What can I do to help minimize or get rid of cockroaches?

Cockroaches thrive where food and water are available to them. Even tiny amounts of crumbs or liquids caught between cracks provide a food source. Important sanitation measures include the following: store food in insect-proof containers such as glass jars or re-sealable plastic containers, keep garbage and trash containers with tight fitting lids and use liners. Remove trash, newspapers, magazines, piles of paper bags, rags, boxes, and other items that provide hiding places and harborage. Eliminate plumbing leaks and correct other sources of free moisture. Increase ventilation where condensation is a problem. Vacuum cracks and crevices to remove food and debris. Be sure surfaces where food or beverages have been spilled are cleaned up immediately. Vacuuming also removes cockroaches, shed skins, and egg capsules.

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1. What is the best way to monitor cockroach populations?
2. What can I do to help minimize or get rid of cockroaches?
3. Do cockroaches spread diseases?
4. My rental unit has cockroaches, what should I do?
5. Can Tri-County Health Department make my landlord get rid of cockroaches in my rental property?
6. What is a good pest control company?
7. How long after an exterminator visits and sprays/places traps/etc. should it take cockroaches to die off completely?