Facing a cockroach infestation in your home? The problem is, cockroaches have a reputation for being indestructible! Well, at least in part. The experts at ServiceMarket have put together 8 great tips to help you to get rid of your unwanted house guests so that you can enjoy your home again. Of course, if you’ve had enough and just want some professionals to solve your cockroach problem, you can easily book cockroach pest control in Dubai now.
1. Give your home a deep clean
Before actual treatment for the cockroaches can be carried out, it is important to give your home a deep clean. Cockroaches’ favourite places are those that are dark and warm, and often damp, so a deep clean is a good start towards reducing these ideal living conditions for these pests, as well as getting rid of any potential food sources.
Cleaning should be focused on:
- Sinks – as well as underneath sinks
- The washing machine – as well as behind it
- The dishwasher – as well as behind it
- Waste bins – as well as the surrounding area
- Underneath pieces of furniture and kitchen cabinets
Everything should be thoroughly disinfected
If you don’t have time to deep clean, or don’t want to do it yourself, you can book a deep cleaning service in Dubai through ServiceMarket to do it for you.
2. Fix all leaks
As mentioned above, cockroaches love damp environments, and they are often a big breeding ground for the pests. Cockroaches can go for long periods without needing food or water, but as long as they have a warm, moist place to live they will thrive. Therefore, it is crucial to have any leaks in your pipes or drainage fixed to eliminate these areas. You can use ServiceMarket to book the right handyman service in Dubai and fix any leaks you might have in your home.
3. Throw away cardboard boxes
You may not know it, but cardboard boxes are actually an ideal place for cockroaches to lay their eggs. If you are able to throw away any cardboard boxes you have in your home, that is best, but if not, you can wrap them in plastic as a method of cockroach control.
4. Put away all food
To reduce food sources available to the roaches, remove all food that’s on top of kitchen counters, and put as much food in the fridge as possible. It is also a good practice to properly clean your kitchen floor at the end of every day to ensure that there are no crumbs left on the floor, available for those pesky cockroaches. The bad news is that roaches can live for many weeks without sources of food and water as long as living conditions are right, so you will need to make sure you maintain this level of cleanliness for 4 months at least.
5. Use a pesticide
Once your home has been cleaned thoroughly, you can cover your entire home with a safe and right pesticide, making sure not to miss warm, dark areas, such as under furniture. You can either do this yourself, using a spray just from the supermarket, or you can hire a professional cockroach pest control service in Dubai. Professionals will be able to use their experience and know-how to ensure a thorough job is done and provide you with the best methods of cockroach control. You should be aware that these pesticide sprays will only work on cockroaches that are already hatched, not on roach eggs. After the pesticide has been used to kill the cockroaches, you need to make sure that you continue to keep your house extremely clean for another 4 months, and you can put down a poison gel in any areas favoured by cockroaches to catch any of those survivors the pesticide may have missed.
6. Use cockroach powder
You can also use cockroach powder on any points of entry to your home to prevent other cockroaches from entering your property. This includes outer doors, windows, and balconies.
7. Leave a light on
Since cockroaches like the dark, leaving a light/s on for about 3 days will play havoc with their normal scavenging and living patterns and they will find your home unbearable to live in.
8. Keep your home cool
It is also good to keep your home as cold as you can bear. Cockroaches thrive in warm environments and so making your home bright and cold may just make the roaches leave your property.
Once you have managed to get rid of the cockroaches from your home, it is vital that you keep your home super clean to prevent another roach control problem. For a cockroach pest control service in Dubai, or any other service you might need to help combat those pests, turn to ServiceMarket to book the right service.