Don’t Let Roaches Take Over Your Home with These Sensible Tips
“There’s a roach on the kitchen counter!” It’s a terrifying idea, right? It’s one almost no one wants to face, and yet thousands of people discover roaches in their homes every single day. Luckily, there are ways to keep roaches out of your house and to deal with them if they’re already there. But it all starts with an understanding of why they want to come in so badly.
Food, Water, Shelter
Every good roach pest control expert will tell you that roaches want the same thing as every other creature on the planet. They want something to eat, something to drink, and a safe place to stay. They can usually find all three in the hidden spaces of your home, which is part of what makes roach removal so difficult – and why you need to call in the professionals.
Every day, you see only a tiny fraction of your home. A pest like a roach, though, sees so much more. There are spaces behind your walls, behind your cabinets, under your floor, in your ceiling, in your attic, and even behind your furniture – places to hide and nest in comfortably. A dropped crumb can sustain a roach for some time to come, and a single drop of water from a spill or even a leaky pipe is enough to sustain them. It’s this ability to hide almost anywhere and survive on what humans consider to be nothing, that makes roach control so difficult. Fortunately, it’s not impossible.
Steps Toward Prevention
Don’t want roaches in your house? There are many things you can do to prevent the intrusion. It starts with keeping your home clean. Cockroaches like food residue, so ensuring your home doesn’t have that is an absolute must. To that end, you’ll want to keep dirty dishes out of the sink as much as possible. Additionally, make sure your stovetop and eating areas are wiped down after use and that your floor is swept. If you have kids in the house, you may also want to institute a “no food outside of the kitchen” policy to help control the number of areas that have to be cleaned daily.
Keeping things clean is only one step in the right direction, though. You’ll also want to seal any cracks or holes that allow roaches to easily access various parts of your home. If you have a bit too much space where utilities come into your home, use caulk to seal it. If there are cracks inside the pantry or even above the baseboard, you’ll want to seal those too.
You should also create a plan to address any leaks in your home. Roaches are attracted to moisture, and you can usually eliminate most of the places they might find in your home. Even if it’s just a drip from the bathroom faucet, fix it as soon as possible. If you’re worried about roaches, you don’t even want to overwater any plants you have inside, as that could encourage the roaches to make your house their home.
Once They’ve Arrived
You should re-direct your efforts from roach prevention to roach removal the moment you spot a roach. Typically, if you see one roach, you already have a problem that is demanding a solution. While many people turn to off-the-shelf roach sprays, that’s probably not where you want to go if you’re serious about getting rid of roaches in your home. Wondering why? The answer is two-fold. First, they’re not very likely to work. A roach spray won’t reach what you can’t see. More than that, though, you contaminate every single thing the spray touches; and the last thing you probably want is your kids eating off of dishes that accidentally caught some of that overspray.
The better bet is to call in a professional roach control team. You’re going to get a far more effective approach that actually eliminates any roach problem you have when you call residential pest control professionals like Ransford, and you don’t have to deal with the hassle of deciding which useless spray to buy, then applying it with potentially problematic consequences. Instead, you just get lasting results, which could leave your kitchen roach free in a matter of hours. To learn more about how we can help you manage your roach problems, contact us today.