Cockroach Exclusion Can Mitigate Risk Of Infestation
December 30, 2017 - Cockroaches
One of the most effective means of cockroach control and prevention is maintaining sanitary conditions in and around your home. While cockroaches are primarily drawn to warmth, moisture, and shelter, particularly during the winter months, ensuring that your home is clean and free of any materials that may prove to be food for cockroaches is certainly an important precaution. In fact, sanitation is so important that many roach-removal programs will likely fail if you neglect this important aspect.
While some control and extermination methods, such as spraying pesticides and setting bait traps, might go part of the way towards fighting a cockroach infestation, these pests are ubiquitous and tenacious, not to mention that they can breed extremely quickly. Even a few cockroaches, if given access to food and water, can lead to an infestation that can get wildly out of hand.
Cockroaches are also attracted to moisture and will seek out anywhere inside your home where moisture tends to collect, like kitchens, basements, and bathrooms. Kitchens in particular are a critical area to keep clean, as there’s both plenty of food and water to sustain a large number of these pests right under a homeowner’s nose.
During the winter, cockroaches may find their way inside your home through even the tiniest cracks and crevices in search of food and water. While it may not be possible to seal off every conceivable opening, maintaining the integrity of your pipes and faucets can go a long way towards heading off a cockroach problem before it begins. For example, placing wet dishrags directly in the dryer or washing machine, or plugging the drains of sinks or bathtubs before you go to sleep at night will help to eliminate enticing water sources.
Another problem facing homeowners when it comes to eliminating cockroaches is the fact that these pests mostly remain dormant during the day, and they’re most active (and visible) at night while the household is asleep. However, by systematically eliminating potential hiding spots, you’ll be able to flush out these pests or, better yet, mitigate the risk of an infestation altogether.
Roaches love to hide in cracks and crevices in furniture and walls, which you can easily seal up with a simple caulking gun. Homeowners also often neglect to make sure that windows are firmly closed and secured, which it one of the most obvious and yet overlooked ways in which pests can enter your home from outside.
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If cockroaches or other pests have made unwanted appearances around your home or business, call Cantu Pest & Termite and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced cockroach removal experts.