Cockroaches a Problem? How to Get Rid of the Pests

Is there a more despised insect on the planet than the nasty cockroach? And for good reason - when you consider that cockroaches are known or suspected to spread many diseases, including Salmonella, E. Coli, Hepatitis E, diarrhoea and dysentery - and may even play a role in the transmission of pneumonia. Cockroaches, their shed skins and by-products have even been found to cause increased rates of asthma and allergies. Cockroaches also emit a nauseating odour and contaminate food with their droppings and filth.

Their secretive habits, high reproductive rates and ability to develop resistance to pesticides make cockroaches among the most challenging household pests to control.

Cockroaches have simple metamorphosis: egg, nymph, adult. Nymphs and adults are usually similar in appearance except for size and the typical addition of wings in the adult of most species; all newly-emerged cockroaches are white, but will assume their typical coloration within a few hours as their cuticle hardens. They are gregarious, thus all stages and instars are found together in their preferred harbourages, except that they tend to be size-segregated by crack/crevice thickness. Domestic species are nocturnal or active at night but will be found out during daylight when the infestation is very large and acceptable harbourages are filled to overflowing with cockroaches.

So how do you control this nasty pest?

The first step in addressing any cockroach problem is sanitation. This means doing a thorough clean-up of your home to remove any sources of food, water and excessive clutter that make for ideal cockroach harbourages. Be especially careful about things like paper bags, cardboard boxes and other refuse that can provide cockroaches with a protected place to live.

Cockroach pesticide sprays, gel bait and bait traps may be effective in the control of cockroaches, if used correctly. Baits, however, rely on every cockroach in a population feeding on the bait before the infestation can be eliminated. This may, therefore, need to be combined with other control efforts such as carrying out regular maintenance to your home to seal up cracks and holes in walls and spraying cockroach control pesticide into cracks and crevices. This will help ensure the cockroach infestation is kept under control and eventually eliminated fully.

Finally, there's turning to the professionals for help. A pest control expert has access to all the latest products and most advanced techniques to quickly and effectively treat even the most severe cockroach infestation. They will also know where to look for conditions that might contribute to a cockroach infestation, and make recommendations for correcting such conditions.

For help with finding an expert to diagnose and treat even the most stubborn cockroach problem, try doing an online search or letting your fingers do the walking through the Yellow Pages (look under 'Pest Control'). Alternatively, have a look in your local newspaper to see whether there are any pest control companies advertising their services in your area.