Initial Steps After Seeing a German Cockroach
Live in Central Florida for any amount of time, and cockroaches will no doubt make more than a few appearances in your life. But what steps can you take after seeing these ubiquitous pests? With the help of the experts in Orlando pest control at Apex, you can defeat any cockroach problem, both large and small.
If you’ve seen a cockroach in your home, odds are it is the German cockroach, generally one of the most common species in the local area. They can thrive in our environment, as they are hardy in their ability to withstand heat or cold and perfectly adapted to marshland and swamps. How you react to seeing one goes a long way towards how many more you will see in the future. Try these four initial steps upon a German cockroach encounter:
Cut Off the Food Supply
Cockroaches are in your home for three reasons and three reasons only: food, water, and shelter. Shelter is more difficult to cut off without help from professionals (roaches can live in remarkable environments), but food and water can certainly be contained. Make certain any trash is cleared from around your home, and never leave food out longer than it needs to be. Also, secure any food storage bins or bags you may have in your pantry. Leaky pipes and faucets are an issue as well; it’s the reason cockroaches are so often seen in bathrooms and kitchens.
Seal Up Entry Ways
Try to determine how the cockroaches entered your home. This may not be easy because roaches don’t need much wiggle room. Simple things like patching up ripped screens and caulking cracked portions of your home structure can still help immensely.
Bait traps can be useful, but only to a degree. Good for a minor roach problem, they can also be dangerous for pets and small children. So, in general, there are better ways, but if you have an issue with one or two roaches in your bedroom, this can work.
It’s often said that cockroaches outlived the dinosaurs, and that’s not a myth. They’ve been on this planet for eons because of their incredible adaptive abilities; being able to live for periods underwater, surviving without a head, going weeks without eating… all of these are skills they posses. So, don’t be let down if you can’t remove them from your home. It’s time to contact the pros.
Modern, cutting-edge cockroach removal and control methods have come a long way, but it’s good to go with the best. When it comes to Orlando pest control, Apex lives up to its company namesake; we are equipped with decades of local experience and all the pest tools for any issue. Contact us anytime at (866) 675-4070 for a free, no-obligation inspection and quote.