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How to Get Rid of Cockroaches in Your Home

 In Blog, Cockroaches

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Getting rid of one cockroach in your home is easy: all you need to do is land your foot on them at the right time. The problem is, where there’s one, there are many. Try to stomp them out or use a spray from the hardware store, and there’ll always be there scurrying around under your kitchen or bathroom sink.

Cockroaches aren’t only disgusting creatures to look at; they can also spread germs and illness. If the ickiness wasn’t enough, and they probably are, the substantial health risks they pose are the clincher.

Let’s take a closer look at what brings cockroaches into your home and how to get them out.

Food, Water, Warmth

At the end of the day, cockroaches are creatures looking for what we all need: water, food, and shelter. German cockroaches prefer living in warm, humid places near food and a water source. They tend to frequent residential kitchen environments where there is food. They’re also drawn to bathrooms, where there’s moisture.

Keep a tidy kitchen by sweeping up crumbs, and try to reduce the level of moisture around the faucets and the pipes below the sink to keep cockroaches out. These are the most popular sites cockroaches infest, but they’re less likely to come there if there are no attractants around.

When they gather in large numbers, you may smell a certain musty odour. Another telltale sign of an infestation is the appearance of small, dark, “pepper-like” droppings found on countertops or in drawers. Likewise, you may find the stains these droppings leave behind on doors or around small cracks and openings in walls.

In fall, cockroaches look for a warm place to stay, and that means escaping before the frigid outdoors of the Canadian winter takes hold. Cockroaches have an odd diet, and they can consume things you don’t expect, such as toothpaste, soap, and even glue.

If you clean up your home as most people do, you’ll probably discourage cockroaches from breaching your home inadvertently. Preventative action to keep cockroaches away looks a lot like a general clean-up. But be careful because cockroaches are excellent at finding free rides in cardboard boxes, grocery bags, and things that come in and out of the home.

Even if you actively try to prevent them from getting in, they may still find a way.

Chemical Sprays That Work

The sprays you’ll find commercially available at the hardware store don’t get to the root of the problem. You may find a heap of dead cockroaches, but live ones will return soon enough. The last thing you want to feel is that shudder when you open the cupboard under the sink, thinking they’re gone, only to find a pile of rapidly dispersing roaches in the light.

GreenLeaf Pest Control offers the best cockroach exterminator in Toronto and the GTA because we create our own custom blend of chemicals that work better than the ones you can find on the store shelf.

There are different types of cockroaches in Ontario, German cockroaches and Oriental cockroaches. The former is black, and the latter is light brown to tan, but they behave in similar ways. Our expert technicians know the differences in their habits and tendencies and use this knowledge to uproot the infestation right from the heart.

For local pest control in Toronto and the GTA that gets the job fully done the first time, call GreenLeaf Pest Control.

Home Protection Plan

GreenLeaf Pest Control offers a Home Protection Plan that keeps your home effortlessly cockroach-free. We’ll inspect the premises for signs of any current infestation and treat it, then give a preventative treatment, too. We’ll return to the site, and if, in the extremely rare situation, there are still cockroaches present, we eliminate them free of charge.

Our technicians know what attracts each species and subspecies of cockroach, and they’ll use their expertise to get your home pest-free and ensure it stays that way. You won’t have to give roaches a second thought or even a first one!

We know when cockroaches breed and know when to expect their population to swell and contract. You know that fear you have that you’ll find a swarm of roaches when you open the cupboard below the sink? You’ll never have it again if you opt for the Home Protection Plan. For residential pest control in Toronto that leaves your home clean and promotes good health throughout the year, call GreenLeaf Pest Control.

Friendly, Safe Service

Part of the charm of using a local business is dealing with friendly, respectful technicians inside your home. GreenLeaf Pest Control understands that a roach infestation may make people a little squeamish, and the last thing you need is a rude, unprofessional stranger inside your home. We have strong personal relationships with all our technicians and can vouch for their character.

Plus, the chemicals they use aren’t only effective in uprooting a roach infestation. They’re also safe for pets and the environment! You don’t need to worry because they’re perfectly safe for your four-legged friends.

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Our chemical blends aren’t available for sale, but they’re approved by Health Canada, so you can feel confident that they’ve been inspected and pose no trouble to the environment. You’ll need to treat the infested rooms of your home, but you shouldn’t worry in the back of your mind that the cure may cause other trickle-down problems.

The cockroaches in Ontario may be looking for a warm place to bunk up before the winter hits, but if you need additional help keeping them out, we’ve got your back.

Homeowners want to feel secure and comfortable where they live, and that’s hard to do when roaches are present. They’re gross and spread bacteria. Just the thought of them gives you the creeps!

Half-measure solutions don’t work, and the illusory false hope they give can feel demoralizing when the roaches return in numbers. For an easy and effective solution to your roach problem, call GreenLeaf Pest Control today.

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