For many, cockroaches embody disgust, especially when underfoot or seen crawling across countertops. If an infestation is not handled promptly, these incessant insects will continue to wreak havoc on your home, damaging books and wallpaper, raiding food items, and leaving bacteria on every surface they touch. Fortunately for Californians, quality pest control services are available to rid homes of all cockroach varieties. The following tips have also been deemed effective in keeping homes cockroach free.
Keep Surfaces Clean
Cockroaches are attracted to anything with nutritional value, from food crumbs to drops of water in your sink. All surfaces in your home should be kept clean and dry, especially food preparation areas, such as counter and stove tops.
Find and Fix Leaks
Most cockroaches can live up to a month or more without food, but not more than a week without a water source. Concealed leaks in the home can provide the unwelcomed pests with enough water to thrive. If you have roaches in your home, check every nook and cranny for signs of moisture.
Don’t Let Dishes Sit
Dirty dishes sitting untouched in the sink overnight are an open invitation for cockroaches to feast as you sleep. If possible, wash them soon after eating. If you can’t wash them right away, rinse away any food residue and soak the dishes in a sink of soapy water.
Wash and Cover Pet Bowls
If you have pets in the home, it’s essential to wash and dry their food bowls daily, and cover them at night. Just like human food, pet food and water can attract cockroaches and provide them with the nutrition they need to survive.
Take Out the Trash
Your trash can is a five-star restaurant to your cockroach friends, and you may find a few digging in while you’re away. It’s best to take the trash out frequently to prevent a buildup of food and moisture. To keep pests out, opt for a trash can with a lid instead of an open can.
Store Foods Safely
Determined cockroaches can puncture non-refrigerated food containers, such as sugar and flour bags. Keep insects out of your pantry by keeping the area clean and clutter-free. Wipe up any spilt foods promptly and be sure food items are tightly sealed. Also, glass is better at keeping out bugs than paper or plastic.
Set Out Cockroach Baits
If you have just a few roaches to deal with, store-bought or homemade baits may be effective in getting rid of the menaces. Most store-bought baits contain a poisonous gel, or act as traps to catch and hold the insects. Homemade baits, such as those including boric acid, can attract the cockroaches and kill them upon feasting.
Call Pest Control
When all else fails, pest control services are recommended for getting rid of troublesome cockroaches or cockroach infestations in the home. Leave it up to the pest control professionals to eliminate these tough bugs and guide you in the right direction to maintaining a cockroach free home.
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