Where there is food or storage, there is this pest called cockroach that brings us the biggest nuisance regardless of its places.
“We are repulsed when we find uninvited guests in our homes and kitchens.”
Malaysia is known for the American and German cockroaches that come into contact with human excrement in sewers or with pet droppings.
They cause bacterial transmission that cause food poisoning such as Salmonella spp. and Shigella spp. or transmit disease-causing organisms like Staphylococcus spp., Streptococcus spp., hepatitis virus and coliform bacteria. They too implicate the spread of typhoid and dysentery.
Indoor infestations are an important source of allergens that cause the risk of asthma.
Insecticides are most effective in getting rid of cockroaches when combined with sanitation and exclusion practices that limit the cockroach’s ability to establish or reinvade; chemical control alone will not solve the problem.
We use insecticides with extreme care. Indoor chemical control is warranted only if the cockroach population is established, but not for an incidental intruder or two.
For crack and crevice treatments, gel baits can be very effective. Apply gel using a bait gun or syringe in small dabs in cracks and crevices where cockroaches will find it.
While they are fresh, bait gels are very effective when placed in locations where they will be found by cockroaches. To remain effective, however, the gels need to be reapplied frequently.
Bait gels dehydrate in about 3 days when left in open air. Gels are most effective if applied in indoor areas.
TIPS TO PREVENT COCKROACHES
What are the places cockroaches live?
Areas with food, water and dark spaces.
- Keep areas clean and tidy – Clean all surfaces thoroughly to remove any food residue.
- Keep bins covered, clean, and emptied regularly – Clean the top or beneath your refrigerator that are warm and attract cockroaches.
- Proofing and Repair – seal gaps around doors, windows, and where utility lines enter to prevent entry. Also, repair any leaks beneath the sink and on the sink top.