Cockroaches are despised primarily for their creepy appearance, but controlling and managing a cockroach infestation is critical for health and safety reasons. Cockroaches are known to cause allergic reactions and trigger asthma attacks, especially in children. They can also spread more than 30 kinds of bacteria including E. coli and Salmonella. Professional pest control in NYC is the best option for getting rid of these bothersome bugs, but there are some steps you can take yourself.
Know Your Enemy
Pest control experts have identified more than 3,000 species of cockroaches worldwide, 55 of which are found in the United States. Cockroaches love warm, damp conditions and inhabit any area where food, water, and shelter are available. They find their way into your home on a variety of objects including furniture, food items, empty drink bottles, and shipping cartons. Cockroaches live in groups and are most active at night. During the day, they can be found in cracks and crevices that are dark and moist. They are attracted to porous surfaces, such as wood, cardboard, and paper, because they can saturate these surfaces with their odor, which attracts other roaches to the area.
Remove Feeding Sources
The key to good pest management is to keep your kitchen clean. Cockroaches will eat anything that is organic including grease, garbage, cotton and wool fabrics, cardboard, and even wallpaper glue. Do not allow grease, crumbs, or clutter to accumulate. Don’t allow dirty dishes to remain on countertops or in the dishwasher overnight. Store all food in tightly sealed containers and do not leave bowls of pet food on the floor overnight. Be sure to keep garbage, compost, and recyclables in tightly sealed containers.
Eliminate Eggs and Hiding Places
Vacuum regularly to help remove food particles and insect eggs. Wrap or insulate pipes that have excess condensation, repair leaky faucets and pipes, ventilate bathrooms, and dehumidify moist areas to reduce sources of water. Eliminate any clutter to reduce the number of areas where cockroaches might live or lay eggs. Even after taking these preventive measures, it may be necessary to hire a professional roach exterminator to de-bug your home.