A woman is pleading for suggestions on how to get rid of a German cockroach infestation from her home ‘in a humane way’.
Posting on a Sydney vegan Facebook page, the woman said her landlord was going to spray her apartment to destroy the infestation but she was looking for a way to remove the pests without killing them.
“So far the ideas I have are trying to keep everything clean and dry (a tough ask as I have a toddler and very little extra time for housework); have plugs in all sinks at night and cover floor drains; get containers and bins with tight fitting lids; set humane traps,” she wrote.
“What else can I do? And how can I release the roaches from the humane traps in a way that doesn’t let them come back? Even if I put them in the outside rubbish bin I think they’ll crawl back, and if they’re in a container in there then it may not be kind.”
Other members of the vegan page understood the woman wanted to remove the cockroaches from her home in a humane way, but said they had to be killed.
“Unpopular opinion but just get it sprayed. Same with termites, fleas etc. Yes it sucks but sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do,” one said.
“I understand why you would want to be humane but I say kill the cockroaches by any means necessary,” another commented.
Pest expert from ABC Pest Control, Warren Bailey, told Yahoo News Australia there was no humane way to get rid of cockroaches and they needed to be exterminated.
“You have to kill them, they carry diseases,” he said.
“For example, if they are in your kitchen, go to the bathroom, go back to the kitchen bench, then germs and bacteria can spread very easily.”
Mr Bailey said the presence of German cockroaches could also cause asthma attacks due to aggravating allergens.
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