One of the most common household pests to become more active in the spring is the cockroach.
The cockroach’s reputation for being “dirty” may well be justified. They are carriers of allergens that spread to us and our homes via their waste and decomposing bodies which become part of household dust. So yes, they’re pretty disgusting little critters!
None of this is good news for hay-fever sufferers, as these allergens exacerbate hay-fever symptoms such as itchy eyes, sneezing, wheezing and skin rashes. There are also links with acute asthma attacks.
How can I minimise risk of cockroach infection in my home?
- Keep your home as clean as possible – remove all rubbish
- Avoid leaving dirty dishes in your sink
- Keep all food in sealed containers
- Avoid leaving pet food lying around
- Seal as many gaps around the home as possible
- ‘Spring clean’ all the nasty, hard-to-reach areas in your home, including beneath sinks, behind cupboards and refrigerators, etc.
What do I do if I have a cockroach infestation?
Because cockroaches are such shy creatures, it can be difficult to know if you have a major problem. But we can tell you that for every single cockroach you see, there will be many more lurking away from sight.
DIY treatments are unlikely to provide effective treatment for the cockroach, which is one of nature’s most resilient pests.
So if you suspect you have a problem, contact SOS Pest Control for an assessment and treatment plan to keep your home and family cockroach-free.
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