Although common, nobody wants to find cockroaches in their home. However, these pesky critters enter homes through whatever means they can find. During the winter months, especially, roaches seek warmth, food and shelter from the cold. This makes your home the perfect place for a cockroach and its family to hide.
Cockroaches are attracted by garbage, scraps and any organic debris on the floor. Using their sharp sense of smell, they can find food in your home through entrances like cracks in walls and foundations, windows, drain pipes, sewer vents and other access points. Cockroaches are typically nocturnal, so spotting one in daylight means there could be a larger infestation somewhere within your home.
How Are Cockroaches Harmful?
While cockroaches do not sting or bite like other pests, they can still be dangerous in large numbers. Many species of cockroach carry bacteria on their bodies that contaminate food. These pathogens can cause vomiting, fever and even Salmonella. When the insect sheds its skin, leaves droppings or saliva in areas of your home, this may aggravate asthma attacks or those sensitive to allergens.
Cockroach Removal Tips
Because roaches are attracted to scraps and strong smells, it’s best to keep your home clean and tidy. This makes sweeping and mopping especially important. Be sure to wipe down counters and take out the trash as often as possible. Vacuum scraps of food from the corners of your home to around cabinet bases, especially near pantries and dry food storage areas.
Traps and poisons are a good solution to some infestations. Products like sticky traps stop roaches in their tracks, but may require some trial and error to find the high traffic areas. Poisons like gel baits and roach motels tempt roaches into eating poison and spreading the toxins to others in the nest. These are most effective when they allow the roach to spread the toxins to the rest of the nest. However, not every type of edible bait tempts cockroaches effectively.
Call the Cockroach Exterminators Today
If you’ve been battling roaches in your house, chances are that you’ve tried a range of home treatments. Glue strips, gel bait, boric acid and other methods can be effective for most cases of roach infestations, but there are some stubborn nests that won’t seem to die. If you’ve exhausted your options, don’t move out just yet. Tyto Pest Control offers professional cockroach removal in the Sandy, Utah area.