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5 Ways to Avoid a Cockroach Infestation
The cockroach is one of the most notorious pests there is. Their invasiveness, ability to spread germs and persistence has plagued humanity for decades. Instead of waiting until cockroaches appear for you to fix the issue, you should be protecting your home against a cockroach infestation before they ever get in. To that end, here are the steps that you need to take to avoid a cockroach infestation.
Keep Your Food Sealed and Away
Cockroaches are omnivores that will eat everything that you do. If you leave food out of the fridge or cupboard and you live in an area prone to cockroaches, there is a very good chance they will try to move in. Prevent this from happening by sealing your food in airtight containers and putting it away in your cabinets, refrigerator or freezer when not being used or eaten. Additionally, throwing uneaten food out instead of letting it sit on plates in the sink will help.
Keep Your Home Clean
No matter how careful we are, we splash drinks, spill containers, drop crumbs and leave messes. Food related messes are a part of our routines, especially when we cook. We see a few crumbs on the counter or dirty dishes crusted with recently cooked food as harmless; cockroaches on the other hand see this as a source of food, so leaving any amount of food out is just as bad as letting an entire plate of food sit out. Cockroaches also need water to survive, so be sure to wipe up any stray splashes of water when you are done cooking, even if you have a stone countertop that can handle it.
Don't Move Houses with Tag-Along Roaches
If you are moving away from a place that you know has a cockroach infestation history, you want to make sure that you don't take the problem with you to your next home. Carefully inspect all of your belongings before you pack them away, and use vacuum sealed packaging and plastic bins instead of cardboard boxes whenever possible.
Block Off Common Entry Points
A cockroach infestation cannot occur if the pests can't get into your home in the first place. To that end, be sure to block off easy access points. This includes: cracks around windows, cracks around doors, holes and wide cracks in the walls, holes and wide cracks in the floors. If you aren't sure if your home is properly sealed against a cockroach infestation, ask an expert.
Have a Professional Regularly Sweep Your Home
It only takes one cockroach to launch an infestation. This is because they breed at an impossibly fast rate, and don't mind living in small spaces they can easily hide in. As a result, you could be suffering from a cockroach infestation and not even know it. The only way to be sure is to have a pest control professional sweep your home for a cockroach infestation. If there are any signs of a cockroach infestation, then they will be able to start taking steps to eliminate the pests. Call us today and get rid of cockroaches!