You’re probably familiar with the sensation: when your stomach sinks and you hear a light creak on the ground, look up to find a large dark roach crawling around your kitchen or bedroom. Although bugs are not fun, cockroaches take it to the next level.
They are a common parasite and can be hard to eradicate. It is important to eliminate roaches quickly if you find them in your home or apartment, such as in the kitchen cabinets, attic or bathroom.
What Kind Of Cockroaches Are There In Our Homes?
There are over 4,500 species of cockroaches in the world, but only 3 live in South Africa.
This is a list of the most common cockroaches you will see indoors.
The 2 large, dark stripes can easily identify German cockroaches on their pronotum. Adults measure between 12 and 15mm in length. Between 35 and 40 eggs are carried by females in their pouches until they hatch. It takes one month for the eggs to hatch. It takes 6 to 6 months for nymphs to mature into adults. These cockroaches can be found indoors. It can be felt in damp areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, and commercial areas.
All cockroaches are flat and broad with long hind legs. Most cockroaches have black or brown wings that are folded over their backs. The German cockroach is light brown, with two parallel dark stripes running down its body from the head towards the wings.
Oriental Cockroach These cockroaches can be dark brown or black. The wings of males cover 3/4 of their abdomen. Females have no wings. These cockroaches can grow to 20-25 mm in size. The female cockroaches have 16 eggs. It takes 2 months for the eggs to hatch. Between 6 and 18 months, the nymphs turn into adults. They like to live in cool and humid environments such as basements, drains, under porches, basements, etc. They can also be found in leaf litter or garbage cans. They prefer to fly then run.
American Cockroach – This is the largest cockroach in South Africa and can be found in both domestic and commercial areas. They are approximately 35-40mm long and have a shiny finish. Males have wings that are longer than their bodies and can fly at the right temperature. The female carries 16 eggs in her egg case. The female keeps them for several days before she lays them. The eggs hatch in 1-2 months. It can take Nymphs up to 15 months for them to mature. This type of cockroach prefers to be in dark, humid areas. They are found in basements, bathrooms, ceilings, kitchens and basements.
There are many other species of cockroaches, including the cockroaches above, such as the smaller, dark, brown, and darker ones. It is important to have the plan to eliminate cockroaches, not just count and evaluate their species.
What Attracts the Cockroaches to The House?
No matter what kind of cockroaches are in your home, one thing is certain: they don’t belong. Cockroaches are not only uncomfortable, but they can also cause allergies and spread diseases, as well as create an unhealthy living space.
It is important first to understand why cockroaches are attracted to your property. These are the most common causes:
1. Food sources
Cockroaches can eat almost anything and are considered omnivores. Cockroaches love starches, sweets and fatty foods. They will be attracted to easy food sources such as dirty dishes, pet food, and crumbs on countertops. Cockroaches love trash, so make sure to dispose of it regularly.
Depending on which cockroach species, they may live behind picture frames or in hollowed-out wood, under the sink, on your toilet, or on your electronic devices. Cockroaches will venture indoors when the temperature outside drops. They are attracted to quiet areas and will live in corners of basements and attics.
It can be difficult to solve a cockroach problem, especially if you have been careful to avoid common attractants. Some places are more appealing to cockroaches than others. The American cockroach, like other species, does not require unsanitary conditions to flourish. They enter your home through an open window or door opening and start to settle in.
Cockroaches, like all animals, need water to survive. They will even enter the cleanest homes. Open showers, pet water bowls, and leaky pipes are all common drawbacks.
Cockroaches are happy to live indoors but will enter your yard in search of food, shelter, water, and food. All beetles will find food sources, such as bird seed and fruit plants, in standing water, including gutters and flower pots.
How do Cockroaches get into a House?
Cockroaches love shelter, food, and water. But how can they get into your home? Small cracks and crevices in doors and windows are the most common entry points for cockroaches into your home.
These are our favourite hot spots:
1. Cracks and crevices on doors and windows
Cockroaches will enter your home through cracks and crevices on your doors and windows. Cockroaches can easily get in through windows and doors that aren’t closed completely or sealed properly.
2. Vents and pipes with holes
The holes in pipes and vents are another common entry point for cockroaches. Cockroaches can easily enter older homes with vents that aren’t sealed properly or holes. When replacing or repairing vents, check for holes in pipes or plumbing that could lead to cockroaches.
3. Furniture and other objects can be hitch-hiked
Check for cockroaches before bringing furniture or other items into your house. These insects may hide in old furniture or other items, but they will only emerge when your home is safe.
How to Get Rid Of Cockroaches Naturally
There are many options if you’re looking for a way to eliminate cockroaches naturally. Several home remedies can be used to get rid of these unsightly creatures. Many of them are safe for pets and children.
1. Diatomaceous Earth
Natural insecticide Diatomaceous Earth, also known as DE, is excellent. It comprises powdered fossilized alga; the DE particles can be sharp and dry. ED can cause exoskeleton damage and death in cockroaches.
2. Baking soda
Baking soda is one way to eliminate cockroaches quickly and easily. Make homemade cockroach bait by chopping a few onions and adding baking soda. Place this appetizer in a small dish to see the cockroach activity. Baking soda causes roaches to burst when they eat it.
3. Boric Acid
Boric acid can be described as a natural compound. Boric acid is a mixture of water, boron and other elements found in plants and fruits. It is safe for pets and people, but it can be deadly for cockroaches. Boric acid sticks to cockroaches’ legs and wings when it comes in contact. The powder acts quickly to kill the beetle when it is eaten.
Sprinkle some boric acid on a plate to kill roaches. Place an orange peel or a teaspoon of peanut butter in the middle of the container to eliminate roach activity.
