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Eliminating Cockroaches

August 4, 2020
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Positive Pest Control services homes and businesses on a daily basis for the removal and prevention of cockroach infestations.

No matter how beautiful and pest safe you think your city or home is, proper pest control when it comes to cockroaches, must be utilized and maintained to prevent an infestation.

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Cockroaches are one of the most common household pests in the world. On average, roaches range anywhere from one-half to 3 inches long. The three most common cockroaches in the United States are the German, Oriental and the American roach.

Roaches enter homes in search of food, water and shelter. After these pests make themselves at home, they can multiply quickly, posing a threat to your comfort and health.

It is important to get rid of cockroaches before an infestation occurs. These pests are known to carry bacteria that can result in food poisoning, diarrhea, allergies and skin rashes. In large numbers they can also produce a foul odor.

When considering what cockroach control method to use, it is best to first examine your home for possible roach infestation sites.

You can do this with the help of a flashlight to look behind the refrigerator, under the sink, crevices in cabinets and shelves, closet door corners, bathroom cabinets and closets.

Glue strips can be used to locate large infestations. Based on your flashlight inspection, decide on the most strategic areas to place strips. Monitor those areas for a few days to a week.

Strips in high-traffic areas will catch the most roaches, and these areas will need the most treatment. Further, use caulk to fill possible entry points, including gaps between walls or tile, small crevices and entry holes. It will also help to use weather stripping on doors and window seals to prevent a roach infestation from expanding.

Also, gel bait can be an effective roach killer. You can apply gel bait under baseboards, in cracks and crevices, and near areas that are most likely to attract roaches. With gel bait you may see a number of dead roaches lying around your home.

Another way to eliminate cockroaches from your home is to distribute bait stations throughout your home. Bait stations work by attracting roaches into stations to feed on poison. The poisoned roach then travels back to its home location, dies and is eaten by the other roaches, further passing on the poison.

Bait stations work partially to get rid of roaches, but do not target all roaches in a home. However, many find them unappealing when scattered around your home.

Boric acid on the other hand is a substance found in products like clothing detergent and toothpaste, can be one of the best roach killers. However, boric acid can easily be misapplied and subject to displacement by air currents, sending the material into areas where children and pets can come into contact with it. It is made by combining boron and water; boric acid is low in toxicity to people and pets but deadly to cockroaches. Unfortunately when applied incorrectly, you may find this treatment ineffective.

Here at Positive Pest Control we provide a quick and safe removal of cockroaches.  We eliminate the need to scatter traps and chemicals throughout your home. Keeping cockroaches out of your home is Positive Pest’s objective.

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