Nothing warms the heart more than finding out that your home is crawling with cockroaches. These insects are so adept at hiding that the first mating pair may have arrived in your home almost a year ago and it has taken until now for you to notice the little ones.
The presence of a single cockroach, dead or alive is not indicative of a cockroach infestation. Neither is the presence of a couple big cockroaches. A cockroach infestation is when cockroaches are being actively bred in your home. The most clearest sign of an infestation is little cockroaches running around in daylight. If left untreated, it can very quickly turn into a really nasty hygiene problem.
The female cockroach can carry up to 8 egg casings, each casing holding about 40 eggs. Every six weeks, an egg is released. It takes around 3 months for a baby cockroach to reach maturity. Interbreeding is rife in cockroach infestations. Every female can very quickly find another mate and start the process all over again. The lifespan of a cockroach is up to 2 years so it’s not hard to see how a house can be the victim of a cockroach infestation.
Finding out the cockroach nest
The easiest way to find out where the cockroach nest in your house is is to turn off the lights and wait a while and then to rapidly turn them back on. As cockroaches avoid the light you should see a number of them scurry back to safety. This way you should get an idea as to where the cockroach nest is located. But be aware that it’s possible that the little beasties have several smaller nests spread throughout your home. The most common places for a cockroach nest to form are either the kitchen or the bathroom, mainly because these places provide them with heat, water and food crumbs. Water is the most important resource for their survival. That is why it’s advised to close off all pipes and plug all water leaks before you go away for a longer period of time.
Dealing with the cockroach issue
The most commonly used solution is to use Borax powder. What you can do is to take a couple of spoon of Borax powder and mix it with some sugar. Then all you have to do is place it in an upturned jar lid. Cockroaches are attracted to sugar and once they start ingesting it, they will inevitably ingest the Borax as well.
This method should not take long before you see results. However this method will not attract all cockroaches and in this case you might need more sophisticated methods of dealing with them.
Cockroach traps can either be bought or made. The commercial ones have a sticky surface that glue the cockroach into place so he can’t escape. A home made solution would be to take clear glass jar and put some water or some bits of food inside. Once the cockroach gets inside the jar, it won’t be able to escape because the glass is too smooth for them to scale.
Calling a professional
The above solutions would work in mild case of cockroach infestations. If you’ve got a cockroach problem that has been going on for more than 2 or 3 months, you need to call an exterminator.