How to Get Rid of Cockroaches

Finding a cockroach is never a pleasant experience, especially when it catches you by surprise in your home. Unluckily when you see one cockroach it usually signals that there is more, that you cannot see taking shelter in the safety of your home. 

Cockroaches are drawn to enter your home as it ticks all their boxes for a perfect habitat being warm, moist and sheltered. They also are drawn to food and water sources that are commonly available in your home. 

In New Zealand, we have four main types of cockroaches, German, American, Black and our native cockroach. In New Zealand our changeable weather, and rainfall causes cockroaches to seek shelter in our homes throughout the year. 

There is so much information out there about how to get rid of cockroaches that it is hard to know what to believe. As cockroaches like many pests are often hard to get rid of from your home, so you want a solution that works well fast.


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Why Cockroaches Are So Hard to Kill?

Unfortunately, cockroaches are notoriously hard to get rid of as they are able to lay their eggs in even the smallest cracks and crevices. To have more chance to get rid of cockroaches from you home it is first important to understand a bit more about cockroaches and what makes them one of nature’s best survivors. 

They can survive even the most extreme temperatures, they have been known to take up residence in baker’s oven and coffee machine, due to the moist and warm environment. They can even survive in a freezer, this starts to give you an idea why these pesky creatures are so hard to kill! Cockroaches are cold blooded and can last up to a month without food, and a week without water. 

These pests can withstand the unthinkable, they can live for a week without their head, as they can breathe through little holes in their body segments, only dying from dehydration eventually. They can even hold their breath for up to 40 minutes, so they are not easy to drown. Cockroaches are one of the most adaptable creatures in the world which explain ns why they are so hard to get rid of from our homes.

What’s Attracting Them

As cockroaches are so hard to deal with, it is better to prevent the problem before it even happens. To prevent cockroaches, it is important to consider what brings them into your home in the first place. Firstly, be sure to minimise or remove any potential food sources, this could be anything from crumbs on your kitchen bench, pet food left in a bowl or an open rubbish bin. 

Cockroaches are not very picky when it comes to food, they are omnivores and will eat anything with nutritional value. But they are most attracted to decaying food items, as well as meat products, sweet sugary product and starches. So, in order to prevent cockroaches entering your home in the first place, it is important to always practice good food hygiene and keep your home clean. 

They are also drawn into your home to find water, as this is one of their biggest needs, they can only last a week without a drink. So, to make your home less attractive to cockroaches be sure to not leave water in glasses or any source of moisture out for them to drink. This could be anything from a wet bathmat, to a pet’s water bowl or a dripping tap.

Also, be sure to close any entry points into your home, these can be anything as small as a crack in your homes foundations. It is also good to use traps outside your home to prevent them from entering your home in the first place. But you need to be careful to ensure that these traps are safe especially if you have children and pets.

How to Deal with a Cockroach Infestation

But if it is already too late and you are dealing with an infestation in your home, don’t stress. There are ways that you can deal with an infestation in your home. If you firstly remove any food and water sources. This will stop more roaches entering your home. Then you need to deal with the individuals that are already living in your home. 

The best way to do this is using baited or sticky traps. These can be easily purchased from hardware stores. Baited traps are a lot more effective as roaches are drawn to them so they work a lot faster, meanwhile sticky traps are good to establish where the infestation is most heavy in your home. Then you can work out where the majority of roaches are and target that area. When laying roach traps it is important to consider that they mainly travel in dark places, so place them close to corners of rooms. 

 Another way to deal with an infestation in your home is to kill the individual cockroaches when you see them. This is a quick and effective way to deal with the problem. But unfortunately, this does not deal with the numbers of roaches that you cannot see. It is important to continue any do it yourself treatments for at least one month after you stop seeing cockroaches as they often lay eggs in cracks throughout your home. So, you need to continue treatments even if it seems they are all gone, to make sure you have removed the whole population. 

 But if you are really overrun with cockroaches, your best option is always to call in a professional cockroach exterminator. As they use professional grade pesticides which are much stronger and more effective than anything you can purchase in your local store. Also, pest control professionals are trained in how to safely use such strong toxic pesticides. So, you can be sure that will keep the safety of your family and pets in mind when carrying out the treatment.

Also, if you are overrun with cockroaches it poses a health concern to your family. Not only are cockroaches responsible for carrying disease causing bacteria and germs. They even carry antigens which are dangerous to individuals suffering from asthma.  

So, it is important to deal with the problem effectively once notice it, as roaches can cause your family to get very sick by contaminating food, and food preparation surfaces. 

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