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Cleaning in the summertime: keep cockroaches out during pest season

This selection of canny cleaning tips will help prevent a cockroach infestation in your home this summer. Read on to find out how to get rid of cockroaches.


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Just about everybody finds the sight of a cockroach unnerving, but it’s even worse when you spot the nasty critters in your home. Where you find one cockroach, you often find more, and during the summer months, these hardy critters love to take up residence in our homes.

If left unchecked, they will breed at alarming rates and soon you could be facing a rather big infestation. Luckily, there are steps you can take to get rid of them. Read on for our top tips on cockroach control and learn how to get rid of cockroaches, fast. 

Get rid of cockroaches this summer 

One of the best things about our South African climate is that it attracts a wide range of wildlife, but unfortunately it’s not all pretty to look at – and the cockroach is among the ugliest of the lot.

According to pest control experts Alcock Services Group, German and American roaches are the two main types you’ll find in South African homes. The former is smaller and more difficult to locate and exterminate, while the latter’s large size and disconcerting flight capabilities make them equally tricky customers.

Summertime, when these pests breed, is when you have to be most prepared to undertake cockroach control methods in your home.

Do I have a cockroach problem? 

Before you can tackle a roach problem, you need to work out if you have one. Even if your home seems relatively roach-free (aside from the odd intruder who enters through an open window), it still pays to keep an eye out for signs of an infestation.

If you spot any of the following signs, then it may be time to begin implementing cockroach control techniques:

  • Repeated roach sightings inside your home

  • Shed skin or egg cases

  • Cockroach droppings – these might look like coffee grounds

  • An unpleasant musty odour

Roaches are attracted to strong food smells, the best way to discourage them from infesting your home is to get serious about kitchen hygiene. Use cleaning products like Handy Andy and pay extra attention to the nooks and crannies roaches love to hide in.

Getting rid of a cockroach problem

Getting rid of cockroaches is easiest if you spot the problem early, before they have chance to breed. The key to making sure roaches aren’t overly tempted to use your place as their lodgings is to keep everything clean and tidy. Roaches love clutter and mess in which they can hide, so pay extra attention to areas that you might not normally reach when giving your home a quick clean. Nooks and crannies behind kitchen cupboards are popular hiding places for cockroaches.

If while cleaning you spot the signs of an infestation, then don’t panic. Getting rid of cockroaches that are already living in your home isn’t too difficult if you call in professional experts who can help remove them from your home.

Once you’ve eliminated the initial infestation, methods to prevent their return include the following.

  1. Get strict on cleanliness in the kitchen

    This means never leaving dirty dishes in the sink, always cleaning up spillages or stray crumbs immediately, and using a product such as Handy Andy to keep things spick and span.

  2. De-clutter your cupboards

    De-clutter the inside of your cupboards and keep them clean, so they won’t be as attractive a hiding place to roaches.

  3. Don’t leave any food out

    Use plastic containers with lids, or put things in the fridge.

  4. Mop

    Mop the floor regularly

  5. Remove any debris from outside

    Move any debris you might have lying around outside in the yard away from your home. Cockroaches love hiding in piles of wood, straw and grass clippings.

  6. Find any water leaks in your home and fix them

    As hardy as cockroaches are, they can’t survive long without a water source, so they’ll be discouraged if they can’t find one.

  7. Fill up any cracks

    Seal up the exterior of your home to stop the, from getting inside. Fill up any cracks you can see inside the house as well.

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That’s it! Just follow these simple steps for a blissfully roach-free summer.

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