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Do pigeons deserve their bad reputation?

By |December 22nd, 2020|

Known by many as ‘rats with wings’, pigeons are one of the most unloved birds around. While some of us simply don’t like their presence because of their reputation for being dirty, others have a genuine phobia of them (peristerophobia).

Do pigeons really deserve their bad reputation however?

They carry more diseases than rats

Did you know that pigeons are the most unhygienic and messy of all the birds and they carry more harmful diseases to humans than rats do? One of the reasons for this is because they nest on their droppings which naturally, attracts mites. As a result, nearly all pigeons carry bird mite – a tiny insect which feeds off the bird and can cause humans to itch and scratch.

Bird fouling attracts insects

Pigeon fouling and nest materials also provide a home for many other insects including clothes moths, carpet beetle, fleas, flies and mealworm beetle which is why it can be such a nuisance to have them loitering around your home or business premises.

They can damage buildings

The uric acid present in pigeon faeces is highly corrosive and can cause extensive damage to metals and other materials it sits on for long periods of time. Furthermore, debris from flocks of pigeons often build up, backing up gutters and drains which can cause flooding and roof damage.

Nesting materials have also been known to cause faults in machinery, especially rooftop air conditioning units which are a prime nesting spot for these birds.

Pigeon droppings can cause accidents

Pigeon droppings can be slippery when wet, causing a slip hazard. This can be particularly problematic for the elderly and if you’re a business owner, you could be held accountable for any injuries sustained on your premises.

The bacteria, fungal agents and ectoparasites found in pigeon droppings can also cause a number of serious diseases including histoplasmosis, encephalitis, salmonella, meningitis, toxoplasmosis and many more.

Clean-up costs can be high

Whether a pigeon problem is affecting your home or business premises, the presence of bird droppings and nesting materials can be messy, unsightly and dangerous. If you don’t want to put people off entering your premises or don’t want to risk damage being caused to your home or building, it’s important for regular cleaning to take place.

This often requires hiring a professional because they have all the proper cleaning products and can access areas which are difficult to reach. If you have a serious pigeon problem, you may have to do this on a regular basis which can become incredibly costly.

If your home or business is suffering from a pigeon infestation, Prokill can help to eliminate the problem by implementing preventative measures such as protective netting and spike systems. We can create a bird-proofing solution that is ideal for your business and its needs.

For more information about our pigeon control services, please feel free to contact your local Prokill expert online or give us a call on 053 9420224 and we will be more than happy to help.

Common Winter Pest Problems

By |November 22nd, 2020|

People often think that pests are less of a problem during the winter months. While we’re unlikely to see wasps flying around or ants crawling over our food, pests are still an issue at this time of year for a number of reasons.

Firstly, there are several troublesome creatures which are still active during the colder months. Secondly, it’s not uncommon for pests to make their way into our homes during the autumn and then hibernate in a quiet corner until spring.

Below we highlight common winter pest problems so you know what to look out for.

Moles

Moles are a nuisance for any gardener. As well as destroying your beautiful lawn and flowerbeds, they don’t hibernate and are therefore active all year round.

You’re more likely to notice moles in winter due to the fact that they work closer to the surface at this time of year. Prokill uses licensed fumigants in accordance to CRRU regulations to effectively control outbreaks.

Think you might have a mole infestation? Here are the signs to look out for and what you can do about it.

Squirrels

While many of us enjoy seeing squirrels while we’re out walking, they can be a nuisance because they like to build nests in warm places such as lofts and chimneys. When they gain access to your house, they can then chew through water pipes and electric cables, causing significant damage and potentially even fires.

There are two types of squirrel in the UK – the native red squirrel and the grey squirrel. Neither hibernate during winter because they don’t have the capacity to store the energy they would need to do so.

Find out what the signs of a squirrel infestation are and how to eradicate the problem quickly and effectively.

Foxes

Not only do you get foxes in winter, they’re at their most vocal at this time of year. While their loud screams can be alarming, they’re simply making these noises because it’s their mating season.

