It is not surprising then, that we generally equate cockroaches with dirtiness.
Unfortunately, if you want to get rid of cockroaches, you may need to seek professional help.
Cockroaches are highly resilient creatures and they can be especially difficult to eliminate.
For the most part, prevention is the best means of controlling cockroach problems, but there are some measures you can take to get rid of cockroaches if a problem already exists.
First, let's talk about prevention.
The best way to make sure your house is free of cockroaches involves general maintenance and cleaning.
You need to remove access to food, water, and shelter in order to prevent cockroaches from infesting your home.
Wiping counters, tables, and stovetops after every meal is a good start, but you should also keep food stored in specific areas and in containers that are tightly sealed.
Dirty dishes in the sink or counter may attract cockroaches, and you should be careful to regularly take the garbage out of your home.
Leaky pipes, faucets, toilets should be fixed as should cracks and crevices in your walls and cupboards.
Taking these precautions will help to prevent cockroaches from entering your home and nesting.
If you have already identified a problem with cockroaches, your goal is going to be eliminating all live cockroaches and their eggs.
This can be a very difficult endeavour as cockroaches breed relatively quickly and in large numbers.
If left unchecked, a cockroach infestation expands rapidly and in a few weeks or months can pose a significant risk to health and safety.
Today, some of the most popular products for eliminating cockroaches are cockroach food baits.
These baits contain poisonous "food" for cockroaches that has a delayed lethal effect.
Cockroaches will often take food back to the nest, so the delayed lethal effect of these baits is very important.
Once the cockroach returns to the nest, other cockroaches are affected by the poison through contact with this food or even cockroach feces.
In addition to these cockroach food baits, you can even use some of the prevention methods before.
Make your home unfit for cockroaches to live by eliminating food and water sources.
Place all food in sealed containers and clean up food remains immediately after every meal.
Still, even if you take all the right precautions you may find yourself unable to control your cockroach problem.
In these cases, pest control professionals should be called in.
Pest control professionals can get rid of cockroaches using more advanced methods that can quickly and completely eliminate a cockroach infestation.
They can also identify the species of cockroach in your home, where to find them, and the most efficient methods of killing them.