It's worse than a Hitchcock movie. You're alone in your kitchen when you see a dark object scurrying across the floor. It's too big to be a spider but too small to be a mouse. Then, it hits you. It's a cockroach, and where there's one, there's more. You’ve got a problem. Here's what attracts cockroaches to your home and what you need to do to prevent them.
Like all living beings, cockroaches need nutrition to survive. Easily accessible food serves as a neon “welcome home” sign to cockroaches and a number of other unwanted pests. To avoid attracting cockroaches in the future, be sure to store food properly, in sealed containers. Never leave opened food items out on the counter, and always clean up crumbs and spills promptly. Keeping your kitchen and other eating areas free of treats will help to reduce your home’s attractiveness to cockroaches.
Cockroaches, like many other pests, like dark, damp areas. To reduce your chance of a cockroach infestation, remove all excess water from inside and around your home. Pay close attention to any basement or crawlspace areas as these can be cockroach breeding grounds. Don’t allow standing water in any area of your home, inside or out, and be sure to fix leaky pipes as soon as possible.
Gaps, crevices, and cracks are all open invitations for cockroaches and other pests to enter your home. To prevent unwelcome house guests, survey your home for possible points of entry. Start on the outside and check for holes or damage in siding, window and door trim, and your home’s foundation. Once you’ve located trouble spots, repair them promptly and monitor them for future damage. Do the same on the interior of your home, paying close attention to exterior walls. Don’t leave exterior doors open for prolonged periods of time, and keep your garage door shut as often as possible.
Cleanliness is another way to combat the presence of cockroaches. Take out the garbage frequently and store all trash in a container with a lid. Try to keep areas with less traffic—like the basement or attic—free of clutter, as this can serve as nesting areas for cockroaches.
There are steps you can take outside your home to help prevent cockroach activity as well. Be sure to keep bushes, shrubs, and trees trimmed back from your home’s façade. Remove all yard clippings, rotting wood, and other waste from your yard promptly. All of these materials can act as hiding places for cockroaches and become the perfect gateway into your home.
If you’re fighting a losing battle against cockroaches, contact Springer in Des Moines. Our team of pest control professionals can help you eliminate cockroaches from your home and help to prevent them from returning in the future. From minor warning signs to a major outbreak, we’ve got all of your pest problems covered. Set up your free inspection!