Your property could be an ideal breeding ground for certain species of cockroaches. They have multiple ways they can gain entry through cracks, crevices, vents, sewers and pipe drains.
The most effective way to prevent cockroaches is to deny them easy access to food, water and shelter, which are the main factors that attract them into your home or business.
German cockroaches tend to favour kitchens and can be prevented by keeping crumbs and other particles of food from accumulating in and around counters and cabinets.
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In addition to various DIY cockroach repellents, there are also a number of practical steps you can take to keep cockroaches out and prevent an infestation.
Eliminate food sources - store dry foods in tightly sealed containers or in sealed plastic bags and do not leave food sitting out on counters. Do not leave liquids in sinks or buckets.
Clear all waste food and liquid spillage - clean up food debris from food preparation areas, under sinks and appliances. Empty the rubbish on a daily basis and keep all garbage or compost in sealed bins.
Remove pet food - and drink and litter trays before nightfall.
Rinse cans, bottles and plastics - before putting them in recycling bins.
De-clutter - remove old stacks of newspapers and magazines, unused cardboard boxes and all other forms of clutter from the floor or bottom of cupboards. Cockroaches release an aggregation pheromone in their droppings telling others they have found a safe harbourage.
Varnish or paint wood shelves - to seal them, and wipe them clean regularly.
Seal entry points - to deny access to cockroaches. Key risks are gaps around pipes, drains and common walls with neighbouring properties when dealing with German, Oriental and American cockroaches. Even tiny cracks around skirting boards and behind electrical sockets should be plugged to reduce potential hiding areas.
If you have already spotted signs of an infestation, these steps will help to control an existing problem but you will also need professional treatment for a reliable, long-term solution.
A quick response is essential to prevent cockroaches in your home or spreading to your neighbours.
At Rentokil, we have specialist know-how and equipment enabling us to offer the most efficient way to get rid of cockroaches. Backed by over 90 years of experience locally across New Zealand and the world, you can be sure of an effective solution.
The very best form of prevention is regular monitoring and pest control by professionals.
Please call us on 0800 552 001 to discuss your requirements for effective cockroach prevention in your home or business.