As well as hearing them, you’re also more likely to see a fox during winter because they become braver as they struggle to find their own food. They’re more likely to head to urban areas during the colder months as they search for food and shelter. These creatures are particularly drawn to gardens, compost heaps, bird tables and garden buildings. Find out more about foxes and how to prevent them making your home theirs.

Rabbits

Rabbits are active all year-round and you’re actually more likely to notice them during winter. Like most other creatures at this time, they’re in desperate search of food as supplies become increasingly scarce in nature.

If you have a nice food supply in your garden, rabbits are likely to make themselves at home. They will also be on the lookout for somewhere warm, dry and safe to shelter so you may spot them hiding under thick bushes and trees, by solid fences and anything else potential predators can’t see through.

Find out more about rabbits and how to prevent an infestation.

Rodents

Rats and mice are unfortunately a common winter pest. It’s cold outside which means that their food supply is drying up and they want to head inside where it’s warm and there’s plenty for them to eat.

Although they’re often portrayed as brazen animals, rodents will generally try to avoid human contact. You’re most likely to find them hidden in dark, undisturbed places such as the loft, garage, shed, under floorboards, inside walls and underneath furniture or inside cupboards that aren’t used very often.

Rats and mice can be very destructive and their numbers multiply rapidly so it’s important to deal with infestations quickly.

If you’re concerned that you may have a winter pest infestation, please don’t hesitate to contact us for your free, no obligation quote.

How to deal with winter rodent infestations

By |November 14th, 2020|

There’s good news and bad news about rodents during the winter months. The good news is that as the temperature starts to cool, it signifies the end of their breeding season. The bad news however, is that as the colder air draws in and food supplies dry up, rodents will do anything they can to make their way into our homes, out buildings and office premises.

While they usually make their way back outside once spring arrives, it’s highly unlikely that you want to share your living or workspace with rodents in the meantime. Below we share everything you need to know about dealing with winter infestations.

What are the signs of a rodent infestation?

It’s a good idea to keep an eye out for signs of rats and mice. By keeping on top of this, you can catch rodent infestations before they spiral out of control.

• Droppings
• An unusual odour (similar to urine or a damp, musky smell)
• Holes in materials that weren’t there before
• Nests
• Scratching noises, especially at night
• Gnaw marks on furniture or tracks on the floor or skirting boards
• Footprints. You can test this by sprinkling flour or talcum powder in the areas you think they’re frequenting. It’s better to do this at night because rodents are more likely to venture out when nobody is around
• If your pet is putting its nose inside crevices for longer and more often than usual or they’re suddenly constantly on the hunt for something, it could be because you have rodents in the house

How to keep rodents out of your home

The best way to prevent rats and mice entering your home is to make it as difficult as possible for them. Keep windows and doors closed, fill any potential entry points no matter how small they are and trim branches that hang over your roof. Rats are surprisingly good climbers and can make their way inside through the roof.

It’s also worth checking the less obvious entry points such as behind kitchen cabinets, gaps between windows and doors and around vents and pipes. If you do notice gaps, make sure they’re filled or blocked off.

If you have a cat flap, ensure it’s one where only your pet can gain access through a special collar.

Don’t make your home an inviting place for unwanted guests. If there’s an easy food supply, you can guarantee rodents will do everything they can to get inside. Remove food sources by storing products in containers rather than packets which are easy to get into, make sure rubbish is secured in bins with a tight-fitting lid, clean up food spills immediately and hoover regularly.

Few of us are keen gardeners during the winter months but an unkempt garden can lure rodents in. Make sure toys and furniture are stored away, leaves are raked up and thrown away and overgrown bushes are trimmed because they can provide shelter. If you keep firewood, store it away from your home because rodents can hide in there and then make their way inside when the opportunity arises.

For further information about dealing with winter rodent infestations or to book in for a free, no obligation pest control audit, get in touch with Prokill today.

How to Deal with Unwanted Wildlife

By |October 13th, 2020|

We’re all familiar with the risk of rodents, bugs, insects and other pests invading our properties but what happens when something a little more unexpected makes themselves at home?

