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DEALING WITH COCKROACHES

Cockroach Infestations

by Greg Lennox

How to deal with an infestation situation 

Cockroaches are known to scare children and reduce big men to tears - especially those big ones. 

And when they fly at you.....?

 Here we'll talk a little bit about when the problem goes beyond a couple of odd cockroaches to an infestation and what you should do when this occurs.

1. How Cockroaches Get In

If you have a cockroach infestation, you are not alone.

Cockroaches can be found infesting everything from homes to restaurants to ships and planes. 

They may follow water pipes and electrical lines through walls from one room to another and even from one apartment to another.

Some cockroaches usually first get into buildings by riding in boxes, in furniture and in other items brought into the building. 

Others enter through sewers or drains.

2. Where Cockroaches nest

Most cockroaches prefer to rest on wood rather than on metal and other surfaces. That’s why you’ll often find them living in wood cabinets or in cardboard boxes.

German cockroach faecal material contains a pheromone that lets other cockroaches know that the area is a good place for harbourage. 

Large numbers of cockroaches may congregate in areas where faecal material has accumulated.

3. Preventing infestations

Good sanitation helps put stress on a cockroach population by giving them less to feed on and thus making them more susceptible to treatments and baits.
Vacuuming may be used in some cases to provide immediate reduction in the number of cockroaches.
A variety of home methods may then be used to provide cockroach treatment, including blocking cracks and crevices with caulking or silicone.

But - if nothing seems to be working...

4. Call a Professional

Boss Pest licenced technicians begin by inspecting and treating available hiding places in which cockroaches might live. This includes electric motors, electronic equipment, false ceilings, wall voids and accessible cracks and voids, using multiple application methods - such as dusting, spraying and applying gel baits.
A variety of repellant and non repellent chemicals are used - some that kill on contact and others that are taken unknowingly by the insect back to their nest.

5. What you can do to help the Pest professionals do their job?

When professionals are in your home or commercial premises, dishes and food items should be removed from shelving before treating for cockroaches. Pet bowls should be removed and fish tanks and bird cages covered.

6. How often should my place be treated ?

Homes should be retreated every 6 to 12 months
Commercial premises such as restaurants should be treated at least every 3 months.
of course Boss Pest Management offers varying warranties for their treatment of cockroaches - namely up to 12 months on most residential premises and up to 3 months for commercial premises.

The Boss Pest online booking system will automatically book the next appointment and contact you to arrange the best time.  

4. Proper placement of mouse traps is critical.

Place the traps perpendicular to the walls, with the trigger section facing the baseboard. This causes the mouse to run directly into the bait as it naturally scurries along the walls, instead of running over the trap from the wrong direction, triggering it prematurely. Mice don't travel more than 10 or 20 feet from food sources and nesting areas (i.e., their territory), so place the traps anywhere you see mice or signs of mice, such as rodent droppings or "rubbings" on baseboards and walls. Change trap locations every two days or so. Mice are naturally curious so they won't avoid traps like rats will.

7. Keeping your home clean- in and out.

Remove debris around your home where mice can hide. Keep weeds to a minimum and destroy burrows and nesting areas as you find them. Lining your home's foundation with a strip of heavy gravel is a good way to prevent nesting and burrowing. The less debris and clutter around your home and property, the easier it is to spot signs of rodent activity and stop mice dead in their tracks.

8. Cats vs Mice.

Many cats love to hunt mice. Some dogs will even get in on the fun. If you have pets, they might be the best way to catch a mouse without lifting a finger. If you don't have pets, now may be a good time to own one in real life. Many farms use farm or barn cats to control their mouse population.

9. Owls

Only kidding. If by this stage you are still having trouble getting rid of those pesky mice, time to call in a professional.
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