Apart from being one of the most common pests found in Singapore, cockroaches are also one of the most stubborn and tenacious. Their larger-than-average suite of genes allow them to survive even the most unfavourable environments, they can even metabolise nasty and toxic substances. Thus, it’s no wonder why getting rid of these pesky pests can be cumbersome and infuriating.
These pesky insects are a nuisance to our daily lives; they not only snack on foods that were left unattended, they also damage properties and leave their excrement as souvenirs. These cockroaches also pose health threats as they act as hosts to several pathogens, spreading them in homes and premises. The debris created by cast-off cockroach skin, droppings and dead bodies can exacerbate allergies, especially amongst children and sensitive individuals.
Often leaving an offensive odour, discovering these pests are not hard, especially if in enclosed areas. Since they are nocturnal insects, you most likely won’t see them in the day. If you did, it might mean they were likely forced out by overcrowding; a possible sign of infestation.
American Cockroach – (Periplaneta Americana)
German Cockroach – (Blatella Germanica)
Oriental Cockroach – (Blatta Orientalis)
Sign of infestation
There are several signs that hint at a cockroach infestation, one of it is the presence of shell casings left by these pesky pests. These egg cases may appear as small dark brown oval-shaped casings and are often left by recently hatched cockroaches.
Another sign of a possible infestation is the presence of cockroach specks. These dark coloured specks may appear like grains of ground pepper, and are actually faecal pellets and regurgitated food matter.
Infested areas often emit a very strong odour, and will only become more pungent the larger their numbers.
How to get rid of this?
Many blame cockroach problems on poor housekeeping, and whilst this may hold a certain semblance of truth, cockroaches may also enter the home from the outside environment. These insects can easily hitch a ride on infested items that are brought inside the home, or enter through sewer pipes or drains. Some cockroaches can simply fly into your premises!
Whilst maintaining good housekeeping practices is one preventive method, employing expert and quality services is your best bet at keeping the situation under control. Some of these services include the following:
- Gel Baits
These gel baits are usually applied in the cracks and crevices where you see evidence of activity. This treatment works by enticing cockroaches to eat the gel bait, consuming the insecticide contained within.
- Cockroach Baits
Cockroaches are omnivorous scavengers that devour keratin – this means they eat other animals, both living and dead. They are not averse to eating their own kind as well! As such, when a cockroach dies from consuming a bait, this will attract other roaches to feed on it, which will effectively kill them. Those that eat the faecal matter of the poisoned cockroach will also receive similar fate, thus effectively curbing their population.
- Insecticide Residual Spray
This is a treatment wherein the residual insecticide will continue to remain and persist for several hours to several weeks. The water-based solution is sprayed to possible harbourage areas such as bin chutes and gully trap.
- Bin Chutes Fogging
One of the most prominent places that provide the optimal breeding playground for these insects is bin chutes. This poses a tremendous potential threat as it increases the likelihood of these pests invading the homes. Regular fogging bin chutes will effectively rid these cockroaches, and control and curb its population, especially if the correct preparation and methodology are incorporated.