Wildlife such as foxes, moles, rabbits and squirrels will very rarely find their way inside but it’s not uncommon for them to be found in gardens and other outdoor areas. While they may be cuter than your typical pest, wildlife can cause a lot of damage around properties, attract other pests and it can also be a worry if you have pets.

So, what can you do when these creatures become a nuisance to your home or business premises?

Know the legislation

The Campaign for Responsible Rodenticide Use (CRRU) means that there are strict rules when it comes to applying rodenticides outside. This is because they can be highly toxic and need to be used correctly to ensure that wildlife and other non-target animals like pets are kept safe.

Please don’t try to use rodenticides outside. If you have a problem with wildlife in a domestic or business premises, please contact a professional pest controller. You can find out how Prokill adheres to CRRU rules on our website.

Dealing with a mole infestation

Mole problems can be difficult to deal with because they live underground. Repellents, poisons and fumigants are all popular options but as we mentioned above, please leave this to the professionals.

Moles prefer to live in areas where the soil stays moist so if you want them to move on quickly, you could try improving the drainage on your property.

Dealing with a squirrel infestation

It’s not uncommon to see squirrels and while the odd one here or there isn’t a problem, big numbers of them can cause a lot of damage. Squirrels can also become problematic if one manages to get in through the loft because they can chew through walls, timber, cables and electrical wiring.

Some top tips for getting rid of a squirrel infestation include:

• Remove any food sources such as bird feed, rubbish and pet food
• Use gutter guards and cover downspouts so they can’t enter buildings through the roof and facia boards
• Trim tree branches which hang over the roof
• Seal entry points and cracks in walls
• Remove any firewood being stored against the building

Dealing with a fox infestation

Foxes are seen as pests because they scavenge any food they can, they cause damage to gardens and landscapes and for anyone who keeps chickens or rabbits in their garden, it can be a worry.

Some effective ways to deal with a fox problem include:

• Eliminate whatever is attracting foxes to your property. This could be rubbish, an easily accessible chicken coop or nice warm shelter
• Spray a non-toxic chemical such as Scoot, Wash Off and Get Off, Stay Off or Get Off My Garden. Please always follow instructions even when using non-toxic chemicals
• Don’t leave ground-floor windows and doors open, especially after dark. Foxes may make their way inside for food
• Store rubbish in secure metal bins
• Keep outside areas free of clutter
• Extend your fence above and/or below ground. You may need planning permission for this

Dealing with a rabbit infestation

Rabbits may seem harmless, but they can cause plenty of damage to gardens. Some top tips for getting rid of rabbits include:

• Rabbits will only live in areas that provide cover from predators. If you have low-growing shrubs, brush piles, tall grass, a shed or other structure, this will be very appealing to them
• Fill your garden with plants that rabbits don’t like to eat such as geranium, marigold, Mexican sunflower, bleeding hearts, daffodils, forget-me-nots, ginger, hyacinth, lavender, peony and rhododendron
• Add barrier fencing to protect plants
• Water scarecrows, fake snakes and owls, aluminium pie pans and ultrasonic devices can help scare off rabbits

The best thing to do when faced with a wildlife infestation is to call a professional pest controller. Prokill specialises in wildlife control for both domestic and business premises. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch for further information or to book in for a free, no obligation audit.

Pest Control for Landlords

By |October 6th, 2020|

Landlords naturally want to ensure that tenants are taking good care of their property. While inspections are a common term of renting, these normally consist of a quick check to ensure everything is in good working order.

Do you or your property management company ever check for the signs of a pest infestation however? This is something that doesn’t often cross people’s mind until the infestation has spiralled out of control and significant damage has occurred.

