Williamsbug's Step-By-Step Cockroach Prevention Guide
Keeping out cockroaches isn’t as simple as it sounds. These invasive scavengers are skilled at getting inside human properties because they’ve learned how much food, water, and shelter they can find there. That’s why every property owner should take steps to reduce their risk of infestation and call the professionals at the first sign of pest activity.
How To Know If You Have A Roach Problem
Cockroaches are small, but rather large compared to other insects. Their beetle-like bodies can range in size and color depending on the species, but all cockroaches lead to filthy conditions and larger problems. They’re also good at hiding, which means you need to be good at catching the other signs of pest activity around your property:
- Stains: Cockroaches have greasy bodies that leave brown or red marks on walls and other surfaces that they crawl on.
- Droppings: They also leave urine and peppery feces around, which can cause brown or yellow stains to form.
- Odor: All of this contributes to foul, musty odors that can quickly spread throughout your property. If you notice an odor that you can’t quite seem to place, you’ve likely got pests hiding out inside your walls or vents.
How To Prevent Cockroaches
Aside from the visible signs of cockroaches, there are also unseen dangers that go along with cockroach infestations. Not only can their squalor create messes around your property, but cockroaches also transmit dangerous diseases and parasites, which pose far greater health risks. To avoid the damage and disease they traffic in, you need to take the following steps to make your property less attractive to cockroaches:
- Food Storage: It is important to keep food put away in sealed containers and to deep clean regularly for wayward crumbs or spills.
- Trash Storage: Cockroaches can find everything they need by rooting through the trash, so you also need to make sure your garbage is inaccessible.
- Moisture Control: Roaches are attracted to dark, damp environments, making moisture control a must for cockroach prevention. Address leaks and water damage quickly.
Keeping Cockroaches Out
Limiting the factors that attract them is only part of the equation when it comes to cockroach prevention. You also need to reduce their access points, which is hard to do with critters that can squeeze into incredibly tight spaces and survive on scraps. Here are some factors to consider:
- Crack Sealing: Cockroaches can flatten their bodies to razor-thin proportions, making no crack in your exterior too small for them to use to gain entry. Regularly inspect the exterior of your home and make repairs as necessary.
- Doors: If they can fit through a tiny crack or hole, it stands to reason that cockroaches can also fit through the gap under a door. Install door sweeps or weather stripping to make your threshold inaccessible.
- Windows: Torn window screens are another way that cockroaches can slip inside. Replace faulty screens quickly and routinely inspect them for damage.
If You Already Have Them, Act Fast
While everyday prevention measures can give you a leg up on cockroaches, do-it-yourself methods can’t truly account for all the ways that cockroaches enter or feed off of your property. Only professional treatments are guaranteed to ward off invasive pests and quickly remove them from the premises. If you’re already noticing the signs of cockroach activity, it’s even more important for you to act quickly to get help. At National Exterminating, we can get rid of cockroaches quickly and effectively, before they can cause worse problems. Even if you just need help with routine prevention that reduces your risk, our experts can provide assistance.
Make sure you’re doing everything you can to stay safe from cockroaches by contacting National Exterminating today.