Cockroaches can be one of the more unpleasant and disgusting bugs that people have to deal with but fortunately, they're only found in certain areas of the world – not everyone will see a cockroach in their lifetime. Most people see a cockroach and their first instinct will be to stand on it. However, if your home is infested with cockroaches then they'll be all over the place; on your walls, ceilings, curtains, anywhere and everywhere.
At this point, you really have to contact a cockroach exterminator and have them take care of the cockroaches for you as soon as possible.
What Causes a Cockroach Infestation?
There are a lot of different things which can attract cockroaches and cause a cockroach infestation. Below, we have put together a list of the most common reasons for a cockroach infestation and have explained how you can prevent an infestation in the future.
Food. This is one of the top reasons for cockroaches entering your home. Whether it be a sandwich that you've left out, pet food, or you simply didn't have the time to clean your kitchen up after an evening of baking; cockroaches are attracted to food.
To ensure that this doesn't attract cockroaches, make sure that your home is generally clean, that you throw out any old or spoiled food, and that you clean your pet's food bowls regularly too.
Wet and Damp Areas. Another common reason for a cockroach infestation is dampness. If you notice that there is a leaky pipe in your home or there is dampness in the basement, have a contractor examine the area and repair it appropriately to eliminate the dampness.
Not only will this prevent cockroaches but it will prevent you from having to spend a lot of money on home repairs if the dampness were to spread.
Overgrowth. Lastly, another prime attraction for cockroaches is an overgrown garden. Having an overgrown garden can attract a lot of unwanted animals and insects (such as termites), on top of cockroaches, which is why it's in your best interested to have your garden maintained.
If you don't have the time to take care of your garden then it's a good idea to either transform your garden so that less maintenance is required, or have a gardener take care of it for you.
How Much Does a Cockroach Extermination Cost?
Unfortunately, cockroach extermination can range from anywhere between $120 and $500, depending on how badly the infestation has gotten. Following this, a lot of exterminators will highly recommend that you have regular maintenance check-ups to prevent future infestations while also making sure that there are no undetected infestations around your home. These maintenance check-ups can cost up to $100; again, it depends on your specific situation.
This might seem like a lot of money although consider how unpleasant cockroaches are to deal with. Nobody wants to deal with them on their own and by having a professional take care of it, you're ensuring that they are dealt with appropriately and if you choose to have regular maintenance check-ups, you could prevent expensive house repairs in the future.
The most effective treatment for a cockroach infestation is fumigation and it is one of the most common methods that exterminators use to eliminate cockroaches. As with any other fumigation, the chemicals and gases which are used to kill the cockroaches can be lethal to humans if inhaled in large volumes, thus it's important for you to stay out of the house until the exterminator gives you the all clear.
Typically, the exterminator will start by making sure the air flow of your house is as open as possible so that the gases can travel freely. After ensuring this, they will release an appropriate amount of gas into your home and leave it to do its job for about 24 hours. The next day, they will return and enable the ventilation system that they would have set up beforehand to help speed along the airing of your home. Lastly, they will return the next again day to pack up their equipment and test the air quality in your home to make sure that it's safe for you to return.
If you or anyone in your family has breathing problems, it's a good idea to have them stay out of the house until you've cleaned up your house and vacuumed the dust left behind by the cockroaches.
Preparing for Cockroach Fumigation
Preparing for cockroach fumigation is fairly straight-forward and is similar to any other sort of fumigation preparation.
First, you must remove any unsealed foods or drinks from the building as well as any medication that you have. For foods that you have already opened and stored in the refrigerator, you can either get rid of them or double wrap them.
Expect to be out of your home for a few days. The reasoning for this is that the gas can take a while to be as effective as possible and after it has killed all of the cockroaches, the exterminator has to let your house "breath" so that you can return safely. Thus, make sure that you have made the appropriate living arrangements and that you have everything you need beforehand – you won't be able to re-enter the property until the exterminator has completed their process.
How to Get Rid of Cockroaches Yourself
If you've only found a few cockroaches in your home and you want to save yourself the money that you would otherwise have spent on an exterminator, you can try to get rid of the cockroaches yourself. That being said, if the infestation is fairly large then it's not a good idea to try and get rid of them on your own.
It might sound like a crazy idea but the best way to get rid of small cockroach infestations is to capture the cockroaches and either stand on them to kill them or put them down a storm drain.
Without the right equipment and chemicals, this is the best thing that you can do.
The Risks of a Cockroach Infestation
Having a cockroach infestation is very unhealthy and unhygienic, thus it's in your best interests to have the infestation dealt with as soon as possible. It may even be worth making alternative living arrangements until the infestation is gone and your house is back in order. Below are some of the risks of a cockroach infestation.
- As we mentioned at the beginning of the article, cockroaches are attracted to food. If they get into your food supplies and start to eat it, this will result in the food becoming contaminated – the chances are that you won't realise it though. Thus, if you eat the food, you could catch a disease from them.
- It's no secret that cockroaches can, and will, crawl inside of your body if they get the chances. There are plenty of stories of people realising that a cockroach has crawled into their ears whilst they were sleeping.
- Cockroaches shed a lot of skin which results in a lot of dust around your home. While inhaling dust is bad for your "average joe", it's one hundred times worse for anyone with asthma and will trigger constant asthma attacks.