Cockroach Control and Cockroach Extermination

Pest Control
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Cockroaches are easily one of the most hated common household pests. Unfortunately, you have probably experienced these nasty insects at least once in your life, or at least know someone who has. Cockroaches are extremely difficult to get rid of, as they can fit into tiny cracks and are able to run away quickly. When cockroaches shed their skins, it has been known to bother people with allergies. The main reason cockroaches are so difficult to get rid of is because they can rarely be starved/dried out. They can actually last a month without food and survive exclusively on a limited supply of water. So when you are dealing with cockroaches, you want to make sure that you do not have any leaky faucets or broken pipes that could be providing a water source.

A cluttered house is cockroach heaven, the more places they have to hide and lay their eggs the better. Cockroaches find their way into your home most often by hiding in boxes or other things that you bring into your home. Once they are safe inside, they can find a good hiding spot and begin to repopulate. They will often hide in dark places where they are not likely to be disturbed, such as cabinets or behind baseboards. They can fit into the tiniest of crevices, so make extra sure to seal all possible cracks in your home. This can be extremely difficult if you live in a shared space, such as an apartment, because of the shared wall space if one person has cockroaches, you all do.

You can find cockroach repellent in almost any store you go into, however it is just that, a repellent. Meaning that rather than getting rid of your problem, they will simply migrate to a new area. Your best option for cockroaches is to cut off all available food and water sources, eliminate hiding spots, and use a low-grade insecticide to get rid of them.