The fear of many is a cockroach plague in your home or business premises and that fear is not for nothing. The cockroach is known worldwide as an unhygienic and disease spreading and nothing could be further from the truth. They can be found all over the world and they are tough rascals. A cockroach is an omnivore and, for lack of food, simply goes over to eating paper, shoes and other unpredictable sources of food. Cockroach control is not a choice but a must. Elderly people and children are particularly vulnerable to the diseases that cockroaches can spread. Examples include dysentery, salmonella, but the faeces of these pests can also cause eczema or asthma. When you observe cockroaches in your home or business premises, it is therefore important to control them immediately.
Cockroaches nuisance? These are the most important symptoms:
Cockroaches are not always easy to track down. In some cases they are hidden for years. If you suspect that you are suffering from cockroaches then the following symptoms are good to keep an eye on.
Surveillance of the pest
Fighting cockroaches is one thing, but discovering them first is something else. Often a cockroach infestation is discovered by seeing the animals somewhere. Crawling, but sometimes also dead. Often this is in the kitchen or in other places where food, but also, for example, rubbish can easily be found. Cockroaches know how to hide themselves during the day and only become really active at dusk and darkness.
Much easier than finding the animal itself is finding faeces. These are very similar to the grains of ground coffee and are often 1 millimetre large or smaller. The faeces are often found at the places where the cockroaches gather.
Besides the many faeces, there is another reason why cockroaches leave a scent. They secrete a lot of pheromones. They communicate with them and they lure their mating partners. The smell is very strong and increases as the size of the colony of cockroaches increases.
Finding egg parcels is also a sign of cockroaches being present. The female carries these egg parcels with her until the young hatch. The empty egg parcels are elongated, reddish brown in colour and are about the size of a grain of rice. Also the shedding skin is often found. The eggs, egg packets and shedding skins usually indicate that the nest is close by.
Cockroaches are found all over the world. In one country they are monstrously large in others like ours they are generally less huge. If you suffer from cockroaches, it does not necessarily mean that the environment is not clean enough. Cockroaches only look for sources of food and they do not care whether it is in a clean and fresh house or in a dirty house. Cockroaches are often found in places that rarely see daylight, such as under cookers and microwaves, behind refrigerators and freezers, but also in basements and kitchen cupboards. Cockroaches can easily pass through the smallest cracks, cracks and openings. In apartment buildings they can also move from one flat to another via air ducts. Cockroach control is therefore sometimes an individual matter, but sometimes consultation with neighbours and a joint plan are necessary.
Cockroach control: What you especially don’t do.
Cockroaches are strong insects that can take a beating. Cockroaches cannot be controlled with just any insecticide. There is no point in trying to control them yourself with sprays and insecticides that are not specifically produced against cockroaches. Cockroaches are enormously strong insects that have already become immune to many poisons. These pests cannot be combated with a fly swatter either. Don’t forget that for every visible cockroach a multitude of them are still hiding somewhere. Never underestimate the presence of cockroaches in living rooms or business premises. If you don’t take action then you can be sure that the problem will be an even bigger one within a considerable amount of time. Seek timely help from a professional exterminator.
What can you do?
Make sure that food is kept properly sealed. Regularly clean areas where easily spilt food and fats remain. Under cookers and microwaves, for example, there is always something edible for the cockroach. Leave no food residue open and exposed. Cover food. A decoy box on cockroach sensitive places can be a good help to detect the possible presence of cockroaches in time. Remember that decoy boxes do not have a perpetual effect and replace them regularly. Make sure there are no unnecessary cracks, openings or tears in places where you cannot clean easily and regularly.
How can you prevent cockroaches?
Despite the fact that cockroaches make no distinction between clean and less clean rooms, it is important that rooms are kept clean. A clean room also automatically means fewer sources of food for the cockroach. Food packaging that has already been opened is best stored in pots or sturdy closable containers. This way you can at least make your home or office as unattractive as possible to cockroaches and other vermin. Regularly check your kitchen and larder cabinets for the presence of cockroaches or their droppings and egg parcels.
Cockroaches control? Follow these 5 tips:
- Enjoy easy access to food sources
- Use lure boxes to limit the numbers
- Search for the source/nest
- If you suspect that your neighbours’ cockroaches are coming, inform them!
- Contact a professional pest controller
Let cockroaches always be controlled by a pest controller!
Various types of poison are available in DIY shops and other shops. Unfortunately, the cockroach has already evolved to such an extent that the pests are often already resistant to the poisons that can be sold over the counter. The poison used by a professional fighter is of a completely different calibre and will be many times more effective. Fighting cockroaches is therefore not an easy job. It is a stubborn kind of vermin that you can’t get rid of just like that.
In the Netherlands the German cockroach is most common. This cockroach is reddish brown in colour and adult about 2,5 cm long. A young cockroach is as big as a pinhead. Watch the video below for more information.