It’s not uncommon for homeowners to have an infestation of cockroaches in their homes. These pesky pests are attracted to warmth, water, and food sources. The good news is that with a bit of help from your local cockroach exterminator, you can get rid of these bugs for good! Here are some things you should expect after the treatment:
Things to Expect After a Cockroach Treatment
Homeowners that had just tried their first cockroach treatment often don’t know what to expect. While the chemical used to kill roaches is not harmful to humans and pets in most cases, it can cause some discomfort and irritation for a few days after the treatment.
The pesticides work by blocking the receptors in a cockroach’s brain that control movement and feeding habits. As a result, they will stop breathing within minutes, causing them to die within 24 hours, but some don’t actually stop living right away; they may stay alive for quite a while afterward, which means you still need to be wary of your actions.
According to pest control experts, visible signs of cockroach activity will still be present for a few days since some roaches may have been hiding in dark, moist areas which the spray cannot penetrate through. This is why follow-up treatments are often necessary to clean up the roaches that you’re not able to see.
However, after a week or two, you’ll start to notice that the area is becoming less and less active. Once the bugs are eradicated, your infestation will be under control, but it’s still possible for them to return if not given proper preventative measures.
Extermination is just one part of preventing future cockroach problems; you should also take into account other factors that contribute to their appearances, such as poor sanitation, weather conditions, and external environment, which may create an easy route for these bugs to enter your home.
How to Protect Yourself After the Roach Extermination
Chemicals from extermination are usually safe for humans. However, if you want to ensure that you’re not exposed to any toxins, you should wear gloves and a mask while cleaning the area where the extermination occurred. Make sure that you seal your food sources too so toxic gas will not penetrate and contaminate any of your food.
In addition, family members who have respiratory problems such as asthma should wear a mask too when in the area, just to be extra safe.
After about an hour or so, you should start cleaning. Make sure that all surfaces are wiped with a wet towel and dry thoroughly before putting things back in their original place.
However, be sure to speak to your exterminator first to know what things you should and should not do. Also, it’s vital that your pets stay away from any chemical residues, so make sure you take them out before getting started.
Be sure to keep children and pets away from the treatment site until you’re certain that there are no chemical hazards left on the ground or on surfaces.
Ways to Avoid Cockroach Future Infestation
To avoid getting roach problems in the first place, make sure that your home is clean and free from clutter. Store dry food in tightly sealed containers, including pet food. Keep trash sealed tight in a bin with a tight-fitting lid to keep these pests out of the waste you store outside.
Also, consider changing weather conditions that can attract roaches to enter your home, such as getting rid of excess water sources around the house and keeping it cool since cockroaches love humidity – take note of potted plants too so you can bring them inside during wintertime or whenever there’s a threat of a frost.
In addition, making sure your trash cans are sealed tight will prevent these bugs from getting in through the cracks. Also, make sure that your garbage disposal is working correctly to avoid any leakage of food particles around the house.
If you’ve got dirty dishes in the sink, make sure they are cleaned immediately after every meal too.
It is not uncommon for homeowners to experience some anxiety around the thought of a cockroach infestation. This is why you must know what to expect after your treatment and how to handle any lingering fears about these pests.
Armed with this knowledge, you can take care of your house quickly and effectively without having them come back again!
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