Borax, a common laundry product, is great for killing roaches. Combine equal amounts of borax with white table sugar to get the best results. Sprinkle the mixture wherever you see roach activity. Borax quickly kills cockroaches when it is consumed.
Citrus is both a treat for humans and a repellent for cockroaches. Cockroaches are attracted to the smell of lemons. Add a few drops of lemon oil to the water to clean your floors. Although people won’t notice the smell, it will send the roaches packing.
6. Essential Oils
Essential oils can repel cockroaches. Mix peppermint and lemongrass essential oils with water to get the best results. Spray the mixture wherever you see cockroaches.
How to Get Rid Of Cockroaches in Your House
Are you looking for more traditional solutions to your cockroach problems? These are quick and easy ways to get rid of cockroaches.
1. To identify problem areas, use glue traps
Glue traps can be used to find roach infestations and eliminate them. The trap’s smell attracts beetles and traps them once they have stepped on it. You can place store-bought glue strips wherever you notice roach activity.
2. Install bait stations
What is the fastest way to kill cockroaches? Bait stations. These bait stations come in a long tube that can be placed wherever you notice roach activity. The bait’s smell attracts beetles, which then eat it. The poison will then be passed to the rest of the group when the cockroach dies and returns to its original location.
3. All entry points can be catalyzed
Although bait stations and glue strips can effectively eliminate roaches from your home, they will not do much good if you have new pests constantly entering your home. Putty can be used to seal any potential entry points and gaps. Pay attention to cracks in walls, tiles, worn seals, and cracks in door or window seals.
4. Use a liquid concentrate
Buy a concentrated liquid cockroach repellent concentrate from your local home improvement shop. The concentrated liquid can be diluted and sprayed in crevices or crevices where the cockroaches love to hide. Mix some concentrates in a bucket with water and scrub the floors for a complete solution. This will prevent cockroaches from returning at night.
5. Pest control professionals are available for hire
Hire a professional team to manage your cockroach infestation for the best results. Professional teams in South Africa are trained to find and eliminate cockroach infestations quickly and safely without putting your home, pets, or children at risk.
How to Get Rid Of Cockroaches Besides Your Home
You can prevent cockroaches by limiting their number outside your home. This is how to do it:
1. Clean up
Remember that cockroaches require three things to survive: food and water. These things can’t be removed from the outside, but you can make your garden more welcoming. These are some ideas:
Take down wood piles, leaves and overgrown bushes.
Outdoor garbage cans require safe lids
Take out foundation plants from the house.
You can reduce water consumption by putting standing water in bird trays and flower pots.
2. Sticky traps are a good idea
Sticky traps can be used indoors or outdoors. Sticky traps can be placed anywhere you suspect cockroaches are entering your home, including cracks around doors and windows. You can place traps in several spots if you aren’t sure where they are coming from.
3. Place the bait
You can reduce the chances of them entering your home by killing them with the bait. Your bait stations will work best if placed near outbuildings, corners, fences, fences, or foundations.
4. Spray the pesticide
Spraying a pesticide in your yard and around your house is the best way to eliminate cockroaches. These sprays have a long-lasting effect and kill roaches upon contact.
How to Keep Cockroaches Away From Your House?
A pound of prevention is worth a thousand pounds of recovery. These simple tips will help you keep cockroaches away from your home.
1. Clean house
To begin with, remove any potential roach-attracting items. Your home will be more effective than any exterminator for home roaches if it is clean and tidy.
These are some things to add to your to-do lists:
After each use, wash and immediately put away any dishes that have become dirty.
Clean up any spills and crumbs quickly
All standing water sources, including pet bowls, must be drained.
Every day, take out your trash, especially before you go to bed at night.
Regularly sweep and clean floors, especially under and around large appliances.
Do not leave pet food out for too long.
2. Food storage should be taken seriously
If you want to keep cockroaches away from your home, getting rid of food sources is important. The best way to keep food safe is to place it in a glass or plastic container. Also, keep perishable foods in the fridge and don’t leave fruits or vegetables on the counter.
3. Clean kitchen appliances
Remember that cockroaches are fond of grease and oil, so your kitchen is an ideal place for them to get these goodies. Keep your stove, dishwasher, and other kitchen appliances clean. You should pay special attention to areas such as the backsplash, garbage disposal, and drip pans under your stove.
After each meal, clean your counters and tables. You can add a few drops of lemon oil to your cleansing water to add extra protection. The beetles will not return to the area if sprayed with citrus oil.
4. Get rid of newspaper and cardboard boxes
Newspapers and cardboard boxes are great for nesting and breeding. Recycle or dispose of old newspapers as soon as possible to prevent cockroach infestations.
5. Seal cracks and entry points
Cockroaches can squeeze through tiny crevices. Seal cracks in the foundation of your house and put weather protection strips under doors to keep them out. Also, check for gaps between windows and openings that allow gas, plumbing, or electrical lines to enter the basement. Spray foam or caulking can seal the cracks and prevent cockroaches from entering your home.
6. Repair leaks immediately
It would be best to fix any leaks in your plumbing as soon as you notice them. Even a tiny drip tube can provide the moisture cockroaches need to survive. Regularly inspect faucets, sinks, refrigerators and appliances for leaks.
The best way to control cockroaches in Cape Town is to select and apply the right insecticide carefully. Insects and eggs can be easily hidden, so place the insecticide in these areas. Also, ensure that you keep the insecticide on the area during growth. The insecticide should be applied until all eggs have hatched. However, routine treatment may be necessary to control an infestation of cockroaches.
Cockroach baits permit the controlled application of insecticides to attractive food bases. The baits can be placed in areas infested by beetles, and the insects will eat the lure, receiving a fatal dose of insecticide. These baits can be used to control cockroaches over long periods.