Tips for Preventing Cockroaches

Cockroaches, or any pests for that matter, are a source of headaches and stress. No matter how orderly your home is, it loses its value when tiny creatures are infesting the area. Cockroaches are everywhere. Sometimes, even top restaurants have them. When preventing a cockroach infestation, it is vital first to understand them. 

Cockroaches are small, flat, reddish-brown insects. The adult American cockroach can grow up to 3 inches. They can survive both indoor and outdoor environments. They usually stay in warm, damp, and dark areas. And while their natural habitat are trees, they end up in homes and establishments in search of food. Cockroaches pass through tiny holes, cracks, drains, sewage systems to enter our spaces. They are always on the lookout for spilled food and crumbs. They can also eat leaves, fungi, smaller insects, and wood.  

Since they are known to wander in dirty areas. They are typically a carrier of different bacteria, worms, and pathogens. Cockroach infesting human spaces can be a reason for various diseases, such as allergy, asthma, and bacterial infection. If you see any sign of cockroach infestation, such as the presence of droppings, or their actual presence in your area, do the following right away: 

  1. Do not leave any sources of food lying around the house. The main reason why cockroaches enter our spaces is to look for food. Any leftover food found on our kitchen counters and dining tables will attract these pests.
  2. Clean everything. From the surfaces in your home to the under the sink cabinets, everything must be cleaned thoroughly. Use anti-bacterial sprays to ensure the area is germ-free. There are times when sources of food, such as crumbs fall into hard to reach areas. Make sure to clean those as well.
  3. Do not leave dirty dishes in the sink. Spraying a little bit of water on your plate when you’re done using and leaving it in the sink overnight is like catnip to cockroaches. They love these greasy and saucy plates so much!
  4. Vacuum at least once a week. Make sure to vacuum the entire house. Focus on hard to reach areas, such as the sides of the sofa, underneath the bed, etc.
  5. Do not leave trash inside for too long. Waste must be taken out as frequently as possible. Even when trash bins are closed, cockroaches seem to find their way into the trash!
  6. Unfinished pet food must be appropriately kept. Sometimes, our pets do not finish their meal, and they tend to leave the food in their bowls. Once you see an unfinished pet meal, make sure to cover them before sleeping at night. Cockroaches can eat dog/cat food as well!
  7. Ensure everything is sealed off. Check your walls, attic, windows, doors, for any possible openings. if you find any openings, take the time to close anything off.
  8. Hire a professional pest control service. No matter how clean and orderly you are, sometimes these pesky pests get their way. When this happens, the best course of action is to call the experts immediately. They will schedule your house for inspection and advise you on the proper procedure.

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