Finding cockroaches in your home can make your stomach drop. These pests are known to spread disease and aggravate allergies. Also, once they've moved in, they're not easy to get rid of. It's a lot easier to keep cockroaches out of your home than to deal with an active infestation. If you're making any of the mistakes or engaging in any of the habits below, you're inviting cockroaches into your home. Make changes quickly to keep the bugs away.
1. Leaving Dirty Dishes in the Sink
Cockroaches are not picky when it comes to food. They will gladly eat anything from grains to meat, so any debris left on your dirty dishes is likely to attract them. Though it can be tempting to leave the dinner dishes in the sink and deal with them in the morning, washing them immediately after your meal is your best bet for bug prevention.
If you have a dishwasher, get into the habit of running it each night rather than just when it gets full. Cockroaches can easily sneak into a dishwasher through a loose gasket.
2. Storing Food in Its Original Packaging
Cockroaches can chew through cardboard and thin plastic. Instead of keeping cereal, crackers, and other items in their original containers, transfer them to tightly sealed plastic or glass storage containers when you get home from the store.
3. Allowing Kids to Eat Outside of the Kitchen
When you allow your kids to meander through the home as they snack on crackers or a sandwich, they often drop crumbs that accumulate in the carpet and later attract cockroaches. Encourage your kids to eat in the kitchen or dining room where you can easily spot and clean up any crumbs or messes they leave behind.
4. Ignoring a Leaky Water Pipe
Cockroaches need water and are attracted to sources of moisture like leaky pipes. If one or your drains or pipes has been dripping, don't just catch the water in the pail and hope for the best. Call the plumber out to fix the pipe as soon as possible before you also have to make a call to the exterminator.
5. Keeping Your Home Too Warm and Humid
Many homeowners turn their thermostats way up when they're not at home in an attempt to save on energy costs. However, the drawback of this measure is that cockroaches are more attracted to hot, humid spaces. Your air conditioner not only cools your home, but also removes humidity from the air. Keeping your home at a comfortable 74 or 76 degrees F will effectively keep the bugs at bay.
If your home still feels moist and humid when the air conditioner is running, consider having a dehumidifier installed. This appliance removes excess moisture from the air, making traditionally moist areas like your attic and basement less inviting to cockroaches or even termites. If it's just your basement that seems moist, setting up a portable dehumidifier in this space can go a long way towards drying it out.
6. Leaving Pet Food Out
Cockroaches love dog and cat food. If you have a dog or cat, do not just leave food out for them to help themselves throughout the day. Instead, feed your pet twice a day, and pick the food up when they're finished eating. Store your pet food in a sealed plastic or glass container rather than the box or bag it comes in. If your dog or cat spills food on the floor, wipe it up promptly so it does not attract pests.
If you avoid the mistakes and habits above, you'll reduce the risk of having cockroaches invade your home. If you do notice signs of cockroaches, contact Pest Control Services, Inc. The sooner we are able to address the problem, the easier we will be able to rid your home of these pesky insects.