Cockroach prevention – Most of us dislike having cockroaches loitering around in our homes. If you ask around, cockroach tends to top the list for most hated pest because of its food contamination risks and their phobia developed towards this pest. A survey was conducted to reveal 30% of the respondent struggle with cockroaches, and the remaining on ants and lizards.
Hence, majority of home owners are diligent enough to take proactive DIY steps for cockroach prevention at home.
Below are some familiar cockroach prevention methods we have tried that can go wrong!
1. Stick-on residues from cockroach baits left on the surfaces
Have you notice glue-like residues that are left randomly on your kitchen tiles, cabinets, shelves or wall that looks unsightly and patchy? These off-the-shelve baits are readily available in supermarkets and home-fix stores that are not costly. The tendency is for people to buy a stash and conveniently stick them at every possible spots, not sparing these cockroaches from escaping unharmed.
The problem: You end up buying more baits, sticking them at other potential hot spots, removing the expired baits, leaving residue traces behind, but the cockroach population is still not under control!
2. Not everyone is good in their cockroach whacking-skills
How we admire our parents or siblings rolling up a magazine or newspaper and give a good one-time whack at the running cockroach and spot on! But have you experienced chasing around a small but fast-moving cockroach to no avail? The problem: You engaged in some exercise running around your home and exercising your arms, but the cockroach most likely will flee and hide comfortably at spaces either you can’t reach or can’t see them.
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3. Insecticide spray expires and couldn’t work at the critical time
Do you know a cockroach is like a road-runner? They can run at 80 cm per second! Most homes would equip with basic cockroach repel tools such as pesticides to give the extra assurance in the event of a cockroach encounter. There are many ways that the spray can let you down. Leaking canister that is harmful to our health, nozzle couldn’t work, over-spraying that leaves behind residues and toxicity risks, such as allergy, respiratory problems and irritation.The problem: The ease of spraying at every corners and surfaces, thinking by covering the entire area with pesticide, you can get rid of cockroach effectively. But the reality is, you may not be covering at the right location, attacking the root source instead, leaving these cockroaches to hide and breed at those hide-outs.
4. Placing pandan leaves and moth balls around the house
All thanks to available information on cockroach prevention tips found on the web, that there are smells to keep roaches away such as pandan leaves, moth balls, peppermint oil, baking soda or even bay leaf. Because we are clueless on cockroach facts and their habourage preference, there is a tendency to spread and distribute these natural ingredients widely, thus heightening our “protection” coverage? The problem: Natural ingredients are just temporary-short term deterrents, by merely chasing them away and returning once the smell is gone. But they can turn into a long term food source for other pests to feed and breed as well! Remember, housekeeping and sanitation influences pest attraction and infestation.
Call (65) 6347 8138 for cockroach prevention or control program to prevent them from causing further stress to you.