Getting rid of cockroaches may not be the first thing on your mind, until you see one. Then it’s likely the only thing you can think about. There is no quick and easy way to prevent roaches, but there are things you can do in your daily routine to help keep them out of your house.
Seal The Entrances
There are a lot of entrances to your home. Take note of every single one - windows, doors, holes in the walls, cracks in the floors, open pipes, etc. Roaches can come in through the littlest holes so be sure to take note of all of them. Go back and seal the holes and cracks with caulk, make sure your weather stripping is holding tight, and don’t leave the doors or windows open at any point. If you live in housing that shares walls with other families, such as an apartment, take note of any holes or cracks in any shared walls as roaches may come into your space through your neighbors as well.
Clean Up Your Food
Roaches are attracted to food residue, grease in particular. Take ample time to clean up after each meal. Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink overnight, don’t leave food crumbs at the table, and don’t leave dinner’s leftovers out on the counter overnight. Making a habit of taking 10 minutes each night to clean off the kitchen counters, wipe down the table, scrub off the dishes, and sweep the floor will help prevent the roaches from seeking food in your home. Containing the food to certain areas in your home will help keep your routine simplified. The more rooms in your home that you eat in, the more rooms that will need to be cleaned daily.
Storing your pantry foods in sealed containers and taking out your trash daily are two more great ways to prevent inviting roaches into your home. Roaches are not just attracted to human food, however, so be sure to empty out pet food bowls each night as well.
Cut Off Their Water Supply
Like all living creatures, roaches need food and water to live. Roaches can only go a few days without water before they will die and they are attracted to moisture. Ensuring that the pipes in your home are leak free is an important part of preventing roach infestations. Check to make sure that your sinks are not dripping, your toilets are not leaking and that your drains are not clogged.
If you do find yourself having an infestation of roaches, call a professional to take care of the job.
No matter what your pest control needs may be, Safety First Pest Control can get it taken care of. Contact us today if you’re experiencing pesky pest problems. We are a family-owned and operated business that has been servicing Mobile and Baldwin Counties since 1999! It is our goal to provide you with excellent service. You can reach us at (251) 990-0047.
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