Cockroach Pest Control Methods: How to Keep Them Out of Your Home
Cockroaches become more plentiful when it’s wetter, and the late summer rains have been intense. The heat and humidity make a perfect environment for cockroach breeding, which means a lot of them will be coming indoors soon. How can you prevent roaches in the home?
- Stop the Flow: Good roach pest control stops with eliminating their entry point. Roaches typically make their way inside from outside, and that means that one good method to end the problem is to close the door. Unfortunately, it’s not as easy as closing your front door or back door. The roaches have probably found another door entirely, and if you can seal that, you can keep them out. Look for gaps in the walls or tile, or any other small crevices on the outside of your home. Use caulk or close it up as well as weather stripping around your windows and doors to put an end to the problem. There are many different types of roaches in Worcester, but no matter which one you’re dealing with, they need a way into your home.
- Clean Up: Roach removal experts will tell you that keeping things clean means keeping pests like roaches out. Make sure your food is in sealed containers and, if you have a pet, be sure you keep their food in a covered dish or just feed them once a day. Wipe down your stove and your countertop to eliminate crumbs. Try to keep the food limited to a single area of the house, too, as that will help keep the roaches from spreading.
- Call A Pest Management Team: A roach extermination company is the best method of roach control available. DIY methods just don’t work as well as they should, and one call to the professionals is usually the only way to get and keep roaches out of your home.
Keeping Roaches out of Your Home
There are lots of myths floating around about cockroaches. Some will tell you they can’t withstand a nuclear explosion. Others will suggest that they have no natural predators. Some will even tell you the bigger the roach, the bigger the problem. None of those things are true. What is true, though, is that if you have a cockroach problem in your home, you put your health in danger. No one wants to walk into the kitchen and see a roach scurry across the counter. Fortunately, with these cockroach control tips, it doesn’t have to happen to you.
- Tip #1 – Mind the Gap: You could have gaps outside of your home without ever really realizing it. Cockroaches don’t need a lot of space to squeeze in, so if you have any spaces outside where the foundation is damaged or your siding has experienced a bit of wear and tear, you have an invitation for cockroaches to come in. This can be a fairly easy one to remedy. Use a tube of caulk to fill any possible spaces where they might get in. Look at gaps in the foundation, siding, or even utility entry lines. If there’s a small crevice or a hole to the outside world, you can bet that a cockroach can get in.
- Tip #2 – Stop Feeding Them: You probably think you’re not feeding them, right? You could be wrong. As you clean to help eliminate your roach problem, think about a few things. When was the last time you cleaned under and behind the stove? Behind that refrigerator? What about the toaster? All of those hidden spots could have enough crumbs, grease, and food spills to sustain a roach colony for quite some time. While you’re cleaning, don’t neglect the kitchen cabinets. Crumbs and food spills there, too, can attract roaches. Be sure you go ahead and put all of your food in a sealed container so roaches can’t access it. You’ll want to clean the floors throughout your house pretty frequently, too. Vacuum and sweep any area where you might find food every few days, and it will help to collect any roach egg sacs that have collected as well. Cleaning the kitchen each night before you go to bed can help too, as roaches do most of their feeding right before bedtime.
- Tip #3 – Don’t Give Them a Place to Hide: Roaches are always looking for small, dark spaces to hide in throughout the daylight hours. You may be providing that for them without even realizing you have a problem. If you seal the cracks and crevices inside your home, you can keep them out. If you notice holes surrounding the pipes or in light and wall fixtures, close them up. Make sure all of your windows and door frames are as tight as possible to prevent any gaps from occurring. Clearing the clutter in your home, too, can also help you prevent roach problems. Clutter is the perfect place to hide during the long daytime hours and eliminating it will help any potential roach problem you have immensely.
- Tip #4 – Pet Owners Beware: If you have pets, you may have a few potential trouble areas others don’t. Start by paying attention to your pet’s food and water spaces. Put the water dish outside overnight or be sure to empty it each night, then refill it in the morning. Roaches are always on the lookout for a source of water. Pet food should be placed in a tightly sealed container, too, to prevent roaches from getting in. Be sure you don’t leave a bowl of food out for your dog or cat. The same is true for almost any kind of indoor pet, as if a roach can get into the food supply, it can live off of it for quite some time. Wash your pet’s bedding frequently to help prevent roaches from living near or inside it.