Cockroaches are an eyesore but also pose a serious risk to human health. These insects carry bacteria and poison food, eating utensils and food preparation surfaces. Roaches also moult or shed their exoskeleton and excrete. These antigens can trigger asthma or allergies when inhaled. Hire a pest control company that provides a warranty for at least 6 months. You should be able to tell whether the job was successful by the end of 6 months and not have to go out of pocket in the unlikely event that the procedure did not work.
How to Manage Cockroach Infestation Effectively
Roaches in Toronto invade houses, restaurants and other buildings so effective management is paramount. The steps apply to most buildings and infestation.
Inspection: inspection is necessary to gather information which you can use to decide the best course of action. You need to find out where the roaches are hiding, what they are eating and the extent of the infestation. Cockroaches are difficult pests to eliminate and often require multiple methods of control. Inspection is the only way to decide which option(s) will be the most effective.
Exclusion: exclusion simply means preventing new roaches from getting into the house and restricting the movement of the existing infestation. You need to seal all possible entry points and hiding places discovered during the inspection. Seal gaps, cracks and crevices with silicon.
Sanitation: ideally, you should remove all sources of food and water that are allowing the infestation to thrive. This step not only controls the growth of the colony but also allows the pesticide to work effectively. Remove all traces of moisture, grease, dirt and food as much as possible.
Apply Pesticide: finally, apply insecticide and follow the manufacturer’s directions to the letter. You may use residual insecticide, dust insecticides, baits, growth regulators and sprays or some combination of these. Pay special attention to areas where the roaches hide and where they forage often.
Hire a Professional Pest Control Company
DIY cockroach extermination is almost always unsuccessful because you need a specialized knowledge of how to inspect, exclude, sanitize and exterminate. You may also need special equipment to reach gaps, crevices and cracks to inspect or treat the infestation. Also, Canada has strict pesticide regulations so you can’t get your hands on the concentrated insecticides that professionals use.
A professional cockroach exterminator in Toronto can guarantee successful and permanent extermination. He will also help you to seal up your home effectively to prevent the roaches from coming back.