How to Prevent a Roach Infestation
Cockroaches are a homeowner’s worst nightmare. Creepy and nearly indestructible, the bugs are present almost anywhere in the world. Try as you might to keep them out, you've probably seen the occasional roach crawling around your home.No matter how secure you think you are, your home is always at risk of a roach infestation. The last thing anyone wants is a bunch of the disgusting insects hiding in their home. Follow these steps to prevent a roach infestation.
Remove Food SourcesThis is probably the most important step you can take to prevent roaches. No animal will stay long in a place it can’t find food.
Unfortunately, this is easier said than done. Roaches can eat almost anything, including wallpaper and fabrics. The first step to removing food sources is to keep your kitchen spotless and secure. Quickly clean up any food messes, and clean your counters and floors regularly. Don’t let food matter build up in the sink, drawers, or cabinets. Take out your trash regularly in tightly sealed bags, and leave it in sealed trash cans that keep bugs out. Keep leftovers and unused food in airtight containers.
Keeping roaches from munching on non-food objects is tougher. Your best bet here is keeping everything dry, so no mold and mildew develops. These organisms are food for roaches, and can decompose other materials into roach food as well. Seal up leaks and don’t let water accumulate anywhere. Consider getting a dehumidifier for damp areas of the house.
Use PesticidesHaving a can of spray roach killer handy is already a good idea. Taking out the occasional roach when you see it means it won’t be able to scurry away and lay eggs in your home.
Applying pesticides to areas roaches frequent (along walls in bathrooms, underneath kitchen counters, damp basement spaces) will kill them as they come by. Other pest control tools like roach motels can also be effective.
Seal Up Your HomeIf cockroaches can’t even get in your home, there can’t be an infestation. Seal up openings inside and outside your house. This includes doors and windows as well as cracks and gaps in the foundation, roof, and walls. Close up gaps with traditional construction materials or caulk. Be careful, though; roaches are known to eat some caulking materials.
Roaches often get access to your home by hitchhiking on the people who live there. Keep an eye on your body and clothing any time you’re returning home. Give an especially close look to groceries and other purchases you take home that may be hiding the insects.
No home can be guaranteed roach free all the time. But with these tips, you should be able to avoid a bull-blown roach infestation.