Entire movies have been made about cockroaches, and indeed, even pest control initiatives from the government have been set up to control cockroach populations in certain areas of the country. They’re a hugely feared pest, and few homeowners actually want to have a full scale invasion on their hands. How can you keep them out of your home? These tips can help.
- Food Storage: Whether it’s your food or that for your dog or cat, keeping food carefully stored is the single best way to prevent a cockroach infestation. Make certain that anything you bring into your home is stored in an airtight container, as pests won’t be able to get in and get to your food that way. This is also true of dog and cat food. It should be well stored, and you shouldn’t leave pet food out in a bowl for a long period of time, as it only encourages pests like cockroaches.
- Cleaning: If you can help it, don’t ever leave dirty dishes near the sink for too long. Don’t let food residue sit on the surface of your stove or counters too long either. Both prove an attractive spot for pests like cockroaches. You’ll also want to sweep and mop your floor on a regular basis too to keep cockroaches at bay.
- Reduce Clutter: Cockroaches love to be undisturbed, and if you have particularly cluttered areas of your home, you can bet that it will make a perfect hideaway for the cockroaches to come play. Keep them out by getting rid of any clutter in your home.
- Inspect: Cockroaches can invade through far smaller openings than you might imagine, so take a close look around your home. Be sure you’ve closed any exterior openings with silicone caulk to keep them out.
Cockroaches of all different kinds can be a problem in your home, but tips like these can help you keep them out for good.