Fall is officially here, and with cooler temperatures comes the potential for cockroaches. As the temperature drops outside, we can expect roaches to venture indoors looking for food, water, and shelter.
While there are more than 4,500 roach species in the world, only about 70 of them live in the United States. The most common cockroaches in the U.S. are the German Cockroach and the American Cockroach. Both types are active year-round and come out predominantly at night to find food and water. Roaches, which are nocturnal, usually spend their days hiding away in dark, protected spots around your home. Because they breed so rapidly, a female cockroach could produce more than 20,000 offspring in just one year.
The team at Pestech of Greenville is committed to keeping you and your family safe by reducing pests, including cockroaches. Our technicians are knowledgeable about pest management and prevention methods. Here are five easy ways that you can prevent cockroach infestations on your property and in your home this fall:
1. Hire Pestech of Greenville for your quarterly pest control services
Our quarterly pest control service is recommended for most residential and commercial properties to control most nuisance pests, like cockroaches. Our integrated pest management technicians are trained in removing and preventing cockroach infestations. We’re committed to solving the problem while keeping your family safe and healthy.
2. Get rid of entry points for cockroaches
Identify the ways that cockroaches can enter your home. This is an easy and essential way to keep them out. Look for cracks or holes in the pipes underneath your sink or behind your washing machine. Be sure to also look for gaps in your walls where pipes may come through. Fix any leaky or dripping faucets, as these provide an easy water source for cockroaches. Because roaches need water to survive, leaky pipes and faucets are some of the most common desirable living conditions for cockroaches. This is one of the main reasons you often see them in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms. Use caulk to fill any holes or hire a professional to repair or replace your pipes or faucets completely where necessary.
3. Don’t leave food out in the open
Roaches are omnivores, which means they’ll eat anything. This includes pet food and food leftover in dirty dishes. Roaches are always looking for sources of water and especially food. Leaving food on your counters, in the sink, or in your pet’s bowl for extended amounts of time makes it easy for roaches to feed. Limiting where you eat not only makes cleanup easier for you, but it limits crumbs and spills you might not notice in other rooms. We recommend keeping food to only your kitchen and dining room areas. Store all food in sealed containers, including your pet’s food. Roaches can easily fit inside small openings, so the standard cardboard packaging that foods comes in is not going to keep them out. In addition, vacuuming regularly will remove excess crumbs and debris from your floors.
4. Empty the trash
Trash cans in your kitchen or bathroom are also accessible food sources for roaches. Make sure your trash cans have a tight-fitting lid and empty them regularly. In addition, keep your outside trash cans, recycling bins, and compost bins clean and place them away from the home. It’s also good practice to rinse cans, bottles, and plastics before putting them in the recycling bin.
5. Declutter your home
Roaches can often be found hiding out in stacks of cardboard, newspapers, books that you’ve stored away, and even behind pictures on the walls. It’s important to clear out any excess of these items from your home and keep your house free of clutter. This makes it harder for roaches to find a place to hide out during the day. When a roach isn’t able to find shelter or a form of cover, they’ll have a harder time moving in to your home.
It’s important to note that cockroaches aren’t always associated with unsanitary conditions, but they do pose health concerns to humans. Cockroaches are known to carry diseases and can trigger allergies and asthma. That’s why it’s important to get ahead of the situation and prevent an infestation before it starts.
Trust Pestech of Greenville, Inc. for all of your needs in terms of cockroach control and pest management. If you suspect that you already have a roach infestation, we will work to quickly eliminate the problem to keep your property roach-free. Give us a call at 252-353-4760 or email PestechOfGreenville@hotmail.com for a free estimate. Your East Coast pest management professionals are honored to serve you.