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Cockroaches, Unwelcome Guests


Cockroaches, Unwelcome Guests!

The ever proliferating and almost indestructible cockroaches are a matter of concern for every household. Try to control the infestation of cockroaches at an early stage and take action to minimise or eliminate  their numbers, otherwise they can create unhygienic and hazardous conditions at your home. It is essential to eradicate cockroaches as they can be dangerous for your health. Every time it is not possible to use pest control services, therefore  instant measures like cockroach killer sprays can help you  in your battle against cockroaches. Consumer VOICE presents an exclusive user test report of 4 brands of cockroach killer sprays to help you in getting rid of cockroaches. However it is mandatory to observe all due precautions when using these hazardous products. 

Types of Cockroaches

Types of Cockroaches
Cockroaches are insects that belong to the Blattaria or Blattodea order. They are found especially in moist and dirty areas. There are 6 major types of cockroaches that enter our households. To get rid of cockroaches, it is necessary to identify their types. Apart from being a nuisance, they cause illness, allergic reactions and also transmit a number of pathogenic organisms.


  • Asian Cockroach
  • American Cockroach
  • Smokeybrown Cockroach
  • Oriental Cockroach
  • Brown banded Cockroach
  • German Cockroach

Asian cockroach
As its name suggests, this type of cockroaches are most commonly found in Southeast Asia. Asian cockroaches are almost the same as the German ones. First introduced in the United States in 1980s, the Asian cockroaches have spread all over the world now. These types of cockroaches can eat from any available food source. The Asian cockroach is a good flyer and can fly 120 feet or more to infest home or outside. These are prolific breeders and reach peak population during the spring season.  

Unwelcome Guests

What Cockroaches Eat And Health Hazards Caused By Them
The food list of cockroaches includes a wide range  from book bindings, paper, cooked food to human flesh. Cockroaches cause an array of health hazards. Researchers said that they carry numerous diseases and can trigger asthma attacks. They can be a major medium in transmitting bacteria and viruses. There is possibility of breathing problems for the people who live in cockroach infested dwelling.  

To get rid of cockroaches cleanliness is a must. Many steps can  be taken to prevent cockroach infestation at home. 

  • In kitchen, you should clean all counters, tables  and stovetops after all meals, snacks, and food preparations.
  • Avoid leaving dirty dishes in the sink, kitchen counter, or in the dishwasher overnight.
  • Remove all bundles of cardboards, newspapers, etc. from both inside and around the home.
  • Fix leaky pipes, toilets, and other plumbing problems.
  • Repair all cracks or breakage throughout the home, especially  around plumbing, electrical, and gas lines, as well as in places like cupboards and walls.
  • Keep all stored food and garbage in tightly sealed containers and bins respectively.
  • Do not leave your food open before consumption and clean spills (if there is any) immediately.


Cockroach Killer Sprays
The instant option to stop cockroach infestation is the cockroach killer sprays easily available in the market. However, some other branded and local remedies are also there to get rid of cockroaches, namely- pest control services, sticks, powders, pastes and liquids. But consumers often opt for sprays  over other options as these are effective and take less time. Although taking recourse to pest control service is the best thing to do for stopping all types of insects, but sometimes consumers cannot manage to take help of pest control service for lack of time and other reasons. In such situations sprays can provide on the spot, quick and timely help. But there are some disadvantages also, some people are allergic to the smell of these sprays and feel irritation, suffocation  and might even suffer convulsion. During the usage of a pest control spray you should always follow  instructions and leave the room at least for 20-30 minutes. Some disposal and use instructions are given by each brand we tested, those are as follows-

Symptoms of Poisoning
Nervousness, anxiety, ataxia, convulsion and allergic manifestation.

Disposal of Used Container
Destroy and burry empty container, surplus materials and washing under 18 soil surface at a safe disposable site in non-crop land and away from habitation, so as to prevent environmental or water pollution and contamination of animal feed. Used containers should not be kept outside for reuse. 

Direction To Use Sprays
Press the button of the aerosol can, keeping the nozzle away from you. Remove or cover the exposed food before spraying. Remove pets, birds, and remove the fish aquaria before spraying. Spray directly from about 30 cm on to the insects and their hiding places. If the spray is heavy, do not enter the room for 30 minutes.

The Test
The Indian cockroach killer spray market has 4 major players namely: Hit, Mortein, Baygon and Maxo. We distributed the samples along with a comprehensive questionnaire. Our users were happy to receive the samples as cockroach infestation reaches its peak during monsoon season. But they said that these sprays are just a temporary remedy to fight cockroach invasion. They also said that cockroach killer sprays should be applied every week to keep cockroaches away from home, otherwise they come back within a week. Even some of our users, who follow the principle of "Less chemicals in and around the house - the better", said that since insects like cockroaches and flies have  easy access to any household and for that occasional help from these kinds of products is mandatory, especially in urban areas.

Cockroaches have been around since the time of dinosaurs!
A cockroach can live almost a month without food.
A cockroach can live about two weeks without water.
Some female cockroaches only mate once and stay pregnant for life!
A cockroach can live for up to one week without its head!
Cockroaches can hold their breath for up to 40 minutes!
Cockroaches can run up to 3 miles at one hour.
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