Cockroaches are not only frightening pests to see in the home, and they can also be dangerous. While this might be surprising for many people to learn, a cockroach infestation can have negative effects on the health of you and your family. Not only are cockroach bites possible, but roaches can also contaminate food and increase your family's risk of allergies. Thankfully, professional help is available if your home is infested with roaches. This guide will offer a few treatment options.
Many people choose glue traps to handle a cockroach infestation. Basically, roaches will walk across the traps and get stuck in the glue on the top surface. In most cases, the roaches will not be able to free themselves from the glue trap, eventually dying there.
Although they can catch roaches, glue traps will only catch a few roaches at a time. Roaches are constantly breeding, so glue traps may not be the most effective option if you have an infestation.
Like the name suggests, bait stations bait roaches to enter a station. Once inside, the roaches ingest a slow-release insecticide. Once the roach heads back to their nest or colony, they will eventually die, but not before they secrete fecal matter that contains the same insecticide and contaminate the food that other roaches will eat as well. This will spread the insecticide. There are some species of roaches that will actually even consume the dead roaches who ingested the insecticide, and then, of course, these roaches will die as well.
Because the insecticide spreads through the entire roach colony over a period of time, bait stations are a good option to consider if your home is infested.
Mist-based applications are also an option your exterminator may recommend. This treatment involves spraying a fine mist into certain areas where roaches tend to nest and live. Your exterminator may suggest spraying the insecticide mist directly into different cracks and crevices in and around the home. The mist ensures the insecticide targets a specific area instead of the entire home, which could avoid problems for your children and pets that would potentially happen if the entire home were targeted.
In most cases, the insecticide mist will kill both roaches and eggs, treating the infestation while preventing a further risk of more roaches hatching in the future.
Also known as foggers, bombs can be a great option if you want to effectively and efficiently eradicate a roach infestation. Bombs work by releasing a pesticide into the air, which spreads through the home, killing roaches and any eggs. Of course, you will need to leave the home for a period of time before the roach bomb is released. This ensures you, your family, and your pets are not exposed to the harmful effects of the pesticide.
Contact a company that offers exterminator services in order to learn more about what options might work for your home's infestation.