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How to get rid of cockroaches

Cockroaches’ presence in business environment poses a real threat of food contamination, damage to stored items and business reputation. Additionally, the health hazards associated with this disease-spreading pest are a real concern for homeowners too.

If you have identified a cockroach problem in your home or business, professional cockroach control service can provide an effective solution for this unwanted pest. Professionals know the best control solutions to combat cockroach infestations and help reduce the risk of re-infestation.

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1. Identify your pest

A distinct, unpleasant smell is probably one of the most obvious giveaway signs of cockroach presence. Cockroaches leave behind a distinctive smell on surfaces they come into contact with.

A cockroach infestation has to be quickly identified and ascertained to ensure that it does not get out of control. Cockroaches are considered pests because of the dangers they pose.

Cockroaches can slip through cracks and crevices because their bodies are flat. They are likely to emerge from their hiding place at the same time every day, usually at night.

Knowing the signs of cockroaches includes spotting cockroach droppings, usually tiny black or brown cylindrical pellets less than 2mm long. They're usually found on horizontal surfaces such as floors or shelves.

A cockroach can fly from the outside to indoor areas easily even for high-rise buildings. Correct identification helps to protect against potential cockroach risks and get ready measures in place to keep these pests away.

2. Choose your method

DIY or Professional?

When it comes to getting rid of cockroaches, you have two basic options: DIY or hire a professional.

The DIY option explores ways on what you can do to help prevent a cockroach infestation. There are some easy and good housekeeping tips you can practice at home or at work.

The professional option requires you to find your local pest control company in Sri Lanka to get rid of cockroach problem for you. Expert advices by trained pest specialists help you to understand control methods best suited for each individual pest biology.

DIY cockroach control options

If you decide to control a cockroach problem on your own, you have a few basic and low-cost options available.

You could buy some cockroach poison and baits to put at possible locations you think cockroaches may emerge from. As we do not know which is the best cockroach poison or bait to buy and use, trial and error is the only method

In Sri Lanka, popular DIY sprays can be bought off the shelves. Yet health and safety could be compromised i.e. Incorrect usage or accidental contact of eyes with the spray chemicals.

There are still some simple practical tips of use to keep the cockroach pest away:

  1. Close Food Containers tightly - Store all food supplies in airtight containers or in refrigerator.
  2. Fix Leaky Pipes - Fix any leaking taps and wipe away any spills especially in the kitchen to remove potential food sources.
  3. Fix Cracks - Seal all cracks and crevices and remove any bulky items from the ground which can be potentially a breeding ground for cockroaches.
  4. Good Sanitation - Sanitation is not only an effort to create a healthy condition by maintaining and protecting the environment keep clean, yet it also one of the effective way of cockroach prevention that you can do yourself at home. Don't forget to always check and clean hard to reach areas such as behind cupboards or refrigerator to prevent the start of breeding..

DIY solutions and some basic houskeeping duties may help to prevent a cockroach infestation from happening yet DIY cannot guarantee complete removal of a pest problem.

DIY often takes a longer time, giving cockroaches already living in the time and chance to reproduce quickly, leaving you with a bigger problem.

Benefits of a professional cockroach control

How to get rid of cockroaches in your home

Carrying potential health risks and a sure threat to public health, cockroaches become a more challenging pest to deal with. Known to transmit diseasees such as salmonella enteritis, dysentry and gastroenteritis, cockroaches cause food poisoning symptoms such as fever, abdominal cramps, diarrhoea and nausea.

Cockroaches may also stain surfaces or dirty fabrics that they come across. Cockroach egg casess (oothecae) are found in hiding places such as cupboards, drawers and fittings. Learning how to identify hiding areas in home can help owners to be more alert and prudent in their housekeeping.

Cockroach control in home require the use of residual spray, gel and baits placed strategically. These residual spray. gel and baits are professional products best handled by pest control specialists.

How to get rid of cockroaches in your business

A cockroach infestation could potentially place businesses in trouble with local health authorities, especially for food businesses and retailing. All these while risking reputation damages and financial losses.

Cockroaches reproduce fast whereby nymph matures into a full grown adult in less than 6 weeks. Thus a cockroach problem could turn into a worrying matter.

With cases of F&B business outlet being ordered to close down due to a severe cockroach infestation, consumers' faith in the brand can be dealt with negatively. The health and safety of your staff and customers are also put at risk inherently.

By putting health and safety top priority before anything, businesses should engage professional cockroach control in place. Build a partnership with a reliable pest control company in Sri Lanka to protect your employess and customers from risks from the pest cockroach. Create a safe and cosy working environment.

How to choose your pest control professional

To find the right professional pest control company, you need to ensure the entire organization, as well as the pest control technicians are able to fulfill key criteria.

You should expect the same level of competence and duty of care as provided by any other professional service provider.

A good pest partner should be able to anticipate and answer all your health and safety concerns. Services and treatments should be tailored to suit your needs as much as possible.

Crucially a professional should also respect your home, property or business site and operate with the greatest care and attention. He or she should be able to voice any challenges or restrictions right from the start. Equally, as a customer, you should always feel able to voice any concerns and ask as many questions as you need to.

Key criteria for selection:

  1. Certifications - licenses and certifications will demonstrate that your treatments are carried out to the highest industry standard practices.
  2. Personal recommendations - even today, word-of-mouth and personal recommendations can be more powerful than a company’s own word. Speak to neighbors, peers, friends or family to find out about customer satisfaction.
  3. Transparency - complete honesty and transparency early-on regarding the cost, level and duration of treatment required will help you see if the company is reliable.
  4. Expertise & experience - a well established, recognized company can offer a peace of mind in the services provided and its relationship with customers.

Why use Rentokil

With Rentokil Pest Control, you can be assured of complete pest protection.

Our focus on control solutions will ensure complete removal of your pest problem. At the same time, our approach to pest protection will help your home or business remain pest-free long-term.

We have been providing pest control services globally to both homes and businesses for more than 90 years, our expertise in the industry should reassure you of the quality of our service and our expertly trained pest control technicians.

  • We tailor our products to target pests by species.
  • We customize our solutions based on the uniqueness of your home, building or business premises - recognizing that every pest problem is different.
  • We use advanced solutions approved by industry governing bodies - helping to ensure reliability and success.
  • Our large network of entomologists and field biologists support the services and products used by our technicians on-site.

3. Take action

Contact Rentokil today to get rid of your cockroach problem and eliminate any stress or pest concerns you have in your home or business.

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Practical steps and tips on how to prevent cockroaches infesting your property