Now that springtime is behind us and the warm summer months are in full swing, it’s time to begin thinking about all those nasty pests that want nothing more than to use your home as their own personal buffet.
One of these, of course, is the cockroach. Of all the pest problems that a homeowner can experience, cockroach infestations are among the worst. Although these insects can live in nearly any environment, the warm weather tends to bring them out in droves. The good news, however, is that there are ways to prevent cockroach infestations, and we’re here to tell you how.
Avoid leaks or other water sources
Cockroaches are drawn to places where there is a water source available, much like other insects. If your home has leaky pipes, especially outside, this can bring these pests to your home by the dozens, if not more. Any leaky pipes should be fixed immediately. And if your outdoor landscaping includes water sources like a fountain or pond, make sure you’re keeping up their maintenance.
Keep your kitchens clean
Trash is the number one attractant for cockroaches. They’re not in your home to hang around and have fun — they need to eat. They can feed on a variety of substances, not just traditional food, but trash is still a likely source of sustenance for these creatures. Cleaning your kitchen on a daily basis will remove much of the foodstuffs that bring these insects — and other pests — into your home, greatly reducing their numbers.
Seal leftovers and remove trash immediately
These tips are an extension of keeping your kitchen clean. When you have leftovers, don’t leave them on an open plate inside your fridge. Not only is this bad for the food, it promotes the accumulation of insects, including cockroaches. This food must be sealed in airtight containers to cover up any smells that might get out. As for trash, throwing it away in a receptacle is a great start, but to keep the odors from attracting cockroaches, take the garbage outside pronto.
Hire a professional for preventive pest control
Cockroach infestations don’t typically happen overnight. They take a while to build up as more and more of the dirty critters come inside your home looking for food. Once the first few begin to reproduce, it can be rather difficult to get rid of them. Pest control experts are well-trained in getting rid of cockroach infestations once they’ve begun, but preventive pest control is a great option. This basically comes down to periodic visits by a pest control expert to check for any signs of cockroaches and other insects, and apply whatever poisons, traps, or other methods will help keep the insects away.
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