How to Keep Cockroaches Out of Your Home
Serving Louisiana & Mississippi
Do you have a cockroach problem? Or are you freaked out by the very thought of a roach infestation? If you’ve seen one cockroach scuttling across your kitchen floor, you already have an invasion on your hands. Where there is one, there are more (lots more), but before you run to the store for roach motels or sprays, you might want to do a few things to make sure that your house is as unattractive to cockroaches as possible.
Even with bug spray and roach motels, if your house offers them places to hide and food to eat, cockroaches are still going to find a way to make your home their own. Cleaning and proper food storage are absolutely essential to keeping your home roach-free.
Eliminate Food Sources for Cockroaches
Do you keep your cereal and other dry goods stored in sealed containers? Does your garbage can have a tight-fitting lid on it? Roaches are attracted to fruits, vegetables, crumbs, and garbage. They can feast on all of this, and if you make it easy for them, they will be more than happy to do just that.
When you open a box of cereal or crackers, transfer the bag into a sealable plastic container. If you leave the box open, cockroaches can easily crawl inside, giving them food and a hiding place, and also introducing some pretty major health risks for you. Cockroaches carry all kinds of diseases, and eating something that’s been in contact with them can make you really sick.
If you have pets, you shouldn’t leave their food bowls out all day. Pet food is another big roach attraction. Just like leaving your own food out, leaving your pets’ food out will bring more cockroaches into your home and make it harder to get rid of them.
Keep your pets’ food in a plastic container with a tight-fitting lid, and only put food out when your pets are eating. After they’re done, you’ll want to sweep and/or mop up the area around their bowls to make sure there are no leftovers for pests to find.
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Sweep and Mop to Prevent Cockroaches
When you drop crumbs on the floor and leave them there, you’re basically inviting cockroaches to come to a free buffet. After mealtimes, spend a couple of minutes with a broom and/or dry mop to make sure that you get all of the crumbs cleaned up.
You can make your floor even less attractive by spraying a disinfecting surface cleaner on the floor and then going over it with the mop. This way you’ll be sure to get even the tiniest pieces of food that you might not be able to see with the naked eye or catch with the broom.
Also, make sure that you at least rinse your dishes and get them in the dishwasher immediately after you eat. Leaving dirty dishes out is another cockroach invitation.
Dealing With a Cockroach Infestation
Boric acid and roach traps help with getting rid of a cockroach infestation, but prevention is the best policy. If you believe you may have a roach infestation or you just want to make sure that you don’t get roaches in the future, spend some time cleaning up cluttered piles of newspapers and any other potential roach habitats (anywhere that provides them a warm, dark place is attractive to roaches).
If you have allergies or asthma, you should especially avoid roach sprays, as these can really affect the air quality in your home. They also wear off quickly, and aren’t nearly as effective as keeping your house free of roach attractions.
Spread Coffee Grounds to Repel Cockroaches
Roaches are repelled by the acidity of coffee grounds, so you can use new or old grounds for this method. Using old grounds is generally more cost effective.
Because you don’t necessarily want all of the rooms in your house to smell like old coffee, you won’t be using the grounds inside. Instead, you’re going to spread them around the foundation of your home, concentrating on places that the roaches may be using for entrances and exits. While your roach motels are working on the roaches inside, your coffee grounds will keep more of them from trying to come in and make new homes for themselves.
Remove Cockroach Shelters
Now, while you’re being handy with recycled coffee grounds and homemade roach poison, let’s talk about making your home a less attractive domain for cockroaches. You can do a lot to get rid of roaches by de-cluttering and organizing your space so that they don’t have as many places to hide.
Do you have stacks of old magazines and newspapers lying around? What about cardboard boxes and old grocery bags? It’s time to get rid of all of that old clutter and get a fresh start. If you’re not using it, you don’t need it, and it’s just creating homes for uninvited guests.
How to Keep Cockroaches Out of Your Home In Louisiana & Mississippi
Serving all of SE Louisiana and Mississippi