Rather than waiting for an infestation to happen, it’s a good idea for landlords to include pest prevention as part of their regular checks. There are a number of benefits of doing this including:

• It saves money in the long run. If someone is renting a property, they’re more likely to ignore problems for longer than they would if it was their own home. If pest are left to their own devices for too long, they can cause significant structural damage which will be costly to repair
• It establishes a good relationship with tenants. Pests may become a problem if tenants aren’t practicing good prevention techniques but they can also find their way inside despite everyone’s best efforts. By having a prevention plan in place, tenants can be reassured that you’re doing everything you can to keep them safe and that you know how to act swiftly in the event of an infestation
• It ensures tenants are being responsible. Pests have all sorts of clever ways to sneak inside but there’s a lot we can do to make it as difficult as possible for them. By educating tenants about these techniques, you know that they’re doing everything they can to keep your property safe
 It protects your reputation. If your property becomes known for pest infestations, you’re going to struggle to find and keep tenants. This is especially important because rodents, cockroaches, fleas and bed bugs can be a health risk. Infestations can spread diseases and aggravate certain conditions such as asthma, eczema and allergies

How can I protect my rental property?

There are a number of ways landlords and agents can protect the properties they’re letting out.

• Ask tenants to clear up food spillages immediately and store food in tightly sealed containers
• Fill any potential entry points around the property. Don’t forget the roof because many pests climb up trees and gain access via the top of the house
• Clear drainpipes of leaves
• Ensure any outside space is kept clean and free of clutter
• Encourage tenants to keep the property clean
• Educate tenants about the signs of an infestation so they know to call you as soon as they suspect there may be a problem
• Ask tenants to report any leaks as soon as they notice them. Pests are drawn to water and can often be found lurking near pipes, especially if they’re dripping

Another great tip is to enlist the help of a local pest control company. Having someone on hand you know you can trust means that you will be able to deal with an infestation quickly and effectively.

Crucially, they will also be able to share prevention techniques which can be tailored to your property after conducting a full survey.

For further information about pest control for landlords or to book in for your free, no obligation audit, please get in touch with Prokill.

What to do if you spot mouse droppings in the garage or shed

By |September 27th, 2020|

As summer is coming to an end and the weather starts to cool down, rodents like mice are likely to start making their way into outbuildings such as garages and sheds.

One of the most obvious signs this has happened is spotting mouse droppings. So what should you do if this happens?

Look out for other signs

If you have an active mouse infestation, there are a number of signs that will confirm your suspicions.

• Unusual odours (similar to urine or a damp, musky smell)
• Holes in materials that weren’t there before
• Rodent nests
• Scratching noises, especially at night
• Gnaw marks on furniture or tracks on the floor

Try to eliminate the problem quickly

It might be tempting to delay calling pest control as the mice aren’t actually in your home. Rodents can be just as problematic in garages and sheds as they can be inside however. They can build nests in wall insulation, chew through electrical wires, expose you to potential health problems and they are of course highly unsanitary. What’s more, it’s only a matter of time before they do make their way into your nice, warm house.

Seal any holes

Mice can fit through very small holes so do a thorough search of your garage and shed. Patching compound or wood plus caulk can be used to seal up any holes bigger than ¼ of an inch. Fitting a bristle or brush to the bottom of any doors can also help prevent mice squeezing through small gaps.

Avoid using a poison 

Spraying a repellent or laying down poison is often people’s first thought when they spot the signs of a mouse infestation. We don’t recommend this for a number of reasons however.

If you have young children or pets, they may come into contact with the poison and ingest it themselves. Even if the mouse does eat the poison and dies, you don’t want your pet to eat it because it could poison them too.

The Campaign for the Responsible Use (CRRU) of rodenticides also means that there’s a particular way these chemicals must be used in order to minimise their exposure to wildlife and other non-target animals. You can find out more about this by visiting their website where it explains why you should always use a professional pest controller when dealing with chemicals.

Remove any food sources

If you use the garage or shed to store pet food, bird feed or supplies for yourself, ensure they’re well protected. Tightly sealed in a metal container is the ideal solution because mice can chew through plastic and cardboard.

If mice infestations are a common problem for you, it’s a good idea to stop storing food supplies in outbuildings because it’s simply encouraging them to return.

Call pest control

The best thing to do if you spot mouse droppings in your garage or shed is to call pest control on 053 9420224 or complete our online enquiry form.

