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How to Get Rid of Cockroaches

Updated: Sep 24, 2019

Of all the unwelcome pests we have to deal with, probably nothing is quite as unpleasant as roaches. If you have them, you want to get rid of the roaches - and fast.

Switch on a light in a kitchen, in a basement, in an office and watch them scuttle away. And this isn’t confined to urban dwellings either. Cockroaches can be found virtually anywhere: homes, stores, hospitals, detention facilities, dorm rooms, churches can all suffer from roach infestation. The list is endless.

However, the biggest problem with roaches ‒ apart from having them in the first place ‒ is getting rid of them. Once they invade a space they’re notoriously difficult to get rid of.

It doesn’t help that cockroaches are as tough and resilient as they are. Whether or not they can actually survive a nuclear blast (which some say they can) they breed very quickly and can live on almost any kind of food. In fact, they’ll eat each other if they have to, which shows you how powerful their survival instincts are.  

Health Threats of Roaches

But roaches aren’t just an unsightly nuisance ‒ munching on your food, damaging wallpaper, dirtying books etc. ‒ they also pose a public health threat.  They are known to be carriers of diseases such as salmonella, dysentery and gastroenteritis and can easily spread pathogens by tainting food, sullying appliances, and soiling surfaces in the home or the office. There have even been suggestions that roach droppings are linked to increases in eczema and asthma.

How Do You Know if You Have Roaches?

As any city dweller will tell you (correctly, as it turns out) that roaches are usually more active at night. During the day they will hide wherever they are safest‒ in cracks and crevices, in walls, under stoves, etc.

There over more 3,500 different species of cockroaches worldwide. However, here is the US we generally encounter only four: the American, the brown-banded, the German, and the Oriental.