Cockroaches are extremely resilient, multiply in abundance, and are known spreaders of disease. It's no wonder, then, that a person is horrified when they find them in their home or apartment. In this month’s blog, we are going to offer some practical suggestions for preventing a cockroach infestation.
The first, and most obvious step is to get rid of the things that attract cockroaches. Although they can survive in many kinds of environments, the things they love most are moisture, grease, and dirt. A place that provides all these elements is the kitchen, so naturally, it needs to be kept extra clean. The kitchen should be thoroughly cleaned regularly which would include scrubbing behind and underneath all appliances, even the big ones. Keep food in containers with tightly sealed lids. You should also place a tight lid on the trash can. If you have pets, it's best not to keep their food out for long periods of time. Also, try to keep the sink as clean and dry as you can.
Another place that provides ideal conditions for cockroaches is the bathroom so try to maintain this area by keeping it as clean and dry as possible.
Cockroaches tend to keep out of well-lit areas so it may be a good idea to leave a few lights on at night to help deter them.
Check your home for areas prone to excess moisture this will include dripping taps or leaking pipes, etc. which can attract cockroaches. You will also want to search for potential points of entry and seal them up.
If you already have an out-of-control cockroach infestation problem, then it would be best to consult with a pest control company for advice on how to tackle the problem.
Devereaux Van Dyne, Certified Professional Home Inspector