Cockroach Fumigation: Cockroach Infestations
Cockroaches can be considered as one of the most common pests that people find in their homes and are the stuff in which nightmares are made of, figuratively. Often, people are just bothered and feel disgusted by the sight of a cockroach scampering away underneath the kitchen sink as these primal insects have a way of quickly multiplying underneath their noses until they have already grown to an uncontrollable number, which eventually leads to a major infestation.
Cockroaches survived dinosaurs and nuclear bombs
Cockroaches had been around for as long as the first dinosaurs roamed the earth and have managed to outlive these gigantic reptiles, which just shows how enduring these insects are. Added to this, they can even survive a nuclear explosion at ground zero as shown in detonation testing during the early development of the atom bomb in which included cockroaches as test subjects.
They can even survive for more than a week with their heads cut off in which the only substantial reason for death would be from thirst since they can no longer drink without their heads. A cockroach’s body is divided into 3 segments, the head, the thorax and the abdomen. Unlike most insects, cockroaches breath through the underside of their thorax. Their exoskeleton, which provides an armor-like protection for their bodies, gives them the tenacity in which they are well known for that a single step on them could not instantly kill them, but would take a substantial effort to do so.
It is so common to see cockroaches running away after being sprayed with insecticide that they do not die all at once and may even take up to a few days before the toxins from the spray finally puts them down permanently.
On the other hand, cockroach eggs are also well protected from insecticides with their hard shell casing that protects the developing larvae well enough through the ordeal. After which the larvae can freely come out and develop into roaches since roach eggs are very well hidden which may well require you to regularly spray insecticides on a regular basis. If you should find that you are infested with cockroaches beyond your capability of efficiently eradicating them yourself, you may want to consider hiring professional help. Most cockroaches tend to nest and lay their eggs in dark and damp places such as cellars, underneath kitchen sinks and connecting sewage system pipes that run underneath your house and onto the streets.
One preventive measure that can be done by any homeowner is flushing the sewage pipes with cockroach insecticide to repel roaches from entering your home through the sewage system. This can be done by regularly inducing cockroach poison through your kitchen sink and sewage drains. If you should discover that you have a major infestation that goes beyond your capabilities, there are a lot of pest control experts that know how to deal with problems related to roach infestation that can give you a more permanent result of completely killing off all the roaches in your home or apartment. If you happen to live in an apartment, the more imminent the need for you to fumigate your living area since cockroach infestation is more likely in big cities that are densely populated.
Cockroach house tenting fumigation
One of the quickest method that can eradicate roaches in mass proportions, including their developing eggs is through the use of “tenting” while undergoing cockroach fumigation. The chemical compounds involved in this process can highly cause nausea and vomiting and should be handled by professionals who have trained in this field of endeavor. Fumigation allows chemical pesticides to reach the most unlikely places that roaches may be hiding including their unseen nesting areas in which they securely hide their eggs. Tenting securely isolates the infested area in which cockroaches are more likely to thrive and traps them well within the perimeter giving them very little chance to escape the poisonous fumes. It also inhibits the chemicals and the roaches themselves from spreading out to the adjacent areas.
Prior to having your home or apartment fumigated, you should make some preparations and move all of your important belongings such as food, clothing and pets away from the area since these chemicals do contribute a health hazard which can cause unwanted chemically induced injuries such as allergies, rashes, blood toxicity and other health issues. After the fumigation is finished, it is better to leave it off for a few more hours before returning to your home to let the chemical residue die down. Cockroach fumigation chemicals linger on for a substantial amount of time before the key active ingredients degrade to safer levels. Considering that the cost to have your home or apartment tented and fumigated can easily reach up to a thousand dollars depending on the size of your home or living space and the severity of the infestation.
Other preventive measures that homeowners can do by themselves is to use cockroach pesticides that they can use occasionally to spray underneath kitchen sinks to flush out cockroaches from their hiding places. The use of traps and baits can also reduce the roach population in your home though it will not kill them off completely since most roaches multiply in great numbers at a short period of time. Most of the time, most people will tend to leave roach bait and traps in clear plain sight, which is not a safe means of exposing harmful chemicals to pets and children.
One simple natural means of slowly killing off roaches is the use of sugar and baking soda mixed into equal parts and left in places where cockroaches are likely to dwell. The use of baking soda is quite safe for both pets and children and is quite effective on certain degrees where you have a lightly cockroach infested home or apartment. The effect of sugar and baking soda works of the principle where the sugar is bait for the cockroach since sugar is a very pleasant food for cockroaches. The baking soda on the other hand gets ingested along with the sugar in which it destroys the cockroach’s digestive system, eventually leading to its death.