Despite background checks and credit checks, property managers generally cannot determine which homes will be infested with cockroaches. Even with quarterly pest control treatment, severe infestations can occur. Many times, the infestations aren’t discovered until after the tenant has moved or until maintenance is required inside the home. Exterminators can kill the roaches and their eggs, but most commercial cleaning services will not clean the excrement. A cockroach cleaning service can be a great asset to anyone owning or managing rental properties.
1. Vacuum Roach Carcasses and Loose Debris
A cockroach cleaning service should follow certain procedures to be the most effective. In order to begin the cleaning process, a HEPA-filtered vacuum cleaner should be used. If the infestation is in one room, set up containment. Use the vacuum cleaner to remove all carcasses and loose material throughout the room. In kitchens, remove the drawers and vacuum the inside, bottom, and outside of each drawer. Vacuum the shelving, continuing to the back of the shelves. You may need a flashlight in some areas. Continue this process on all ceilings, walls, windows, frames, molding, furniture, etc. until all areas are completed. Remove the vacuum cleaner from the home when you finish.
2. Cleaning the Accumulated Feces
Most roach feces will be completely dry. A cockroach cleaning service will rehydrate the feces, making it easier to remove. Depending on the surface the feces is on, use an abrasive pad safe for that surface. For example, you can use more abrasive pads on a stainless steel sink than a finished cabinet door or flat paint on a wall. Complete one section before moving to the next. You may need multiple pads for each area and may need to rehydrate the areas multiple times.
Roach Feces Before
Roach Feces After
3. Apply An EPA-Registered Disinfectant To Affected Areas
Once the visible feces has been removed from the surface, use an ATP meter to ensure proper cleaning has taken place. A professional cockroach cleaning service will have a meter and illustrate before and after meter readings. Apply an EPA-registered disinfectant to all areas the roaches have come in contact with.
Keep in mind that a fungus that grows on cockroach feces has been linked to asthma, so proper respiratory protection should be used throughout the process. If the infestation occurred in an apartment or shared community, an air scrubber should be used in the affected areas. Some cockroach cleaning service technicians may choose to wear biohazard suits with booties and gloves during the cleaning.