Many people have encountered a cockroach infestation in their homes. Some people believe that these creepy critters spread bacteria and disease, while others believe they are very hygienic creatures. We will discuss some interesting facts and how to get rid of cockroaches in your home. Because, let's face it, nobody likes sharing a living space with cockroaches.
Do cockroaches only live in filthy houses?
Even if your house is clean, you're not necessarily safe from cockroaches. They will go anywhere they can find food and water. They will eat anything - from spilled food to dead skin cells. Dirty homes have more food sources, so they are more likely to attract cockroaches. But as long as a cockroach has access to water, they can live weeks without food. They spread around the dirt already found in your home, so essentially the cockroaches in your home are as clean or dirty as the home environment.
Are cockroaches clean or dirty?
Much like a cat, cockroaches groom themselves. If their antennae are dirty, they can't smell their food sources, detect dangers, and find mates. So, they keep their antennae clean by pulling them into their mouths and "licking" them clean. However, they are believed to carry and spread certain serious disease as well, so to be safe, rather throw out any food that came into contact with cockroaches.
Can cockroaches cause allergic reactions?
They can, however, produce allergic reactions in certain people. The cause of the allergic reaction is certain proteins cockroaches produce, as well as trails of faeces and decaying molten exoskeletons.
How to get rid of cockroaches in your home
There are a few measures you can take to deter cockroaches in your home. The most effective way is to remove their sources of food, water, and shelter:
- After cooking, clean any food spillage
- Wash all the dishes before going to bed at night
- Dry the washing area in the kitchen thoroughly
- Store all food in tightly sealed containers
- Empty the garbage bin daily
- Fix any leaking taps
- Seal any cracks where cockroaches may gain entry to your home
- Declutter your living spaces to prevent cockroaches from taking shelter in cluttered spaces
If you have a serious infestation, you can set out some cockroach poison which you can buy at any supermarket. If that doesn't take care of the problem, you might need to get the help of a professional pest control service.
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