How to Deal with a Cockroach Infestation

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A cockroach infestation can be a very anxiety-inducing ordeal, especially considering how these creatures affect human health. Aside from just being creepy, cockroaches are unsanitary. They carry harmful bacteria, contaminating surfaces with their feces and saliva wherever they go. They also carry and transmit diseases like salmonella. Cockroaches even trigger asthma and carry a protein that causes allergies, leading to symptoms like itchiness, coughs, and rashes.

How to Deal with a Cockroach Infestation

With these things in mind, it’s important to do all you can to eliminate cockroaches. Here are some ways to deal with a cockroach infestation:

  • Clean up food immediately. Cockroaches are omnivorous scavengers that will eat practically anything. They are always looking for food, so it’s important to keep your kitchen clean. Make sure your food items are properly sealed to make sure cockroaches cannot get to it. You should also avoid leaving dirty dishes in the sink for a long time. Lastly, clean up any crumbs or spills immediately from countertops or the floor. Vacuuming thoroughly will also help.
  • Get rid of excess moisture. Like most other pests, cockroaches are attracted to moisture. That’s why you’ll often find them in crawlspaces, where it’s damp and dark. If you notice any leaks or dripping faucets, get a plumber to fix them so you’ll be less likely to find a roach hanging out there. While reducing moisture in Georgia’s humid climate might seem difficult to say the least, you can also try using a dehumidifier if it’s in your budget.
  • Remove entry points. Another way to deal with cockroaches is to seal off the spots where roaches can enter your home. If you find gaps, cracks, or other openings in walls or near doors and windows, make sure to close them off.

These things will help you deal with cockroaches, but when you have a true cockroach infestation, it’s best to call a pest control company. We have the experience and effective products to eliminate the problem.