Here at Prokill we offer a free, no obligation audit where we can determine whether or not there is an outbreak and the extent of it. Should you wish to proceed with our services, our qualified technicians will be able to effectively remove any rodents as well as instal the appropriate proofing systems to avoid future outbreaks.

How do you get rid of mice at work?

By |September 25th, 2020|

The last thing any business wants to face is a rodent infestation. As well as being incredibly unsettling for your employees, if word gets out, it could also be disastrous to your reputation.

Whether you’re running an office for your staff or your business is customer focused (such as a shop or restaurant for example), below we explain how to get rid of mice at work.

Encourage employees to be vigilant
Food is the quickest and easiest way to encourage a mouse infestation. When you have multiple employees on site all day however, it can be incredibly difficult to manage this.

Ask your staff to observe the following good practices which will help to get rid of mice:

  • Bring and store all food in a tightly sealed container
  • Clear out cupboards regularly and wipe away any food debris
  • Clear up spills immediately
  • Wipe down all surfaces at the end of the day
  • Clean up any crumbs dropped on desks, in keyboards and on the floor
  • Don’t leave cakes, cookies or any other shared food out overnight
  • Keep food in the kitchen rather than in desk drawers

Store rubbish securely
Businesses generate a lot of rubbish on a daily basis which is very appealing to mice. General rubbish provides lots of good hiding places and food rubbish is a nice easy meal for rodents.

Ensure that kitchen bins are emptied and taken outside on a daily basis. Once outside, store any rubbish in a secure bin with a tight fitting lid so mice can’t get inside. If possible, also try to store the bins as far away from any doors as you can.

Eliminate water sources
Mice will also look for a water source as this is crucial to survival. Remind everyone to wipe up any spills immediately and at the end of the day, also try to ensure that all taps and sinks have been dried.

If you have any leaking taps or pipes (whether it’s inside or outside), get them repaired as quickly as possible.

Check for potential entry points
Mice can fit through holes as small as a quarter of an inch so it’s worth taking the time to do a thorough inspection of your premises. If you notice any holes or cracks in the building, seal them up with concrete, mortar, steel wool or metal flashing.

Call Prokill
If your business has a mouse infestation, we highly recommend that you call a professional pest controller as soon as possible. Not only is this for the sake of your employees and reputation, depending on which industry you’re in, it may even be a legal obligation.

As well as helping to identify and contaminate problems quickly and successfully, we also offer ongoing services which helps to prevent issues occurring in the first place.

Pest+ is the ideal solution for commercial properties and includes an initial risk assessment, a free pest control risk survey, regular checks on lures and netting, detailed reports, free call-outs and more.

PestAdvanced caters for the ever-changing needs of the food and pharmaceutical industries and includes risk assessments, internal baiting, fly count analysis, annual reviews, detailed reports and much more.

To book in for your free, no obligation quote or pest control audit, please get in touch with Prokill today.

What to do if you’re worried about rats in your garden

By |September 18th, 2020|

Rats in the garden is a common problem for anyone living in a house. With plenty of places to hide and rubbish bins providing a great food source, it’s no surprise that these rodents are happy to make themselves at home here.

It’s important to get a potential problem with rats seen to quickly if you suspect you have rats in the garden. With autumn just around the corner, the temperature will start dropping and food supplies will become scarce. This means that before long, these pests will start making their way into your home.

Below we discuss the signs that you may have rats in your garden and what to do about it.

Signs of rats in the garden
It’s a good idea to spend 10-15 minutes checking your garden for signs of rats on a regular basis. Look out for:

