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How to Get Rid of Cockroaches

Identify Your Pest

A distinct, unpleasant smell is probably one of the most obvious giveaway signs of cockroach presence. Cockroaches leave behind a distinctive smell on surfaces they come into contact with.

A cockroach infestation has to be quickly identified and ascertained to ensure that it does not get out of control. Cockroaches are considered pests because of the dangers they pose.

Cockroaches can slip through cracks and crevices because their bodies are flat. They are likely to emerge from their hiding place at the same time every day, usually at night.

Knowing the signs of cockroaches includes spotting cockroach droppings, usually tiny black or brown cylindrical pellets less than 2mm long. They're usually found on horizontal surfaces such as floors or shelves.

A cockroach can fly from the outside to indoor areas easily even for high-rise buildings. Correct identification helps to protect against potential cockroach risks and get ready measures in place to keep these pests away.

Choose Your Method

DIY or Professional?

When it comes to getting rid of cockroaches, you have two basic options: DIY or hire a professional.

The DIY option explores ways on what you can do to help prevent a cockroach infestation. There are some easy and good housekeeping tips you can practice at home or at work.

The professional option requires you to find a local pest control company in Singapore. Expert advices by trained pest specialists help you to understand control methods best suited for each individual pest biology.

  • DIY Cockroach Control Options

    If you decide to control a cockroach problem on your own, you have a few basic and cheap options available.

    You could buy some cockroach poison and baits to put at possible locations you think cockroaches may emerge from. As we do not know which is the best cockroach poison or bait to buy and use, trial and error is the only method.

    In Singapore, it is believed that putting fresh pandan leaves could help to deter cockroaches. This is still very much a local myth. Cockroaches are also known to be more attracted to the smell of peanut butter. Yet this is without scientific evidence.

    Popular DIY sprays can be bought off the shelves. Yet health and safety could be compromised i.e. Incorrect usage or accidental contact of eyes with the spray chemicals.

    There are still some practical tips of use to keep the cockroach pest away:

    • Store all food supplies in airtight containers or in refrigerator.
    • Fix any leaking taps and wipe away any spills especially in the kitchen to remove potential food sources.
    • Seal all cracks and crevices and remove any bulky items from the ground which can be potentially a breeding ground for cockroaches.
    • Check and clean hard to reach areas such as behind cupboards or refrigerator to prevent the start of breeding.

    DIY solutions and some basic houskeeping duties may help to prevent a cockroach infestation from happening yet DIY cannot guarantee complete removal of a pest problem.

    DIY often takes a longer time, giving cockroaches already living in the time and chance to reproduce quickly, leaving you with a bigger problem.

  • Benefits of a Professional Cockroach Control

    How to Get Rid of Cockroaches in Your Home

    Carrying potential health risks and a sure threat to public health, cockroaches become a more challenging pest to deal with. Known to transmit diseasees such as salmonella enteritis, dysentry and gastroenteritis, cockroaches cause food poisoning symptoms such as fever, abdominal cramps, diarrhoea and nausea.

    Cockroaches may also stain surfaces or dirty fabrics that they come across. Cockroach egg casess (oothecae) are found in hiding places such as cupboards, drawers and fittings. Learning how to identify hiding areas in home can help owners to be more alert and prudent in their housekeeping.

    Cockroach control in home require the use of residual spray, gel and baits placed strategically. These residual spray. gel and baits are professional products best handled by pest control specialists.

    How to Get Rid of Cockroaches in Your Business

    A cockroach infestation could potentially place businesses in trouble with local health authorities, especially for food businesses and retailing. All these while risking reputation damages and financial losses.

    Cockroaches reproduce fast whereby nymph matures into a full grown adult in less than 6 weeks. Thus a cockroach problem could turn into a worrying matter.

    With cases of F&B business outlet being ordered to close down due to a severe cockroach infestation, consumers' faith in the brand can be dealt with negatively. The health and safety of your staff and customers are also put at risk inherently.

    By putting health and safety top priority before anything, businesses should engage professional cockroach control in place. Build a partnership with a reliable pest control company in Singapore to protect your employess and customers from risks from the pest cockroach. Create a safe and cosy working environment.

  • How To Choose your Pest Control Professional

    To find the right professional pest control company, you need to ensure the entire organization, as well as the pest control technicians are able to fulfill key criteria.

    You should expect the same level of competence and duty of care as provided by any other professional service provider.

    A good pest partner should be able to anticipate and answer all your health and safety concerns. Services and treatments should be tailored to suit your needs as much as possible.

    Crucially a professional should also respect your home, property or business site and operate with the greatest care and attention. He or she should be able to voice any challenges or restrictions right from the start. Equally, as a customer, you should always feel able to voice any concerns and ask as many questions as you need to.

    Key criteria for Selection:

    1. Certifications - licenses and certifications will demonstrate that your treatments are carried out to the highest industry standard practices.
    2. Affiliated associations - membership of recognized industry associations such as the Singapore Pest Management Association will ensure your services are provided by a trained, insured and trusted company, which has to comply with strict membership criteria.
    3. Personal recommendations - even today, word-of-mouth and personal recommendations can be more powerful than a company’s own word. Speak to neighbors, peers, friends or family to find out about customer satisfaction.
    4. Transparency complete honesty and transparency early-on regarding the cost, level and duration of treatment required will help you see if the company is reliable.
    5. Expertise & experience - a well established, recognized company can offer a peace of mind in the services provided and its relationship with customers.

  • Why Use Rentokil

    With Rentokil Pest Control, you can be assured of complete pest protection.

    Our focus on control solutions will ensure complete removal of your pest problem. At the same time, our approach to pest protection will help your home or business remain pest-free long-term.

    With over 50 years of experience serving pest control customers, our expertise in the industry should reassure you of the quality of our service and our expertly trained pest control technicians.

    • We tailor our products to target pests by species.
    • We customize our solutions based on the uniqueness of your home, building or business premises - recognizing that every pest problem is different.
    • We use advanced solutions approved by industry governing bodies - helping to ensure reliability and success.
    • Our large network of entomologists and field biologists support the services and products used by our technicians on-site.

Take Action

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