A neighbors guide to roaches and bedbugs A

A neighbors guide to roaches and bedbugs A

A neighbors guide to roaches and bedbugs A BASIC EDUCATION ON HOUSEHOLD PESTS CREATED BY THE REFUGEE HOUSING PROGRAM MERCY HOUSING

Cockroaches Cockroaches -Can cause respiratory problems (asthma) -Can transmit digestive diseases

Cockroaches Where would a cockroach like to live? Cockroaches Answer: Cockroaches like places that are -dark

-warm -moist They can often be found in basements, under sinks, in crawlspaces and in cracks in walls. Some cockroaches hide in warm electronics equipment.

Cockroaches What would a cockroach eat? Cockroaches -Prefer sweets and decaying food

But also will eat: -paper -boots -hair -bread -fruit

-fish -peanuts -old rice -putrid wine -cloth -dead insects

Cockroaches What should I look for to know I have cockroaches? Cockroaches

Brown spots along walls and trim and near food (looks like black pepper) Cockroaches Cockroach eggs

Cockroaches Dead cockroaches Cockroaches

Live cockroaches! Cockroaches What can I do to prevent cockroaches?

Cockroaches Reduce food for cockroaches: -Store food in tightly-sealed containers -Take garbage out every day -Pick up stacks of newspapers -Wash dishes immediately

-Clean counters, sinks and tables with soap -Vacuum at least twice a week and throw out bag -Sweep floors with broom daily -Do not leave pet food out overnight Cockroaches

Get rid of places for cockroaches to hide: -Remove piles of stuff like boxes, papers and clothes Cockroaches Do not bring cockroaches into your home.

Cockroaches Report repairs to management: -Leaks -Cracks under doors and near windows -Cracks in walls, holes near toilet or sink

-Loose wallpaper -Garbage piling up -Report evidence of cockroaches to management Cockroaches

Some poisons are effective: -Boric acid -Bait stations -Sprays: look for For Ants and Roaches -Extreme cold kills cockroaches

Do not spray on surfaces where food will be! Do not put where children can access! Bedbugs Bedbugs

Cause skin irritation but dont transmit disease. Bedbugs Where would bedbugs like to live?

Bedbugs A: Bedbugs like to live in many places: -Along the seams in mattresses -Under rugs -In piles of clothes -Under loose wallpaper

-Along picture frames -Cracks in walls -In curtains and wall hangings Bedbugs

Where are the bedbugs? Bedbugs A: Bedbugs can be found in almost any housing,

from luxury hotels to inexpensive apartments Bedbugs What is dinner for a bedbug? Bedbugs

A: -Bedbugs feed on human blood -Bedbugs will also sometimes feed on animals -They can go 6 months without eating and survive

Bedbugs What should I look for to know I have bedbugs? Bedbugs

Rashes (maybe) Bedbugs Live bedbugs in mattresses and in other hiding places.

Bedbugs Brown spots on mattresses Bedbugs

-Sweet smell -Note: Sticky traps do not usually detect bedbugs Bedbugs What can I do to prevent bedbugs?

Bedbugs Dont bring in furniture from the dumpster Look for signs of infestation before accepting furniture

Bedbugs Vacuum daily and throw away vacuum bags Do not share vacuums with neighbors Vacuum around creases of

mattresses and couches Lift rugs and vacuum under Bedbugs -Do not hang fabric as wall decoration -Do not allow long curtains to touch floor

-Tuck bedding into mattress to prevent bugs from climbing up -Remove piles of clothing from floor Bedbugs What should I do if I get bedbugs?

-Report right away! The longer you wait, the worse it gets. -When pest control comes, follow preparation instructions -Understand that bedbugs are VERY difficult to get rid of

Bedbugs Contain the problem: -Put containers of soap under the legs of beds -Cover beds with plastic mattress covers

-Wash all clothes and fabrics in hot soapy water and dry all clothes on high heat. Throw plastic bags carrying clothes away. -Iron or steam couches and other furniture -Keep piles of clothes off the floor

What can you do? For questions, comments or amendments to this presentation, please contact: Leslie Olson-Paul Refugee Housing Program

Mercy Housing [email protected] 479-721-8976 For more information about the Refugee Housing Program, visit: www.refugeehouse.org

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