Eastern Australia is home to a variety of roaches that cause homeowners and businesses all kinds of trouble. Roaches live in and eat garbage, sewage, crumbs, and much more. When they enter your home, they can spread bacteria and germs to you and your family. Getting rid of a roach infestation can be tricky, but using these 5 strategies will help you eliminate them for good.
1. Implement Cockroach Prevention Strategies
If you think you may have a roach infestation, you should immediately start implementing prevention strategies to keep more roaches from entering, and then keep using them even after the problem is gone. These include:
- Keeping your home clean of crumbs, debris, and clutter
- Storing food in sealed containers
- Taking out the trash regularly
- Washing dishes as soon as possible
- Fixing leaky pipes and faucets to get rid of excess moisture
- Sealing exterior cracks and holes to prevent entry
2. Locate the Roaches
Since roaches are nocturnal creatures that do not often venture out during the daytime, you may not even know that you have a roach problem. If you find a dead roach or see them scatter when you turn on a light, chances are good that you already have an infestation. Locate them by looking in common roach hiding spots. Use a flashlight to check under appliances, inside cupboards, under sinks, in pantries, in bathrooms, in attics, and in garages. If you see signs of cockroaches in these areas, you will know where to focus your efforts.
3. Use Cockroach Bait
Baits are a great way to start getting rid of roaches. They can be applied by homeowners or by a pest control technician. Baits are placed near areas where roaches have been located or are most likely to hide. The roaches will eat the bait and return to the nest to die. Other roaches will then feast on the dead ones, and the poison will spread throughout the population.
4. Apply an Insecticide
Some insecticides will kill roaches on contact, and others have residual effects that will continue to kill cockroaches for weeks as they walk through it. Find an insecticide that is labeled for use with cockroaches and make sure to follow all label directions. Insecticides can come in many forms including: liquids, aerosols, dusts, and more. Insect growth regulators (IGR’s) can also be used to prevent roaches from reproducing and help break their life cycle. A multi-faceted approach using more than one type of roach control is likely to produce the best results.
5. Hire a Pest Professional
Roaches are sneaky and can multiply quickly without you knowing. If you find yourself with a large roach infestation, hiring a pest control specialist may be the best thing you can do. Technicians are trained to identify the specific type of roach, possible points of entry, and strategies that will be most effective. They also have access to professional grade pesticides that will get the job done better and faster. If you are looking for pest control along the Sunshine Coast, Radar Pest Control is your best bet. We serve the great people of Bli Bli, Buderim, Nambour, and surrounding areas. Contact us today for all of your pest control needs.