Anyone who has ever tried to get rid of a cockroach infestation certainly understands why these pests are said to be some of the only living things that will survive a nuclear holocaust. Fortunately, if you have a cockroach problem, it is in fact possible to get rid of it. This post deals with not only the common causes of cockroach problems but also answers the question of how to get rid of cockroaches in your home.
How Do Cockroaches Get in a House?
Cockroaches are clever, which is what allows them to get in your house in the first place (and to survive nuclear winter). Oftentimes, this pest will hitch a ride on the bottom of your grocery bags, in between the folds of a corrugated box, via your kids’ lunchboxes or backpacks, and maybe even through the open door, window jambs, or other small openings around your home.
They have also been known to use your pipes as a way to access your home. Drains and sewers also offer an entrance point for these pests, so make sure that your home is sealed tight so that the next rain doesn’t bring in an infestation with your drain water.
What Attracts Cockroaches in Your Home?
Despite their heartiness, cockroaches are not invincible. Like most living things, they require moisture, shelter, and food to survive and thrive. Remove their food sources by keeping food off the counter and by keeping water spills cleaned up. They especially like the warmth, so you may find that you have a worse problem with them in the warmer months, when things are both hot and humid and food is plentiful.
Where Do Cockroaches Nest in Your Home?
Cockroaches build nests wherever they have the best chance of survival. That means you may find them by looking:
- Behind your fridge
- In your kitchen or bathroom cupboards
- In the crawl spaces above or below your home
- In hidden corners and other warm and moist compact places
In other words, they like to hide. You’ll know if you have an infestation, barring seeing a live cockroach, because they will leave behind their shed skins, egg casings, or dead bodies.
How Do You Get Rid of Cockroaches?
Getting rid of your cockroach nest requires you to find the nest and get rid of it at the source. That means that all the cockroach eggs, larva, debris, etc. must be thoroughly removed and any openings into your house should be sealed up. Placing bait around the house will also help prevent new nests from forming.
It is extremely difficult to eradicate a cockroach infestation without professional help. It is recommended to contact professional pest control technicians like the team at ASAP Pest Control, who will in turn, locate and eradicate current infestations, and will also apply preventative measures to ensure that opportunities for returning cockroach infestations are mitigated.
Professional Cockroach Control in London, ON
Cockroach nests can form even in the cleanest of homes if the right circumstances are present. Like all living things, they need a source of food and water and a bit of warmth to keep them happy. If you find a nest and are having trouble getting rid of it, contact ASAP Pest Control to learn more about our cockroach extermination services. We help homeowners and apartment dwellers in the London Ontario area get rid of their cockroach problems.