Without a doubt, roaches can be a menace in the house. Apart from looking disgusting, they can be a source of contamination and diseases if not kept in check. They multiply in large numbers and it is important to keep them out of your house.
This can be done by fumigating your house for roaches. I have a few roaches in my house and have fumigated my house only once so far three years back. And obviously, the roaches have returned after some time. It made me realize you need to fumigate your house more frequently. But how often do you need to do it?
After one comprehensive fumigation activity to get rid of the roaches, you must ensure that you get it done again once every quarter. Every quarter these visits are follow-ups and help to keep the roaches population in check. The follow-up visits are also much cheaper than the initial main fumigation activity.
What constitutes the initial fumigation activity?
Fumigation involves the use of insecticides in a gas. This gas is then sprayed in areas infested with the roaches. The insecticide gas causes can go into places where your chemical repellents cannot. Places like fine cracks and crevices, things which cannot be exposed to chemical solutions and such.
During the initial fumigation process, the maximum damage is done to the roaches. The aim of the fumigation activity is to eliminate the maximum number of roaches even in tiny cracks and crevices where chemical repellents cannot go. Unlike other pest control methods, in which there can be a requirement for multiple sessions and visits, fumigation is often a one-time process which takes place for a few hours. Quarterly maintenance visits at a fraction of the initial fumigation cost are an option.
Why you should get rid of cockroaches
Cockroaches can be considered to be one of the most disgusting domestic insects on the planet. Not just because they look filthy. Roaches carry a host of diseases with them, some of them being dysentery, food poisoning and liver diseases.
Another unpleasant situation is when you have to deal with their droppings. This can become a big headache if you’re dealing with a large number of roaches. While fumigation can help kill the roaches, cleaning their droppings from cracks and crevices can become a big task.
Finally, you might be aware that cockroaches multiply very rapidly. A large roach population can be difficult to get rid of. And the smaller the roaches, the more chances of them going into tiny holes and cracks. Hence it is important to get rid of them at the earliest and at periodic intervals to avoid mass multiplication.
Some other ways of getting rid of roaches
The best way to be free from roaches is to maintain a clean and hygienic environment. Roaches generally tend to thrive in places where there’s food freely available. Places like the kitchen should be thoroughly cleaned and sanitised before going to bed in the night. They usually come out at night when everyone has slept and the lights are off. Hence try your best to get rid of any fallen crumbs or food particles from the kitchen shelves.
The other place where the roaches, especially the German cockroach is usually found and thrives is in toilets or bathrooms. They sneak in through the sewer system and if you don’t have a modern foolproof sewage system, they can come in through the drainage pipes. Hence ensure that your drainage system is properly sealed and your washrooms are kept as dry as possible.
In short, keep your home as clean as possible especially where these insects thrive.
Coming to chemical repellents, you can use a variety of methods like sticky traps, bait station and home made recipes. You can read more about them here.
How much does a fumigation visit cost?
One fumigation session cost around $200 to $400. After the initial process, you can get quarterly maintenance done at around $50 per visit.
Can fumigation cause damage to surfaces or furniture?
Unlike chemical repellents, fumigation does not cause damage to the surface on which it is sprayed. It does not corrode the furniture or the tiles on which it is sprayed.
Can smells help to keep away roaches?
Yes, some amount of peppermint oil can repel roaches while adding to the freshness in your home.