Cockroaches are a common problem, especially for those living in urban areas, though they can exist just about anywhere. To help you prevent a cockroach infestation in your home, we’ve compiled some basic facts to identify them, as well as tips to get rid of cockroaches and prevent an infestation entirely.
What Do Cockroaches Look Like?
Cockroaches are generally around 5 cm in length and can range from light brown to dark brown. They are usually oblong in shape, with two antennae and six legs. Some cockroaches have wings, while others do not, however, even if they have wings, they do not fly.
Here is an image of a german cockroach, the most common cockroach found in Ontario:
Where Do Cockroaches Come From and are They Dangerous?
Cockroaches commonly enter homes through vents, drains, sewer, cracks and crevices. It’s also possible to bring cockroaches home with grocery boxes or furniture items, though this is less common. With their extremely fast rate of reproduction, cockroaches can multiply to a great number in a very short span of time, so it’s important to identify cockroach infestations quickly to keep them at bay.
It’s possible for cockroaches to carry various infections and diseases. Their waste repositories are breeding spots for harmful bacteria. Dead cockroaches and their waste may cause allergies and other health problems in humans. Cockroaches are also known for their unpleasant odour the annoying noises they make. However, these signs may go unnoticed, as they are nocturnal.
Getting Rid of Cockroaches and Preventing Cockroach Infestations
Though there is no foolproof method of keeping cockroaches out of your home, here are some precautions you can take to reduce the risk of a cockroach infestation in your home:
- Regularly clean garbage cans and recycle bins
- Store all food in air-tight containers
- Dispose of trash as soon as possible
- Clean spills immediately from carpets and floors
- Avoid piling up dirty dishes
- Vacuum often to remove crumbs and food debris
These are a few simple measures that can be used to prevent cockroach infestations from developing in your home. However, they may not be effective if an infestation has already been discovered.
The best way to prevent an infestation is to take action to get rid of cockroaches as soon as you spot the first one. It’s always a good idea to consult professionals. An experienced pest control company will identify the source of the problem and kill cockroaches with commercial-grade treatments not available directly to homeowners. Contact us today for a free phone consultation or give us a call at (905) 738-6676 for assistance killing cockroaches in your home.