Cockroaches

Cockroaches are a high risk pest to have in your premise. They carry a range of serious illnesses, including salmonella food poisoning, dysentery, diphtheria, gastroenteritis and typhoid. Furthermore, cockroaches have been identified as a major source of powerful allergens, often the cause of asthma, allergies and eczema, especially in urban areas. The health risk is particularly high in homes with children, the elderly or those fighting illnesses."

Beyond the health risks, cockroaches are a distasteful pest to have in your premise. They are not only a disturbing sight, they cause contamination and can produce an obnoxious odour that taints food and objects which they come in contact with. If the conditions are good, and temperatures sufficient, as is the case all around the year in most parts of India, cockroaches can breed rapidly. They are highly resilient and have developed resistances to a number of insecticides. A quick response is therefore essential to ensure that cockroach infestations do not go out of control or spread to neighboring properties. A quick response at the very first sign of an infestation is essential to control cockroaches in your property and to stop the spread of this pest to your neighbors.

Cockroaches are most active during the night, preferring to stay hidden in cracks and crevices during the day. They are attracted to food available in your property and will feed on nearly anything from food crumbs to animal droppings / faces.

If you suspect a cockroach infestation, it is essential to take immediate action to ensure a fast solution to the problem and to minimize health risks associated with this pest.


Common Cockroach Species

There are over 4,000 different species of cockroaches, which only about 40 species are considered pests while others are beneficial in their natural environment. German, Oriental, American, Brown Banded Cockroaches are commonly found.


Signs of Cockroach Infestation

•Droppings - Black grainy droppings can be found in the cabinets and along the walls or routes that they travelled on.
•Smear marks - where water is abundant, brown and irregular shaped smear marks will appear on horizontal surfaces and wall floor junctions.
•Moulted skin - Evident of brownish skins can be found close to where they are breeding as immature cockroaches shed skins about 5-8 times when they mature to adult.
•Egg cases - Appear as small dark brown oval-shaped casings.
•Damage - Look for signs of damage on food packaging and organic goods including leather and books.
•Unpleasant odor - A distinct musty smell when cockroaches present in large numbers.
•Live cockroaches - Usually found around bathrooms and kitchens.


POTENTIAL HARM

• Can produce disgusting odors and spread harmful bacteria such as Salmonella.
• Major source of allergies and Asthma.
• Eat all the available food sources.


Control Measures

• Cut off water sources. Cockroaches must have a source of water. Depending on the temperature and their size, they can live for a month without any food, but no more than a week without water. Find water leaks in your house, and fix them. Once their water source(s) have been eliminated, they will be much more interested in eating gel-based baits you set out.

• Clean your house thoroughly. A clean house is the key to keeping cockroaches away, and the first place to start is the kitchen. Wash your dishes and put food away promptly after meals. Clean up crumbs and spills right away, and generally keep the area clean. Pay special attention to range tops, as cockroaches love grease.

• Take out the trash regularly. Have one trash can for food in your house. Don't let it sit for too long. Use a trash can with a lid, rather than one that stays open. Keep it in sealed containers that aren't sitting right next to your house.

• Use an insecticide spray. Get some insecticide that is labeled for use against cockroaches and contains Cyfluthrin or another insecticide as the active ingredient.[4]Spray wherever cockroaches may be hiding or entering the house, including along walls, in cracks, and in vents.

• Apply a liquid concentrate. Liquid concentrates, once the exclusive domain of professional exterminators, are now being made for use by the public. The concentrate is a poison or deterrent chemical that is diluted with water and then sprayed, wiped, or mopped onto just about any surface, crack or crevice to kill roaches that walk there. Concentrates can be particularly effective providing protection against re-infestation, as they usually deter roaches for 1-2 weeks or more.

• Gel treatment - It is very effective for the control of cockroaches and most of customers are interested to use this treatment. Gel is applied with the help of applicator at electrical appliances, cracks etc. and applied mostly in kitchen. The gel attracts cockroaches to feed on it leading to their death. The toxicant in the gel is also spread to other members resulting drastic reduction in cockroach population and provide the best result in minimum time.


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