Cockroach Control

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Cockroaches can contaminate food. They produce allergens that can make health problems worse. Poor housekeeping is a major factor in cockroach infestations. Here are some suggestions to help you prevent cockroaches and to get rid of them.

  • Clean all living spaces regularly, including baseboards and cracks in walls. Use hot, soapy water or a mild bleach solution. Ensure that the stove and area around the stove is kept clean and free of food and grease.
  • Keep all food in covered containers.
  • Do not leave dirty dishes, food crumbs or open food out. Wipe up crumbs and food particles from counters, sinks and cupboards.
  • Vacuum furniture and vacuum or sweep floors regularly, including around and under fridges and stoves. Seal vacuum bags and remove them from your home immediately.
  • Remove leftover pet food from pet dishes at the end of each day.
  • Eliminate all food and water sources for the cockroaches.
  • Keep garbage cans and recycling containers tightly covered.
  • If you find cockroaches, report them to your Site Manager immediately. They will help deal with the problem by arranging for either CRHC staff or a pest control operator to come to your home.
  • CRHC staff or a pest control operator will leave you written instructions to prepare before they come into your home. Follow all of these instructions for both before and after treatments. Treatment may include chemical spray, baiting or heat treatment. If the cockroaches return, let your Site Manager know again.
  • Be very careful to inspect any used items you buy at a second hand shop or get from friends or family. If they appear to have cockroaches, don't take them. If you travel, check your luggage and belongings carefully when you return home.
  • Avoid buying food from bulk food bins unless you are absolutely certain that the food is not contaminated with cockroaches or their eggs.

Thank you for your assistance! Site Managers and pest control operators cannot control this problem without your help.

Related Information

Control of Cockroaches Tip Sheet

Sample Notice to Tenant of Treatment

Cockroach Baiting Prep Sheet

Treatment Follow-Up

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