Roaches are small insects that can get into your home through a crack or a gap in the window seal. Their slithery bodies are flat, oval in shape and can be up to three inches long (depending on species).
How do you get rid of a cockroach infestation?
Cockroach infestation need food, water, shelter and warmth to survive and thrive. They’re attracted to areas where these conditions are available, like garbage, paper and cardboard packaging, wallpaper paste, book bindings and other organic materials.
They also are attracted to leaky faucets, leaking pipes, open showers, pet water bowls and other sources of standing water. They’ll also seek out shelter in a dark and damp area of your home.
A cockroach infestation is a serious issue and can lead to health issues such as food poisoning, diarrhea, asthma, skin rashes and allergic reactions. It can also cause emotional distress, which can affect children and adults alike.
One of the best ways to detect a cockroach infestation is by looking for the signs they leave behind. If you notice cockroach tracks on your counters, under sinks or in cupboards, that’s a sign of an active cockroach infestation.
Egg casings are another key indicator that you have an infestation. Female cockroaches lay oval-shaped egg cases that can be found in cabinets, furniture and other hidden areas.
Regardless of the size of your roach problem, it’s important to take action to prevent further damage. General maintenance and cleaning can help remove the food, water, and shelter that cockroaches need to survive and breed.