Finding a cockroach in our home is something we all fear. Aside from simply being unpleasant to live with, proteins found in the saliva and feces of these pests can trigger allergy and asthma symptoms, posing a significant health risk for your and your family. Once a few cockroaches take up residence in your home, they will invite others, lay eggs and multiply quickly until you have a full-blown infestation on your hands. At that point, you have a problem that can only be solved by a pest control company. What can you do to prevent an invasion in the first place? We've got some tips on how to keep these pests away.
Pull Up the Welcome Mat
Roaches love your home for three reasons: easy access to food, water and heat. If you've got crumb-strewn counter tops and kitchen floors, you might as well be laying down a welcome mat at your doorstep. Cockroaches also need a plentiful supply of water, which they can easily find in most homes. Removing easy access to food and water is an effective and simple way to discourage cockroaches from calling your home theirs. How do you do that? Here are a few things you can try:
- Sweep floors daily and keep counter tops clean.
- Remove dry packaged foods from their boxes and store in plastic containers with tight-fitting lids to prevent access to food.
- Repair leaking pipes, faucets and water supply lines to cut off their water supply.
Cockroaches can live for a month without food, but only a week without water. Cutting off their water supply with plumbing repairs takes more effort than simply sweeping the floor every night, but will be far more effective in combating a pest problem.
Eliminate Access to Your Home
Cockroaches enter your home through small cracks in the exterior. Use a waterproof caulk to seal cracks in the foundation, around window casings and near doorways. Examine the interior spaces as well. Caulking to seal any crack larger than 1/8 inch wide will prevent access. Look for cracks around baseboards and plumbing.
Eliminate Hiding Places
Cockroaches are nocturnal pests. They come out of hiding at night to feed, drink and reproduce. Eliminating dark hiding places will make your home less friendly to cockroaches. Move stacks of firewood, paper, cardboard or other debris away from the home's exterior.
Know When to Call a Professional Pest Control Company
If you see activity during the day time, then you likely have a serious infestation on your hands. You can try store bought pest control devices, but they will not be a match for a serious infestation. Professional pest control companies can conduct a thorough home inspection, recommend preventative action, apply professional grade pesticide, and set follow-up appointments as necessary to ensure that your home remains pest free.
If you have seen any evidence of cockroaches in your home, we recommend that you immediately take the steps listed above, and then call us at 859-635-7793 to conduct an in-home inspection. At Snowball Pest Control, we use natural, effective pest repellents that are safe, economical and friendly to the environment. The health and safety of your family and pets are our highest priorities.