Handle Winter Roach Control with a Professional Pest Control Plan
Did you know that the world’s largest roach is six inches in length? Luckily, in Massachusetts, roaches aren’t quite that big, but that doesn’t mean they’re not a problem for many homeowners, especially this time of year. That makes a good roach control plan that much more important.
The DIY Method
Many people see a roach in the kitchen, assume the infestation is worse than they’d imagined, and head for the local hardware store to clean out the roach baits, roach sprays, and bug bombs. This is absolutely the wrong approach to roach removal. The reality is that it involves far more than just spraying some insecticide or putting down a bit of bait. Instead, roach control typically involves dealing with them holistically, and that can often mean contacting a roach exterminator like Ransford PC to help.
Why Professional Help Matters
Roaches can easily hide where you can’t reach them, and all of those roach control methods offered on the shelf of your hardware store can actually be dangerous if they’re not deployed correctly. Worse still, though, is the fact that a spray or bait can rarely reach all of the roaches where they are, and that makes it essential to get a bit of professional help so you can get rid of the problem before it gets worse. Luckily, you can do a few things to make our job easier.
Five Things You Can Do Now to Cut Your Roach Population
When you give us a call, we’ll make an appointment to see you pretty quickly because we want to get a handle on your roach problem as soon as possible. That said, there are a few things you can do before we arrive.
- Clean Everything! Roaches are looking for the same thing you are – a warm place to live, great access to food and plenty of water. The first step you can take is to clean everything. Wash the dishes and put them away after every single meal. Clean up crumbs and spills immediately, and take the trash out before you go to bed. Make sure you clean your stove on a regular basis, and mop on a regular basis, and try to limit food consumption to one main area of your home.
- Reduce the Clutter! Roaches are continually looking for a good place to hide, and if you have cardboard boxes, newspapers, or just lots of clutter in your home, you’re providing that for them. Eliminate those dark, small spaces from your house so the roaches will be forced out in the open.
- Seal From the Outside! Gaps in screens, doors, or even your siding mean a great way for the roaches to get into your house. Seal those cracks and crevices with a caulk gun so they can’t continually use them as a doorway in. If you have spots in the foundation that need repair, you’ll likely want to handle that, too, as the last thing you want is more roaches to invade your home.
- Fix Those Leaks! Leaky pipes, whether the leak is in your bathtub or under your house, are a great water source for roaches, so the sooner you fix the problem, the better off you’ll be. Fix those leaking pipes as soon as possible so that you remove any water source they might have had access to.
- Keep Food Access to a Minimum! Roaches want food, and they’ll be happy to invade your cereal box to get it. Make sure you’ve sealed all of your food in airtight containers. You may even want to consider taking that fruit bowl off the counter just to ensure they can’t get to anything in your house.
Roach pest control can be managed when you have a good professional pest control plan in place. We’re here to help and can answer any questions you may have to get rid of roaches.