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How to get rid of Cockroaches

Get rid of cockroaches

Cockroaches produce an obnoxious odor that can contaminate nearby food and belongings. Due to this potential health risk and the general fear of having these pests in your home, it is very important to prevent these pesky critters from entering your home in the first place, and to know how to get rid of cockroaches.

Cockroaches can enter the home via packaging materials, food, appliances, used furniture or from neigbouring properties. They can also be introduced to your home through holiday or traveling luggage.

Cockroach Prevention Tips

Once you have checked for the signs of a cockroach infestation, there are a number of important actions you need to take to get rid of cockroaches:

  • Seal entry points in the living space: This is the first way of getting rid of cockroaches and can help prevent cockroaches from entering your home. Cockroaches mainly enter your home through door gaps and cracks in supply ducts for water pipes, cables, ventilation, etc. These critters are nocturnal and hide during the day in cracks and crevices in the walls, around skirting boards or behind electrical sockets, especially the American Cockroach and Oriental Cockroach.
  • Cockroaches love warm and moist areas: Ensure that rooms are well ventilated and cool.
  • If you have recently returned from a holiday trip: Take your entire holiday luggage - including clothing - and shake it out outside the house. Examine it all for residues of cockroaches (insects, shed skin, eggs, etc.).

How to Get Rid of Cockroaches in your Home

The most effective way of exercising cockroach control and making sure you get rid cockroaches in the first place, is to prevent them accessing food and water. Other housekeeping tips you can employ to get rid of cockroaches, are:

Clean waste and spillages

  • Store food in containers or in sealed plastic bags and clean food debris from under fridges or cookers.
  • Clean all waste food and spillages immediately and keep refuse or compost in sealed bins. German Cockroaches tend to favour kitchens and can be attracted to crumbs and food residues in your home.
  • Clear used crockery and cutlery immediately.
  • Remove pet food, water and litter trays overnight.
  • Take care of soiled nappies or dirty clothing.
  • Do not leave liquids in sinks or buckets overnight.
  • Waste should be removed each day from the home and placed in sealed bins or waste containers.
  • Put waste or compost in sealed containers.

Get Rid of Cockroaches Professionally

Call the Rentokil experts to get rid of cockroaches

If untreated, cockroaches quickly establish themselves in high numbers and will spread to adjoining properties.It is extremely difficult to reach all cockroach hiding places with amateur products. Cockroach infestations are likely to re-occur, especially when surviving cockroach eggs hatch after one or two months.

  • Cockroaches are very resilient and while DIY products can deal with the immediate problem, treatment by a qualified pest control technician is often necessary to get rid of cockroaches in the long-term.
  • Our pest control specialists have a range of powerful cockroach bait to control cockroaches.
  • The risk of using insecticides in your home is minimised with proprietary products such as non-toxic RID (Rentokil Insecticide Dust) or PyGo which is highly targeted at the crevices where cockroaches hide.
  • Rentokil offers a call-out service to get rid of cockroaches and other pest problems in the home.
  • Our cockroach control service is fast, effective and offers the highest level of safety for your family and pets.

Read more about our expert cockroach control service.

If you are worried, contact  your local pest control professional free on +256 414 287 160 / +256 414 694 494 or email us for more help on cockroach problems in your home or advice on how to get rid of cockroaches.