Cockroaches are among the world’s most common household pests. Dealing with a cockroach infestation is a nightmare for any homeowner. Roaches quickly reproduce and can carry disease. That’s why it’s important to take immediate action when you find roaches in your house.
Here are four tips for preventing cockroaches from entering your home.
Eliminate Sources of Food
The best way to prevent cockroaches is to give them no reason to enter your home. Don’t give them access to food, shelter, or moisture.
- Don’t leave any food sitting out.
- Store dry foods in containers that are tightly sealed.
- Rinse all cans and bottles before you recycle them.
- Empty your garbage can every day.
- Don’t leave any standing liquids in the sink.
Keeping your work surfaces clean is an important step in getting rid of roaches. Make sure to keep your counters free of crumbs and debris, clean up spills right away, and vacuum your home often. Roaches become more active at night, so it’s also a good idea to remove your pet’s food and water dishes before nightfall.
Clutter gives cockroaches a place to hide. Get rid of any unused boxes, stacks of magazines and newspapers, or other clutter from your floors and cupboards. Remove any unused appliances or furniture from your home. This will eliminate places that roaches can hide.
Block Entrance Points
Check your home for weak spots that allow roaches a way in. Seal any cracks you find in your walls. Keep your drains clean and repair damaged pipes. Check for cracks under your sinks and cabinets and repair any crevices that you find. If you have wooden shelves, paint or varnish them. This will seal crevices and cracks that provide hiding spots for roaches.
Eliminating roaches on your own isn’t always easy. If you’re struggling to get rid of cockroaches, contact us to schedule extermination service.