Cockroaches are almost everywhere. They are most active at night, usually coming out of their hiding places a few hours after you switched off the lights. The odd one seen at daytime often indicates more hiding somewhere in your home.
Most of us do not like cockroaches, because they send shivers down our spines with their creepy appearance. But there is a lot more to cockroaches which is really worrying. Due to their close association with filth, they breed for example in drains and also feed on feces. Cockroaches are transmitters of numerous diseases: They transmit Dysentery, Typhoid and Hepatitis and, when walking over our food, leave a trail of bacteria, the most prominent being salmonella food poisoning. On top of that they also have very powerful allergens which make them a main source for allergies and asthma.
So how can we find out whether there are roaches in the house and how do we get rid of them?
One very good way to find out if there are cockroaches in the house is called the Vegas roach trap. It is a home-made monitoring device, perfectly suited for households. It is very easy to make: All you need is a glass, such as pickle or gherkin glasses and a sock. Pull the sock over the glass and fill it with a little bit of water and coffee smudge. The best is the leftover smudge after making filter coffee from ground coffee. In case this is not available, a bit of toasted bread and beer will also do the job. Place the trap in some dark corner in the kitchen, preferably under the sink or similar place and wait one night. Cockroaches will be attracted to the smell, climb on top of the glass using the sock and fall into it and the drown in the liquid
The Vegas roach trap is a good way to find out whether there are cockroaches in the home, but it cannot cope with larger infestations. In case there are a lot of cockroaches it is always a good idea to call a professional pest controller for advice.