Roaches are probably the most loathsome and the most prolific pest there is. They infest the walls and other hidden spaces of a private home, venturing out in search of food, leaving droppings and their dead bodies everywhere.
Controlling roaches is important, not just because they look horrible and smell worse, but because they constitute a health hazard. According to the National Center for Healthy Housing, roaches are a particular danger for asthma sufferers because the debris they leave behind can be breathed in. They are also carriers of a number of diseases that can afflict anyone, especially the young, the old, and people who are already ill with something else.
Controlling roaches can be very challenging, mainly because they are good at two things – breeding and surviving. They are better at hiding than most people are at finding and killing them. More roaches will always find a way to get into the house through pipes and other points of entry.
A homeowner can do a number of things to try to keep the roach population under control, including keeping surfaces clean and storing food in secure containers. A number of store bought remedies, including sprays, foggers, and roach traps, are also available.
However, if you want to wage effective war against the unwanted roach guests in your home, it is best to call in a professional. A professional exterminator will be able to attack roaches where they live and breed, using special equipment and training. The professional exterminator can also give good advice on how to keep the roaches at bay after giving your home a thorough treatment. Even considering the expense, a professional is likely less costly than trying to do it yourself in the long run.