Whether skittering across your kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom, cockroaches are unwanted visitors in your home. At Turin Pest Control, we recommend taking roach prevention steps to avoid these pests in the first place. If you already have a roach infestation, our team can help you eliminate the current roaches and safeguard against them in the future. Our pest professionals compiled some simple tips to prevent them in your home.
· Seal Up Your Home—American Cockroaches can squeeze through cracks as small as 1/16th of an inch, which is about two stacked pennies high, in under a second. Look around your doors and windows for any entry spots. Adding weatherstripping or caulk is an easy step to seal your home. In addition to keeping bugs out, you will be saving money on your HVAC bills by not losing as much heated or cooled air.
· Store Your Food Properly—Cockroaches can flatten their bodies out, so they can sneak into your snacks when not sealed and stored properly. Consider replacing your food’s cardboard boxes with air-tight plastic containers. This step will protect your food from pests and also keep your food fresh for as long as possible. The kitchen is not the only place roaches can find food. Roaches are not picky eaters and will gladly eat your pet’s food too. Make sure that your pet food is stored in air-tight containers and avoid leaving your pet’s food out in bowls for long periods of time. If you have noticed roaches in the kitchen, they are likely in other rooms as well.
· Keep Your Home Clean—Cockroaches like to make themselves at home in messy spaces. If you would prefer not to have cockroaches in your bedroom, make housecleaning a priority and stay on top of your crumbs on the floors. Never leave dirty dishes sitting out overnight, and always wipe your counters with a disinfectant spray each night. Cockroaches love grease and spills from cooking. Vacuum your kitchen floors before bedtime each night because cockroaches like to eat at night. Vacuum your other rooms every 2-3 days to clean up roach egg sacs, body parts, and feces, which have pheromones that attract other roaches.
· Limit Where Food Goes in Your Home—If you are wondering how to stop roaches from taking over your home, minimize their opportunities to find food. Keep your food in the kitchen and dining area, so you are not constantly cleaning up crumbs.
If you have a roach problem, the Turin Pest Control team can help! We will find the source of your roaches, eliminate the current infestation, and offer suggestions to avoid.