Pest Spotlight: Cockroach Prevention
How to keep cockroaches out of your home or business
If you have cockroaches in your home, they can cause a headache. In some cases they can even make you sick. Here’s what you need to know about cockroach prevention.
The Problem with Cockroaches
- They contaminate food by defecating on it and leaving behind hair, dead skin, and empty egg shells.
- The presence of cockroach allergens can worsen the symptoms of asthma.
- Their saliva secretions contains allergens that can trigger allergic reactions.
- Cockroaches can carry bacteria, human pathogens, and parasitic worms.
Prevent Cockroaches Indoors
Cockroaches enter your home for food, water, and heat. Remove these sources to make your home less of a destination.
- Keep a clean kitchen. This requires storing food in sealed, airtight glass or plastic containers. You should also avoid leaving dirty dishes in the sink overnight.
- Clean trash cans on a regular basis, not leaving trash to sit in them for too long. A tightly fitting lid can help prevent attracting cockroaches, too.
- Keep a clean house by dusting, vacuuming, sweeping, and mopping frequently.
- Cut off the cockroach water supply by fixing leaky sinks, pipes, and clogged drains to prevent standing water from collecting in your house.
- Pay special attention to sources of warmth in your home, particularly electronics and appliances in the kitchen. Clean under refrigerators, stoves, and near radiators to make these spots less desirable to cockroaches and other creepy crawlers.
Prevent Cockroaches Outdoors
Examine the exterior of your home or business for these issues and make the appropriate fixes as soon as you can.
- Check your building’s foundation for cracks, crevices, and holes. Then seal them with cement.
- Fill holes in trees with cement, as well to prevent roaches from nesting there.
- Check the moldings around doors and windows for cracks and gaps.
- Clear messy vegetation in your yard, especially in spots that are close to your structure’s exterior. Dead or overgrown plants provide ample hiding spots for cockroaches and other pests.
- Overgrown vegetation can also help cockroaches gain entry to your home. So trim back tree branches, shrubs, and other vegetation so it doesn’t touch the building.
- Keep firewood stored at least 6′ from your home.
- Caulk the areas around where vents, pipes, drains, and electrical lines are inserted into the walls of your building.
Cockroach Prevention from the Pros
Contact us today by calling 610-337-7378 to find out how the experienced exterminators at Resolution Pest can help prevent or control a cockroach problem in your home or business.
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