There are many species of cockroaches in and around your home depending on where you live and what type of weather conditions you have. If you live in an area that is prone to hot weather then you will know what I mean. Cockroaches will live in wet areas of your home such as your kitchen, laundry room and bathrooms. They will only be active at night when you are sleeping in search of food or water.
The best way to eradicate cockroaches from your home is using a professional pest controller who uses a gel bait product that will be applied to all your wet areas. The gel baits are the best way in controlling cockroaches as they will take the bait back to their nesting sites and wipe out the colony.
If you find that you have small cockroaches that are everywhere then a call back will be required to top up the gel bait that has already been eaten. Pest controllers use to just spray an insecticide or use a white dust which obviously leaves a mess behind and can be dangerous for kids being exposed.
Another good tip for treating your home of cockroaches is by sucking them out using your vacuum cleaner before your pest controller comes to treat. This will help keeping the number of cockroaches down and help in eradicating them for good.
It is also good practise to fix any leaking taps in and around your home and wipe up any water droplets in your sinks as the cockroaches will need to move out to find a water source. There are also DIY gel baits you can buy yourself but these types of gel baits are not as good as your pest controllers gel bait he or she uses.
If you are unsure that you have cockroaches simply grab a torch and look up under your sinks. If you see small black sand particles which are cockroach droppings then you will definitely have cockroaches hiding around somewhere. If you see larger cockroaches then they are a lot easier to control by just using safe insecticides being sprayed on all areas in your home including kick boards, drains, cracks and crevices.
The insecticide should last for more then 12 months and you should see dead cockroaches lying around, this means the barrier treatment is doing its job. Try not to clean those areas that were treated just dry sweeping is recommended.