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Cockroaches are hazardous, nasty creatures. As scavengers, cockroaches invade people’s homes in search of food and leave a mess behind them. Even after hiring a professional pest removal technician, you may continue to smell a foul odour in your home. How do you get rid of it? Luckily, all you need is some determination and elbow grease to get this job done. If you have a cockroach problem, or you need some cleaning services, give Cockroach Control Toronto a call.
Cockroaches release a scent to communicate with each other. These chemicals, called cuticular hydrocarbons, send messages about food, shelter, and reproduction. The hydrocarbons are spread across their bodies and their smell can linger for a long time, even after the cockroaches have been eliminated. This is because those chemicals can also be found in the cockroaches’ feces and shed skins. The smell can be described as musty, oily, and pungent. It usually takes a large infestation to detect the smell. Smelling the odour can help indicate where the cockroaches were hiding and guide you in the right direction when starting a cleanup.
Cockroaches leave excrement everywhere they go. Wherever they were hiding or traveling, you can find feces. When looking for feces, check the backs of countertops, look behind appliances, and look inside the kitchen cabinets and drawers. Pull your fridge and stove back to look underneath them. You may also find cockroach droppings on the tops of cupboards, so bring out a step ladder if you need it. Cockroach feces are very small and dark speckles of brown or black. A single dropping is hard to see, but you will see clusters of feces in the form of speckles in any areas where the cockroaches frequently liked to hide. Using a flashlight can help you see these better.
To get rid of the smell, you should first use a vacuum cleaner. Start at the highest point of the infested room, such as the tops of the kitchen cabinets, and work your way down. Run the vacuum along all the surfaces you found to be stained with feces. Once you’re done vacuuming, immediately dispose of the bag. Next, you should clean and disinfect the areas that were stained. Use a disinfecting spray and let it stand on the stained surfaces for 10 minutes. Then, wipe the surfaces dry. Make sure you wear disposable gloves. For tougher stains, you may want to scrub them down with soap and water as well, then repeat the disinfecting process.
Not only will cleaning the home get rid of the lingering smell of cockroaches, but it will encourage them not to come back into your living space. For tough jobs, you may need professional help. Our cleaning services at The Exterminators Inc. are safe and effective for any environment. We use hospital-grade and non-toxic products to remove the smell of cockroaches in the safest way possible. Ask Pest Control Toronto. about our cleaning and disinfecting services.