Cockroaches have a terrible reputation despite being one of the least offensive pests to have. Cousins of the termite, cockroaches have evolved to be able to survive a range of climates, from arctic temperatures to extreme heat. Of the 4,600 different species of cockroaches, only 30 or so have been known to build shelters in human habitats.
Cockroaches typically invade a home in search of food, often finding food debris, pet food bowls, and open sources of water. However, cockroaches can go up to a month without food and just because they aren’t visible in your kitchen doesn’t mean they aren’t hiding nearby. Left untreated, cockroaches can quickly reproduce and sometimes come with an unpleasant odor. If you think cockroaches have taken shelter in your home, call Etheridge Pest Services today.
Tips for preventing Cockroaches
Cockroaches are food hunters, so the easiest way to prevent roaches from invading your home is by keeping it clean. Regular vacuuming and sweeping can help keep food crumbs off the floor for pests to find.
Pay special attention to kitchen floors and counter tops. Make it a habit to clean your counters after cooking. Teach children about cleaning up after themselves and preventing spills. Keep cleaning products nearby so you can ensure your kitchen is spotless.
To prevent roaches from entering your home at all, check all windows and doorways for cracks and spaces that they may be entering through. This tip is not only good for roaches, but all pests in general.
Keep food sealed. Make sure to close all opened bags and food boxes when you’re done with them. Cockroaches can chew through most food packaging too, so if you suspect you may have a roach problem, consider transfering food in cardboard boxes to plastic food storage containers.
Keep things dry. Check for any leaking faucets or pipes that can be free water sources for cockroaches. Even pet water bowls can be a water source. Consider a raised bowl to keep it off the ground. In serious cases, you can use a dehumidifier to dry up areas like bathrooms or basements.
Clean up your home. The less clutter there is for roaches to hide behind and under, the easier it will be to get rid of them and detect them. Wipe down high-use surfaces. Simplify your space by putting away unused items.