (available at most hardware stores) in cupboards , under sinks, in closets and pantry areas to trap cockroaches.
Cockroaches carry bacteria , fungi and filth on their legs and bodies and like to move about under the cover of darkness. They can pollute food, cooking utensils, and eating surfaces and are considered a health menace.
Follow these measures to help control cockroaches. If there is a severe infestation, it is recommended that you contact a licensed pest control professional. A word of note, “bug bombs” are not very effective in controlling cockroaches.
Cockroaches can be a serious carrier for diseases and can effect your health. Sanitation is the key to effective control.