3 Ways to Keep Cockroaches Away This Summer

  • Written by: Killingsworth Environmental
  • July 27, 2017

How to Keep Cockroaches Out of Your Home

When you’re controlling a cockroach infestation, you will need all hands on deck. It’s important to note that they thrive off of moisture, food, and shelter. So our plan of action to prevent these invaders is to cut off these three things that make them feel at home.

1. Food

First and foremost, when you notice a cockroach, it’s important to clean, clean, clean. If you have a habit of leaving dishes in the dishwasher or sink, you have to change your habits. Wash dishes immediately and be sure to rinse out the sink and strainer from food particles when you are finished. You should also store all food items, including your pet’s food, in sealed containers.

Regularly vacuum and mop floors and wipe down all countertops to remove any crumbs that might be lingering. An often overlooked area of the kitchen is that area between the stove and the counters where food particles and grease may build up. You should take out and clean behind the refrigerator, stove and other appliances regularly.

2. Moisture

Cockroaches, like many other pests, are drawn to water. Cockroaches are known as drain bugs for a reason–they love the moisture in your drains! In addition, look for water sources throughout the home including any leaky pipes, sitting water, and condensation buildup. These should be fixed immediately, especially in the kitchen and bathroom areas.

Areas that you might have overlooked in the past include your pet’s water bowl, any refrigerator condensation, or water sitting in bowls in the sink. These should all be emptied and cleaned regularly.

3. Shelter

Last but not least, the best way to prevent a cockroach coming in is to seal your house borders. Examine the house for any cracks and crevices and seal them up! Cockroaches like to live near their food and moisture source and are likely hiding within these rooms of your home.

Even the outside of your home can use some maintenance. Cut back any vegetation that might be giving them a place to stay before they sneak in. We recommend that you avoid storing firewood near the home to prevent clutter. Clutter, in or outside your home, provides areas for cockroaches to hide and reproduce.

Yes, we said reproduce. In a lifetime, a female cockroach is capable of producing almost 400 eggs.

This makes cockroaches a very difficult pest to control. To make matters worse, over the years we have seen cockroaches build up a resistance to many insecticides, particularly those sold over the counter, making it harder to control on your own.

If you have a cockroach problem in your home, please don’t wait. Contact our pest removal professionals today and we will get you clear in no time.

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