Welcome back to Forensic Pest Control blog – *Cockroaches part 2*. Today our pest control in Sydney team; look at how to deal with – a cockroach infestation.
The first thing you need to know is what to look out for –
- DROPPINGS – while you certainly don’t want to find any droppings sitting in your cupboard, cockroach droppings look a lot like mouse droppings and are almost the same size.
- SIGHTINGS – in general just seeing cockroach’s scurrying across the floor, over furniture or food or you spot them just lurking in a dark corner. You may find dead cockroaches in the kitchen area – under the sink, around appliances like the microwave, dish washer, stove or fridge, or in wet areas such as the bathroom and laundry – often found in drawers and cabinets
- EGG CASES – if you find any of these quite distinctive egg cases it’s a definite sign that cockroaches are very active somewhere nearby
- VOMIT MARKS – not nice you’ll see these as little brown smears – often near cracks and crevices and mostly around your kitchen area
- REMOVE FOOD – you need to remove the food source for cockroaches, if you don’t have food, they won’t be as interested in your home. You can do this by removing stray food particles – wash crumbs off plates, vacuum regularly. Don’t leave food scraps exposed. Keep all your food in sealed containers, seal up any rubbish bins or make sure they are well covered. Pay attention to cleaning bench tops and appliances.
- REMOVE WATER – cockroaches need water to survive and they love warm damp places. Look out for leaking taps or places in the house where water seems to collect and ensure there is no leaking plumbing in the kitchen, bathroom or laundry.
- REMOVE SHELTER – Cockroaches love small confined places, so taking away their favourite spots and breeding ground is important. Seal all cracks and crevices in the bathroom, kitchen and panty and try and avoid storing unnecessary items like old toys and clothes, plastic bags and cardboard boxes.