Only Seeing Dead Cockroaches?
So, you are seeing lots of dead cockroaches around your home. It would be a lot worse if they were alive, though, so you are not all that worried. Here’s the thing, you could have a serious problem on your hands, especially if it’s more than a few over the course of a few days.
While you are only seeing the one dead roach, you don’t know how many of his friends are mourning him in secret. For every roach you see, there could be hundreds more you don’t see. But do you have a roach problem if you are only seeing dead cockroaches?
Unfortunately, that does indicate that you have your own little colony of creepy crawlies. They wouldn’t be crawling too far from their general stomping grounds to die, and cockroaches are sociable insects. To determine the full extent of the problem, call us in to have a look.
Finding Dead Roaches After Spraying
Obviously, this is a good thing. You want the floor to be littered with cockroach corpses after you have spayed. Spraying is a good solution if you get to the root of the problem. But it can be difficult to kill off an entire colony of cockroaches with the sprays that you can get for home use.
The problem with home sprays is that it kills the insects where they stand. Which is great except that it does nothing to eliminate the nests. The nests are usually well-hidden so using a home spray might not be as effective as you like unless you are willing to become the next great roach hunter.
They have to be eradicated in their nests, and you need to use something that will kill the eggs off as well. Otherwise, it won’t be long before the colony starts growing again.
It is more effective to use a form of slow-acting bait. This is taken by the foragers back to the nest and so has a far more devastating effect. It might take a few tries to kill off the colony, but if you are persistent, you should manage.
From then on it will be important to manage the environmental factor to reduce food and water sources for them.
What Causes Roaches In A Clean House
Here’s a newsflash – contrary to popular belief, cockroaches are not attracted by filth. So, you can have a spotless home and still have a problem. If you live in an apartment building, they might even be coming in from a neighbor’s or one of the other apartments.
They have been known to roam through water pipes, which is why it is recommended that you keep the plugs in the tub at night.
They are opportunistic and not too fussy about where they live. What they are looking for is a source of food and moisture. Food can be a variety of things – they are omnivores, and they are not too fussed about how many calories their food contains, or even how it tastes.
They like sugary, starchy foods, just like the rest of us, but they are not fussy eaters. They would snack on Fido’s leftover food, or even on your hair if there is nothing else. They are believers in the waste not want not principle – dead cockroaches attract more because they too provide a food source.
But your real problem in a spotless home could be water. The water source is probably more of a deciding factor anyway. So, if you have any leaky taps or moist patches in the home, that could also be part of what has attracted them.
Aside from that, their needs are simple. They like to live away from the light in that they like to be undisturbed and to be able to hide if they need to.
Now, if you manage to limit all potential sources of food, make sure that they have no access to water, and are able to ensure they have no place to hide, they are bound to head out and look for a more favorable environment.
Preventative Measures For Pest Control
Now that you know what attracts cockroaches, you can start to take preventative measures for pest control. The first step would be to do a house check and ensure that there are no easy points of entry. So, patch up any holes in the woodwork, make sure there is no space between the siding and wall, etc.
It is not going to be possible to close up every possible entrance, but making sure that there are fewer to contend with makes good sense.
Next up, check for moisture sources. Are there any damp areas in the home? Check for moisture in the walls and also leaking pipes and faucets. Make sure that these are fixed as soon as possible.
Now make sure that their access to potential food sources is as limited as possible. Store your food in airtight containers and do be sure to clean up food spills as quickly as possible. While the insects will eat a range of different substances, leaving food out in the open is just asking for trouble.
Make sure that your garbage bin seals tightly enough that they cannot squeeze through the little cracks.
Now you want to take away their hiding places. So, air out those linen cupboards on a regular basis and make sure that there are as few undisturbed places in your home as possible.
By doing all these things, you are making your home more of a hostile environment. They’ll be more inclined to look for somewhere where the living is easier.
Termite Pest Control
What do termites have to do with cockroaches? Aside from their being insects, they are not all that similar. Except that they are looking for the same kind of things in a home – food, water and a place to hide.
It does not automatically follow that having a cockroach problem means that you have a termite problem, but it is something to think about. If one species is thriving, that means that conditions could be ideal for the other as well.
Your best protection against both problems is to have a regular pest inspection conducted. We recommend an annual inspection at the very least. Consider it an investment in your home. We combine expertise and specialized tools to thoroughly inspect your home.
We will make sure that you don’t have any unwanted tenants living in the floors or walls of your home. It is a small investment that can save you thousands in damage down the line and eradicate pests for once and for all.