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When you live in an apartment, a cockroach infestation can seem like a never ending experience. Even if you do all you can to prevent an infestation, it may seem ineffective if others in your apartment have an issue. If even one person in your building has a cockroach problem, it is likely that everyone in the building will deal with the very same problem. Fortunately, there are some cockroach control methods to use to prevent cockroaches from infesting your apartment.
Identify the Species
First, you must know which species of cockroach you are dealing with, and most likely it is the German cockroach. The German cockroach prefers the indoors, which makes apartment buildings seem like a haven. They are between a half-inch to an inch in length and a light brown or tan color.
If you happen to spot a cockroach in your apartment that matches this description, you will have successfully identified your unwelcomed guest. Make sure you call an exterminator immediately upon seeing a live cockroach in your apartment. A professional is the best way to rid your space of these unwanted invaders.
Keep it Clean
Aside from hiring an exterminator, you will need to make sure you keep your apartment clean. Cockroaches seek out an ample source of food and water. Dirty dishes left in the sink, food on the counter, and garbage left in trash cans are all considered a food and water source. Keep your space as clean as possible to limit their food and water source.
Wash dishes as soon as you finish eating. Make it a point to clean of the counters thoroughly when you prepare food. You should also sweep and mop frequently so there are no crumbs of food on your floors. Take out the trash as soon as the garbage bag is full enough to do so, too. If you do all of this, you can lessen the chances of a cockroach infestation in your apartment.
Seal it Up
Also, make sure you seal up your apartment tightly. Fill any cracks and crevices with expandable foam so that cockroaches do not have an entry point into your apartment. Keep in mind that cockroaches are slim-bodied, meaning they can fit into the tightest of openings. Search your apartment carefully for any entry points they might be using to invade.
You may often find cockroaches crawling in and out of electrical outlets, too. Use plug covers to seal the outlets so they do not gain access to your apartment. Sealing up your apartment also minimizes the chances of an infestation. Of course, you will still need to hire a professional exterminator for help.
Calling an exterminator is the most recommended way to rid your apartment of cockroaches. The exterminator will have to handle the entire apartment building rather than just your apartment. Curing the infestation in one apartment will not kill the entire colony of cockroaches. Contact a professional exterminator for help at the first sign of infestation. Call us at 647-496-2211 if you need help.