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Disinsection against cockroaches

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Despite the high level of urban infrastructure, the presence of cockroaches and other pests in apartments remains quite common. No matter how carefully we monitor the cleanliness of our home, sooner or later we may encounter the appearance of parasites in our abode. Many people try to cope with this problem on their own, but a lack of knowledge and experience often prevents them from achieving positive results, and all efforts have to be wasted. Some people simply don’t know how to effectively control pests.

The appearance of cockroaches in the apartment

Most species of cockroaches have a similar structure, and in our apartments we probably encounter only three varieties of these pests.

Characteristics of the structure of cockroaches:
The body of cockroaches is elongated, flat, oval in shape. They have long mustaches on their heads, similar in function to antennas. With their help, cockroaches communicate with each other and can sense danger. In some species of cockroaches, vision may be atrophied, in which case the whiskers perform the function of vision.
The feet of cockroaches are very strong and cling well to surfaces due to the presence of spines. This feature of the legs also ensures high speed of movement of cockroaches.
These pests have developed a powerful jaw apparatus and many sharp teeth in the stomach, which allows them to feed on a wide variety of foods.
Fun fact: Cockroaches can live up to 9 days without their heads. This is due to the presence of many nerve nodes and breathing holes on the body of cockroaches. In this case, the head is needed only for eating, and without it, insects quickly die from hunger or dehydration.
Cockroaches are unique parasites, exhibiting outstanding tenacity and the ability to adapt to a variety of conditions. This complicates the task of combating and eliminating them.

How do cockroaches live?

When starting the process of exterminating cockroaches in an apartment, it is important to take into account several features of these pests. Hardy parasites multiply quickly, and in a year their population can increase tens or even hundreds of times.

The development cycle of cockroaches is similar to that of other insects and includes three stages: egg, nymph and adult insect. It is important to remember that not all drugs for killing cockroaches have an effect on the eggs and larvae of pests.
Cockroaches have a long lifespan. For example, a red cockroach can live up to 1,5 years, during which time it manages to actively reproduce. Insects are not fastidious, but cannot tolerate extremely low temperatures and cannot survive without water.

If you are planning to exterminate cockroaches in an apartment, remember that a pest can live without food for a whole month, while without water it can live no more than a week. Along with other methods, denying insects access to water will speed up the process of getting rid of parasites.

How cockroaches can harm humans

Prompt extermination of cockroaches in an apartment plays a key role. Let's look at why this is so important.

The harm that cockroaches can cause to humans includes:

  • Product spoilage;

  • Damage to property;
  • Spread of diseases, bacteria and helminths;
  • Damage to household appliances;
  • Allergic reactions to waste products of cockroaches and their chitinous shells;
  • In rare cases, an attack on a person.

This is just a small list of problems that can arise due to the presence of cockroaches, highlighting the urgency of their eradication. If you cannot cope with this problem on your own, it is recommended to seek help from professionals.

Folk remedies for fighting cockroaches

Most folk remedies are not aimed at the complete destruction of cockroaches, but at repelling them. This approach is based on the fact that cockroaches do not tolerate strong odors. For effective and complete destruction of cockroaches, it is recommended to use boric acid.

Traditional methods of protection against cockroaches include:

  • Ammonia and vinegar added when wet cleaning or spraying from a spray bottle.
  • Kerosene.
  • Essential oils of wormwood, tea tree, chamomile, etc., added to the aroma lamp or water when cleaning.

  • Dried and fresh plants with a strong aroma, such as mint, wormwood, chamomile, etc., laid out around the apartment.
  • Boric acid, which can be used in powder form, scattered in places where cockroaches accumulate, or by preparing poisonous baits.
  • Household insecticides such as aerosols, gels and crayons for do-it-yourself use.
  • Traps that can be made independently or purchased ready-made.
  • Ultrasonic repellers that are not capable of killing cockroaches, but successfully repel them.

When fighting cockroaches on your own, it is recommended to use all these methods in combination, especially if the number of parasites in the home is small.

Professional methods of disinfection and disinsection

Premises disinfection specialists use various methods to kill cockroaches. Among the most common methods are:

  • Liquid insecticides, aerosols and gels: These easy-to-use products are low-toxic and have been successfully used to kill cockroaches.
  • Hot fog: This professional method ensures the complete destruction of adult cockroaches, as well as their eggs and larvae. The generator heats the drugs and sprays them in the form of microscopic particles, creating a hot mist. These particles penetrate into the most difficult to reach areas, providing effective destruction and preventing re-infestation.

  • Cold fog method: Works on the same principle as hot fog, but creates larger particles. This method is effective for small insect infestations in small spaces.

When carrying out professional disinfestation, preparations that are safe for humans and pets are used. These products are effective against eggs and larvae of pests, providing reliable protection against cockroaches after treating the premises.

Prevention and preparation of the premises for treatment

To ensure a guaranteed result when treating the room, you should carefully prepare by following these instructions:

  • Carry out a thorough general cleaning, wash the floors and all surfaces.
  • Remove food and dishes from tables, and put personal items in closets.
  • Move furniture away from the walls and into the center of the room.
  • Cover household appliances, computers, printers, etc. with thick film.
  • If you have an aquarium, ensure the safety of its inhabitants: close the aquarium lid tightly and unplug the filter.
  • During the treatment procedure, temporarily remove children and pets from the home. Close windows and doors tightly.

Following all instructions from specialists will ensure the effectiveness and safety of the processing process.

The apartment is finished: what next?

So, the disinfection of your premises has been completed. After this, specialists will provide you with specific recommendations for preventing re-infection and safe behavior after treatment.

Actions after disinfection of premises:

  • Do not enter the apartment for several hours after completion of work.
  • Upon return, open all windows and ventilate the room for two hours.

  • Perform wet cleaning, removing any remaining product from surfaces. However, avoid contact with baseboards and other hard-to-reach areas; they can be washed in a few weeks.
  • Only after completing these steps will all residents be able to return to the apartment. By following the recommendations, insects will no longer pose a threat.

Prevention of reinfection

So, you have used the services of professional cockroach extermination, the work is completed, and the insects are gone. How to prevent re-infestation by insects?

Measures to prevent new infections:

  • Regularly keep your premises clean, wet clean floors, plumbing fixtures and surfaces, especially in public areas.

  • Do not leave leftover food on the table, wash dishes immediately after eating.
  • Garbage must be disposed of daily, avoiding its prolonged stay in the house.
  • Carefully monitor the condition of the plumbing. If problems arise (leaks, breakdowns), fix them immediately.

In a clean room, cockroaches will have nothing to find, and they will not be interested in your home.

Why Cockroaches Are So Hard To Kill

F.A.Q.

What is the cost of complete disinfection against cockroaches?

Prices for treating premises can vary significantly, depending on factors such as the area of ​​the premises, the degree of contamination, its purpose (residential or non-residential), the number of cockroaches and other parameters. Also, prices may vary depending on the chosen treatment method (aerosols, gels, fumigation, cold or hot fog).

How does the behavior of cockroaches change after disinfestation?

Within a few hours after the treatment, cockroaches begin to die. However, the drugs used by professionals have a long-lasting effect, and not all individuals die at the same time. Over the next few days, you will notice a significant decrease in their numbers, and after a couple of weeks there will be no insects left in the room.

How long should you avoid staying in an apartment after treatment for cockroaches?

The preparations used for disinfestation (cold and hot fog, as well as other methods) belong to a low toxicity class. This means that they are generally safe for humans and pets. However, it is recommended to wait two to three hours before returning to the apartment after treatment and to ventilate the area upon return.

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