• Rat droppings. These are distinct and resemble a large grain of rice (about 9-14mm) and are dark brown in colour. Rats can produce up to 40 droppings in just one night so you’re likely to notice it in large volumes
• Bite marks. Rats have a strong bite and can chew through things such as plastic, wood, lead, aluminium and even cement. If you notice bite marks around bins, in hoses, furniture, sheds or anywhere else around the garden, it’s likely to be rats
• Nests. You’re likely to find rat nests in areas that are dry and hidden from predators so you may need to search a bit harder for this one. They’re attracted to clutter and easy food sources so these are the high risk areas of your garden
• Footprints. Rats are very active so it’s inevitable they’re going to leave footprints. A good way to test this is to sprinkle flour or anything with a similar texture and wait to see if there are any fresh prints
• Burrows. Rats are more likely to dig burrows in proximity to compost bins, sheds, the garage and under shelters and decking
• Increased pet activity. Cats and dogs have a much stronger sense of smell and hearing than we do so they may pick up on rats before you. If your pet is putting its nose inside crevices for longer and more often than usual or they’re suddenly constantly on the hunt for something, it could be rats
• You can smell ammonia. If you have a very large rat infestation in your garden, you will probably be able to smell it

What to do if you have rats in the garden
There are a number of ways you can encourage rats to move on and prevent them coming back in future.

Remove potential food sources
Pests are drawn to easy food sources so make it as difficult as possible for them to get food from your garden.

• Ensure bin bags are securely fastened and are kept preferably in a metal bin
• Don’t feed your pet outside. If you do, ensure it’s cleared away as soon as they’ve finished
• If you eat outside, clean away any debris immediately and wipe down source
• Don’t leave food out for birds or squirrels
• Remove fallen fruits from the ground
• If possible, remove any water sources

Keep your garden clean
Rats like to keep hidden so any clutter will provide shelter for them.

• Trim bushes, cut the grass and remove weeds regularly
• Rake leaves regularly and don’t leave them in a pile on the ground
• Inspect children’s toys regularly
• Keep your shed clean because rats can easily gnaw their way inside
• If you keep garden furniture covered, check it regularly

Get planting
There are a number of plants that deter rats so try to incorporate a couple of these into your garden design.

• Lavender
• Daffodils
• Marigolds
• Garlic
• Black pepper
• Cayenne
• Sage
• Oregano

Call a local pest controller
If you suspect you have a rat infestation in your garden, you should always call a local pest controller. They will be able to diagnose the problem and how severe it is, safely remove any unwanted pests and show you how to prevent them coming back.

If you need help with a rat infestation, please get in touch with Prokill and our experts will be on hand to help.

Autumn pests – what to look out for….

By |September 13th, 2020|

With autumn upon us, it’s that time of year when pests start making their way out of the cold and into our nice, warm homes.

Which unwanted visitors are we likely to see lurking around our homes as we transition into winter and what are the signs you should be looking out for? Below we cover everything you need to know about autumn pests.

Autumn pests in the Ireland

Common pests in homes at this time of year include:

Wasps

The feeding habits of wasps mean they’re more likely to come into contact with people at this time of year. A diet of ripening fruit can also make them drunk and more aggressive than normal.

Signs of wasps include:

• If you have a wasp infestation, you’re likely to see them flying around your home or in the garden in larger numbers than usual
• Certain species of wasps build their nests by chewing wood. You may notice holes or tunnels in wooden surfaces on the exterior of your home
• You see a wasp nest. Always call a pest controller if you spot a wasp nest and don’t try to remove it yourself

Bed bugs

With many people returning from their summer holidays, bed bugs brought back in suitcases can be a common problem at this time of year.

Common signs of bed bugs include:

• If you look closely, you may be able to see them. An adult is 4-5mm in length, reddish-brown in colour, has a flattened, oval body and does not have wings
• You have bites on your body. These are typically found in a pattern of rows or as a cluster. A small, hard, swollen, white welt may develop at the site of each bite and they may be very itchy
• There are small dark stains on your bed sheets
• You notice a sweet/sickly scent that you can’t explain

Spiders

While spider numbers peak in the summer, as the weather gets colder they move into buildings for light and warmth. This means that despite the fact that there are actually fewer of them, we’re more likely to notice them in the autumn.

Signs of a spider infestation:

• Spider webs around the home
• You see them – as well as webs, spiders can often be found in burrows and crevices
• Some species are attracted to moist environments so check around pipes, sinks, baths, showers, basements, walls, sheds and other damp locations

Cluster flies

Depending on the temperature, cluster flies tend to appear in homes and buildings from late September onwards. Because they come inside to hibernate, it can be hard to spot that they’re there. They’re often found under felt in attics and around heating and ventilation pipes.

