Cockroaches are one of the most common pests to be found in Australian homes and businesses. While at first glance they may seem harmless, if not a bit of a nuisance, cockroaches have been found to carry bacteria on their bodies and legs that can cause diseases such as dysentery, salmonella, diarrhea, gastroenteritis and more. As such, the most vulnerable members of a family, be they young or old, can be at most risk in the event of an infestation. Importantly also, cockroaches breed very rapidly, and a handful of cockroaches to begin with can turn into a crowd of hundreds over the course of a few weeks. For this reason, controlling the spread of cockroaches throughout your home as soon as you become aware of their presence is vital if you want to get rid of them effectively. Luckily, there are a number of things you can do, short of calling a professional exterminator, to deter cockroaches from calling your home their home.
With cockroach prevention, there are four areas you'll want to focus on: removing food stuff, removing water sources, removing any potential shelter for cockroaches, and setting up traps. The first is basically ensuring that you don't leave food particles lying around the house. This can be done by regularly scrubbing kitchen and table tops after use, cleaning the floor as often as possible, and keeping food scraps in a closed bin rather than in an open top one. Keeping any leftovers in a sealed container also works in this regard. It would be a nasty surprise to find cockroaches in last night's lasagna.
Secondly, cockroaches thrive in wet, warm and damp areas in and outside of the home. Remove any water sources throughout your home by regularly checking pipes and taps, in your bathrooms, kitchen, laundry and elsewhere, for leakages and ensuring there are no areas in which water is unknowingly accumulating. If your house has a sub-floor area, make sure it's kept well drained and ventilated.
You'll also want to go around your home and meticulously check for crevices and cracks. Pay particularly close attention to areas in the kitchen, such as cupboards and the pantry, and in between cracked tiles. Fill in these areas as soon as you can. More often than not, cockroaches like to set up their breeding ground in the more difficult-to-reach locations, making clearing them away all the more harder.
As a final defence, it's worthwhile setting up traps for any critters on your property. These usually come in the form of sticky traps which bait cockroaches with food. Place these in areas you frequently see cockroaches. If the worst happens and you begin to notice more and more cockroaches on your property, it may be time to consult pest control about the best course of action.