Learn Where Cockroaches Hide & How to Find Them
Roaches are nocturnal so roach inspections are usually conducted at night. Most roach infestations start in the kitchen and/or bathroom so your inspection should be concentrated in these areas. You will be looking for adult roaches, juvenile roaches, roach eggs and roach faeces.
Where Do Roaches Hide?
Most roach species prefer dark, moist areas to hide and breed. Typically kitchens and bathrooms are the first rooms to be infested.
Use your flashlight to look for roaches behind or under refrigerators, stoves, microwaves, dishwashers, sinks, or cabinets.
Roaches may also be found in or around floor drains, inside the motor areas of refrigerators and microwaves, behind wall mounted pictures or clocks, under floor mats, behind wallpaper and in cracks and crevices in cabinets and around walls.
Search For Roach Droppings & Cockroach Eggs
In addition to knowing what cockroach looks like, you will also be able to detect roaches by the faeces (droppings) they leave behind. So what does roach poop look like anyway?
Roach faeces are often compared to coffee grounds and are usually left in the areas they frequent. Check inside cabinets, around the refrigerator, in edges of drawers and in other suspected hiding places.
Roaches will lay egg cases called oothecae. These cylindrical egg cases can vary in size from about 5mm to 10mm and are tan to dark brown.
Some species of roaches will drop these egg cases in the same areas that you have checked for the roaches and the roach faeces.
Learn the Best Way to Kill Roaches on Your Own
*The following treatment steps are for getting rid of all types of roaches, including American Roaches, German Roaches, Wood Roaches, Brown Banded Roaches, Oriental Roaches, and Smoky Brown Roaches.
Getting rid of roaches involves more than just spraying an insecticide or putting down a bait or dust. Roaches get into everything, multiply rapidly, and can survive for several months without food and up to two weeks without water.
These little pests definitely pose a challenge, but with the proper tools and roach killer products, Greenturion Pest Control can win the battle over roaches by following this roach management program. The best way to get rid of roaches includes a complete roach treatment process with two basic steps: sanitation/preparation, and the actual product applications.
Sanitation and Preparation
Sanitation is definitely one of the most important steps to getting rid of roaches and preventing them. Most roach treatment programs will fail if this step is skipped or poorly implemented. You must eliminate what attracts roaches, including as many food sources and water sources as possible and also seal off or eliminate places that roaches like to hide.
Eliminate Food Sources
Getting rid of food sources is one of the most important parts of roach control. Sanitation of your kitchen and other areas of your home require dedication and hard work but are necessary for a roach-free living space.
- Clean Kitchen Appliances. Roaches in your kitchen can live off grease and food spills under and behind your appliances. Clean under and behind the stove, refrigerator, microwave, toaster, dishwasher, and around and underneath the sink.
- Empty and Clean Cabinets. Crumbs and food spills from stored food products provide a buffet for roaches. Clean to eliminate this food source.
- Keep Food in Sealed Containers. Roaches are small enough to get into the cardboard packaging or loosely closed boxes and bags. Store food in metal, glass, or hard plastic sealable containers.
- Limit food consumption to one room of the house. Keeping all food and eating in one area of the home will eliminate crumbs and food spills and limits your infestation to one area of the house.
- Clean the kitchen thoroughly each night before bed. Roaches come out to feed at night, so cleaning the kitchen each night will leave nothing for foraging roaches to eat. Wipe down kitchen countertops, wash all dishes, clean floors well, and put away all food.
- Vacuum or sweep all other non-food areas of the home every few days. Picking up stray crumbs and roach feces, skins, body parts, and egg sacs, which contain pheromones that attract other roaches to the same areas, will help keep your home clean.
- Empty pet food containers overnight, or cover tightly.
- Keep garbage cans clean and covered.
Eliminate Water Sources
Water is another thing you will have to keep away from roaches. While it is difficult to get rid of all water sources, eliminate as many as possible.
- Fix leaky plumbing and sweating pipes.
- Before bed, dry all sinks, tubs, and showers completely and plug the drains.
- Place wet dishrags and sponges in an airtight plastic storage bag overnight, place them directly in the washing machine, or hang outdoors to dry.
- Pet water dishes should be placed outside overnight or be dried and refilled in the morning.
- Wet toothbrushes should be dried as best they can and placed in sealed bags or containers.
- Empty drip tray from under refrigerator.
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