Cockroaches are common household pests that are highly adaptable. They are skilled at finding their way indoors and multiplying quickly to establish an infestation in your home. It is important to know what attracts roaches to your home in order to prevent them. There are 3 main things that will bring roaches to your door: food, water, and shelter. By eliminating these 3 things, your home will become much less attractive to these and other pests. Here is our step-by-step guide to preventing cockroaches from infesting your home.
Cockroaches are scavengers. While they prefer sugar, carbs, and protein, they will eat just about anything. Clean up any leftover food or spills and crumbs on tables, counters, and appliances. Store your food in airtight containers. Rinse cans, bottles, jugs, etc. before throwing them away. Empty your garbage regularly and use trash cans with lids. Don’t leave your dirty dishes out overnight. Wipe down your counters with disinfectant every night. Try to limit food consumption to one room (e.g. the dining room) to help reduce spills and crumbs throughout your home. Store your pet food in sealed containers and don’t leave pet food bowls out overnight.
Roaches can actually go for a week or 2 without it if they are getting enough moisture from their food. Despite this, they will ultimately require water to survive and will seek it out in your home. Remove any standing water both in and around your home. Don’t leave any water in sinks or near drains, especially overnight. Keep excess moisture out of your home, basement, and crawlspace with a dehumidifier. Consider installing a moisture barrier or crawlspace enclosure. Repair any damaged or leaky pipes immediately. Clear blocked drains in the home. Keep gutters free of debris. Don’t leave your pet’s water bowls out overnight.
Remove clutter from your home, garage, and attic. Get rid of any old cardboard boxes, newspapers, and magazines. Dust and vacuum frequently. Paint or varnish your wood shelves to seal cracks and crevices where roaches can hide, or consider replacing them with metal or plastic shelving. Check walls, skirting, electrical outlets, sinks, cabinets, and baseboards for cracks and crevices and seal any that you find. Inspect all items before bringing them into your home, including packages, storage boxes, grocery bags, and used appliances. Seal around utility pipes and wall junctures. Make sure windows and doors are sealed and use weatherstripping on them. Trim back any heavy vegetation from your exterior walls and try not to stack firewood against your house.
Cockroaches can be dangerous to you and your family, contaminating surfaces and triggering asthma and allergies. If you have problems with a cockroach infestation, contact your local pest control company for an inspection and cockroach treatment plan.