Cockroaches are among the most common pests found in homes and apartments. They are particularly bothersome in areas where food is prepared, and sanitation is lacking. Most people find cockroaches repulsive and embarrassing simply by their presence. They have the potential to contaminate food, kitchen utensils, and other household items, as well as leave an unpleasant odor.
While cockroach treatments are effective, they do not have an immediate effect. You should understand what to expect after treatment so that you are not surprised if roaches continue to infest your home.
You may see more cockroaches than usual in the days following treatment. This is not to say that the treatment was ineffective. On the contrary, the treatment was performed precisely as expected. The roaches emerge from their hiding places because they are dying after exposure to the spray insecticide.
It's unclear why cockroaches die out in the open. It has been proposed that insecticide chemicals cause muscle spasms and disorientation in roaches before killing them. The insecticide in the spray should eventually be effective at killing all of the roaches in your home. However, this can be a time-consuming process.
Cockroaches can lay hundreds of eggs in their lifetime if left to their own devices. As a result, some eggs have likely already been laid at the treatment time. The treatment does not affect roach eggs., but it prevents the young from reaching full maturity after hatching.
As a result, you may see immature cockroaches after treatment. However, these will die without reproducing, and you will soon see no cockroaches.
After cockroach treatment, the first thing you should do is vacuum up the dead and dying bugs. This helps to keep the premises clean and prevents disease spread. Vacuuming them up is fine, even if the roaches aren't entirely dead. They will not survive insecticide exposure, and the heat from the vacuum cleaner will hasten their demise.
While the infestation is nearing its end, you can help hasten its demise and prevent the onset of another by cleaning and decluttering. Remove food and water sources, such as food spills, garbage, plumbing leaks, and any places roaches could hide.
Another way to avoid a new infestation is to figure out how they got into the house in the first place so you can plug the hole. Because roaches can fit into tiny spaces, this can be difficult. If you don't know how the roaches got in, seal any cracks around windows and doors. If you buy used items, inspect them for cockroaches first to avoid unintentionally bringing them into the house. This can also help you keep other insect pests bay, such as bed bugs.