Discovering a single cockroach in your home may not seem like a big deal. But unless you just had a downpour outside and a few unexpectant bugs show up to get out of the rain, cockroaches hardly ever come alone. Some species reach maturity in a single month and will soon begin starting families of their own. One cockroach out in the open may mean a few hundred cockroaches hidden in your walls. If you discover you have a cockroach infestation, you may have to make some changes around your home by increasing your cleaning routine, but that will only help keep future infestation from developing. A current infestation needs a professional who guarantees every cockroach in your home will be quickly eliminated.


Cockroaches need a reason to come inside your home. You may have stinky trash or simply a lidless trash can, you may have messy neighbors, or you may have kids who happily snack all over the house, leaving tiny morsels for the cockroaches to lap up.  Following a few tips will help cut down on the mess that attracts cockroaches. Basic prevention of cockroaches includes:

  • Sweeping after each meal
  • Wiping down countertops and tables regularly with an all purpose spray
  • Taking out trash as soon as it is full and storing outdoor garbage cans away from the house
  • Have open floors, free of cluttered corners
  • Use a dehumidifier in damp areas of the house such as in the bathroom or basement
  • Use eucalyptus or lavender essential oil around your kitchen and bathroom to repel cockroaches

Calling a cockroach control expert

Buying roach traps and spray-on-contact insecticides can kill the cockroaches that come out of their hiding places. But hiring a pest professional will completely eliminate every last cockroach by targeting their nests and eggs. A professional pest control technician will thoroughly inspect your home and begin treating areas of high activity so cockroaches will bring the insecticide back to their nests. Hiring a pest control company that keeps the safety of your children and pets at the forefront of all of their treatment plans will give you an added comfort that the cockroach infestation will be eliminated while avoiding bringing harmful chemicals into your home that could affect your family.

Risk factors

Cockroaches are known to carry diseases such salmonella, listeria, and even E. Coli.  You can not catch these diseases from seeing a cockroach but you can get sick if a cockroach nibbled on your food while you weren’t watching. Because cockroaches are constantly on the hunt, if they get into your pantry and rifle through your food, they can contaminate your dried goods without you knowing it.

For the best cockroach elimination services in Monterey, CA, give Target Pest Control a call today.