It would be nearly impossible for you to read everything that has been written about cockroaches, you could google for days. Plus, let's face it, you don't care that they are insects in the order of Dictyoptera. You just want to know how to keep them out of your home or get rid of them if they’ve already gotten in. Well, you've come to the right place. Here are the 4 things every homeowner should know about cockroaches.
1) Resistance isn't completely futile.
Roaches are always looking for food. The more food you have, the faster they can grow their populations, and the more reason they will have to stay in your house. Here are some ways to hide the food.
Make sure to put away pet food between meals.
Make sure all of your foods that come in paper or cardboard containers are sealed in hard plastic containers.
Store fruit in the refrigerator, instead of on the counter.
Vacuum regularly and keep counters clean.
Don't leave dishes stacked next to the sink. Put them in soapy water.
Deep clean every 3 months, around stoves and under your refrigerator.Cockroaches like damp places. Putting a dehumidifier in your basement can go a long way to resisting roaches.
2) The best defense is actually a good defense.
In the war against cockroaches, the best defense isn't a good offense; it's a good defense. When cockroaches come onto your property, it's important that they don't find a way through your exterior walls.
Make sure all your door and window screens are in good working order.
Make sure all of your door sweeps and weather-stripping are not damaged.
Do an inspection of your exterior walls and fill gaps and cracks, especially around pipes, outlets, and wiring.
3) It's not you cockroach, it's me.
Often, we are the reason cockroaches come into our yards. Here are some of the attractants that will draw cockroaches in and make them feel safe as they search your yard for food sources.
Weeds and overgrowth.
An open trash can.
Bird feed on the ground below a bird feeder.
A water source.
Cardboard near exterior walls. Stacked wood near exterior walls.
4) Enough is not always enough.
Taking the above measures will definitely make your home more resistant to cockroaches; but, the reality is, cockroaches are amazingly resourceful and resilient pests that are able to run across ceilings, and some even fly. When you need 100% protection from cockroaches, you need the help of a professional.
At Rottler, we have the most advanced and effective tools to fight cockroaches. Let us help you get those cockroaches out and keep them out.