"How to get rid of cockroaches" is a question most people hope they never need to ask. However, This site is designed to give a quick and informative summary for those experiencing a problem with cockroaches.
It's almost certain there are many hidden cockroaches for every one you see. The first indication may be an allergic response such as a skin rash, watery eyes, nasal congestion, asthma, and sneezing. This is due to the pathogens cockroaches carry from unsanitary places like sewers, garbage disposals, bathrooms, ect. (pictured above: American Cockroach)
Spread of Pathogens: Cockroaches can spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, 6 kinds of parasitic worms, and 7 other pathogens. Disease-causing organisms are carried on the legs and bodies of cockroaches, and are deposited on food and utensils as cockroaches forage. Cockroach excrement and cast skins also contain a number of allergens. They contaminate far more food than they are able to eat. (pictured above: German Cockroach)
Cockroaches are mostly active at night, when they forage for food, water, and mates. During the day they hide in cracks and crevices and other dark sites that provide a warm and humid environment. Their relatively wide, flat bodies enable them to move in and out of cracks and narrow openings with ease.
Cockroaches (eggs included), are “brought in”, usually on luggage, boxes or packages. All it takes, is bringing in one egg capsule, and six months later you have an infestation. In one year over 10,000 descendants can be produced, assuming two generations per year.
Your first line of defense is prevention:
The use of residual insecticidal sprays or aerosol foggers within a structure is of little value in controlling cockroaches. In fact, these applications may disperse the cockroaches making control difficult and lengthy.
Though not an effective means of extermination, cockroach traps can reveal the hiding places and the severity of infestation, help monitor the effectiveness of control measures and detect population increases which may require treatment.
Effective, safe treatment requires a professional cockroach exterminator. A professional exterminator will recognize the signs of an infestation and know where and how to effectively apply pesticides.
Do you think you have a cockroach problem? Don't wait until they further multiply. Don't risk dispersing them further with over the counter pesticides.