When a cockroach infestation takes root, it can be a serious threat in your Springfield home, especially in spring as cockroaches begin to be active on both the inside and outside of your home. These insects are highly mobile and they are able to move in and out of your home very easily. This wouldn't be too much of a problem if cockroaches weren't drawn to dirty things such as dead animals, dumpsters, trash piles, sewers, compost heaps and more. As spring approaches, here are a few things you should consider about cockroaches. They could help you prevent serious sickness.
1. Understand the Threat
The National Pest Management Association, which is a leading authority on pests in the United States, asserts that cockroaches are implicated in the spread of more than 33 kinds of bacteria, 6 parasitic worms, and more than 7 other human pathogens. The symptoms of these kinds of illness usually include stomach pain, diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting. When cockroaches get into a home, they often bring misery with them.
Before roaches get in your home, they usually have a reason to be near your home. Reducing attractants can reduce cockroach populations near your foundation and reduce your chances of having an infestation. Cockroaches are attracted to:
- Exposed trash. Make sure all of your exterior trash is in sealed receptacles.
- Moisture. These insects need a lot of moisture. If you have any leaks or moisture problems around your home, they should be addressed.
- Shade. Areas of excess shade make it difficult for the sun to dry the ground. This can lead to moisture issues.
- Clutter. If you have objects near your home that cockroaches can hide under or inside, you are likely to have more cockroaches.
3. How to Seal Your Home
It doesn't take much of a gap, crack or hole for cockroaches to get inside. The locations they target most often are gaps around doors and door frames, broken seals around windows, gaps around plumbing, cracks in foundation walls or slabs, gaps in broken mortar, holes created by wood-damaging pests and garage door seals. Fix or fill in these entry points to keep cockroaches out. For the best barrier possible, have a licensed professional apply a barrier treatment around your home. If you live in Springfield, consider Rottler for this essential protection. The team at Rottler is nationally recognized as a pest control leader. We'll make sure you get the right protection to safeguard your health and property. Get started by scheduling a free, no-obligation pest inspection today.