Cockroaches have proven to be a huge problem in many homes and apartments. They have the ability to produce thousands of offspring each year, they can survive for a long time without food and can even recover after being under water for up to half an hour. They also spread diseases like dysentery and salmonella and are known to cause allergies and even asthma. Its with good reason, then, that we want to do everything we can to control this kind of pest.

So, what can you do to prevent cockroaches becoming a problem? Cockroaches love dirty environments with a lot of moisture. Give the kitchen a regular thorough cleaning, this should include kitchen cabinets, the oven, under the sink and underneath and behind appliances such as the refrigerator and dishwasher. Its not just the kitchen that cockroaches can be found. Keep the bathroom clean and as dry as possible. Crawlspaces are another area you might find them.

Never leave food out over night and keep food in tightly sealed containers. This would also include the trash can and pet food etc. Cockroaches avoid lit up places so, at night, keep the lights on.

Repair any areas where cockroaches might take shelter. This would include areas that permit moisture to enter like leaking pipes and dripping taps. Its also a good idea to check for points of entry and seal them.

While you would need to have the home treated for cockroach infestation first, placing boric acid in areas where you observe signs of them the most, can help to keep cockroaches under control. If the problem gets too bad, however, it would be best to call in a professional pest control company who can give you some advice.

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