When you turn on the kitchen light in the middle of the night, you notice a tiny thing on the floor scurry and run away at full speed. What kind of creature was this? A mouse, a rat? You get a little closer to the area in question and you finally see the intruder more clearly. Its flat body and small antennas reveal its true nature: it is a cockroach. Yikes! Your house is in the throes of a cockroach infestation… Disoriented, you scratch your head for a while to find out how to get rid of them.
A bit of info before finding out how to get rid of cockroaches in your home
In Quebec, there are two main species of cockroaches: German cockroaches and American cockroaches. German cockroaches are less than an inch long and live mainly outdoors, in places like mulch and other debris. American cockroaches, which are slightly larger, prefer dark, warm and humid places such as bathrooms and basements. Regardless of the species, cockroaches can contaminate your food and counters with E. coli and salmonella, causing illness and health problems for many. Although some extermination measures can be implemented by yourself, the use of a pest control specialist is often necessary.
Exterminate cockroaches by eliminating their food source
To eliminate cockroaches from your home, you can first cut off any food sources. Start by cleaning up spilled food and leftover food. An open bag of chips lying under the sofa or behind the fridge is a real goldmine for them. Also, don’t leave your garbage bags on the balcony. Instead, store them in a garbage can with a tight-fitting lid and take them out of the house.
When a thorough cleaning is required
In addition to eliminating their food source, consider cleaning your home from top to bottom. Since cockroaches love to hide in cardboard and paper, recycle as much as you can. Cleaning up clutter will prevent these insects from settling in the area.
Next, get some cockroach bait and strategically place it around the house. Then inspect each room for holes and cracks that may allow cockroaches in before sealing and caulking these areas.
Permanently get rid of cockroaches in your home
Cockroaches are subtle and never come alone. If you see one, you can assume that many others are hiding. When it comes time to exterminate them, applying these few tips will help you regain peace of mind. On the other hand, if you need reliable assistance to end the spread of this insect in your home, contact Elite Pest Control. Our team of specialists will be able to solve your problem.