Fleas

Flea populations peak in autumn and people returning home from holidays can also cause an increase in numbers.

Signs of a flea infestation include:

• You may be able to see them on curtains, carpets and furniture
• Your pet is scratching a lot or you can see them in their fur
• You’re getting bitten. Flea bites are usually located on the lower legs and feet and are characterised by red spots surrounded by red halos. You may experience hives, a rash or swelling around the bite

Rodents

Just like with other pests, rodent numbers aren’t particularly higher during autumn. They’re simply seeking shelter from the cooler and often wetter weather. As food supplies become increasingly scarce outside, the likes of rats and mice are more likely to make their way into homes and buildings.

Signs of a rodent infestation include:

• Droppings
• Unusual odours (similar to urine or a damp, musky smell)
• Holes in materials that weren’t there before
• Nests
• Scratching noises, especially at night
• Gnaw marks on furniture or tracks on the floor
• Footprints
• If your pet is putting its nose inside crevices for longer and more often than usual or they’re suddenly constantly on the hunt for something, it could be because you have rodents in the house

If you think you have a pest problem, please get in touch with us at Prokill and we can book you in for a free, no obligation pest control audit.

How to get Rid of Cockroaches

By |September 4th, 2020|

Although cockroach infestations aren’t as common as they are in some countries, there are three common cockroach species native to us. In the right conditions, cockroaches can make their way into homes, restaurants and commercial and industrial premises.

Often associated with dirty places, this isn’t necessarily the case. Yes, dirt equals food and plenty of places to hide but cockroaches are commonly introduced to buildings through the transportation of goods and equipment. This means that anyone can be vulnerable to an infestation regardless of how clean your premises are.

How do you get rid of cockroaches if you find yourself faced with a dreaded infestation?

Find where cockroaches are hiding

You won’t be able to fully eliminate the infestation unless you find out where these pests are hiding. Cockroaches are nocturnal, and they prefer to live and feed in the dark. This means it could be months before you even realise you have a problem.

Dark, moist locations are popular hiding places. Check:

  • Behind refrigerators, sinks and stoves
  • Underfloor drains
  • Inside motors and major appliances such as fridges and water heaters

Cockroaches have an impressive ability to flatten their bodies which means they’re often found in some obscure places including:

  • Beneath rubber mats
  • Behind wallpaper
  • Inside wall cracks

Some other common places to find cockroaches hiding include:

  • Ceilings
  • Areas where pipes come into your home, around washers and dryers, behind damp cabinets, around exposed pipes and in walls and floors where there may be condensation
  • Furniture such as sofas
  • Cardboard boxes

Eliminate food sources

Eliminating any potential food sources inside and around your home is one of the most effective ways of getting cockroaches to move on sharpish.

  • Clean kitchen appliances regularly because cockroaches happily live off grease and food spills
  • Empty cabinets and give them a thorough clean – crumbs are a great source of food
  • Vacuum regularly – when we’re preparing and eating food, it’s very easy to drop crumbs
  • Wipe down kitchen countertops every night
  • Don’t leave pet food out overnight
  • Store any leftover food in a sealed container
  • Make sure all rubbish is stored in a bin with a tight-fitting lid

Block off entry points

Cockroaches can crawl through even the smallest of spaces so it’s important to seal off a potential entry point. This can include cracks in walls, gaps in doors, between walls and countertops, underneath doors and in between floorboards.

Fix leaks

Cockroaches are attracted to moisture and water. Even if you have a small leak, try to fix it as soon as possible and don’t let water stand in your sink or over-water indoor plants. Providing cockroaches have a water source, they can survive months without food which is why they’re drawn to water so much.

Call pest control

The safest, quickest and most effective way to eliminate a cockroach infestation is to call a local pest controller. They will also be able to provide you with advice that will prevent infestations occurring in the future. To book in for your free pest control audit by getting in touch with us today either via our online form or by calling us on 053 9420224.