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.
You see, 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.
How Are You Storing Your Food and Garbage?
First of all, 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, which will not only give them food and a place to hide, but it will also introduce some pretty major health risks for you. Cockroaches carry all kinds of diseases, and eating something that’s been in contact with them can get you really sick.
Don’t Leave Pet Food Out
If you have pets, you shouldn’t leave their food bowls out all day. Pet food is another big roach attracter. 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.
Your Broom and Mop Are Your Best Friends
Speaking of sweeping and mopping up, 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 attracters.
If roaches are a problem in your home contact Fischer Environmental today, (800) 391-2565, for a free assessment and control estimate.
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