There are all kinds of pests that can gain access to your home, including ants, bees, termites, and more. But one of the most troubling pests for many homeowners to deal with is cockroaches, not only because they can be so difficult to exterminate, but because they are one of the largest insects that commonly infest homes. Luckily, there is no shortage of methods to prevent them from entering your home in the first place, as well as eliminate any that happen to find their way inside your walls. Here are some tips to keep your home roach-free.
When it comes to preventing and eliminating cockroaches you will have to act on two fronts. First, you have to make sure your home is properly sealed against intrusion, which means focusing on the perimeter of the structure, along with common interior points of ingress like vents and drains, for example. From there you must ensure that roaches have no reason to enter, which requires you to examine the interior of your home for items that roaches are likely to find inviting.
Let’s begin with the exterior. One of the easiest points of entry for roaches is the same place you enter your home: through the front door. Windows and doors that have gaps offer easy access for roaches, so you need to make sure they’re properly sealed with weather stripping, caulk, or whatever else is needed to keep roaches at bay. You should also seal vents and pipes leading into your home, especially those that have visible gaps. Place screens in any vents that feature openings large enough for small pests to pass through, and make sure all of the screens covering windows and other exterior areas are in good repair (i.e. free of holes). Don’t forget to address your landscaping, as well. Keep clearance between plants and the perimeter of your home and make sure all of your flora is pruned and maintained so that roaches have no good place to nest.
Next you need to address your home interior, and the main thing to keep in mind is that cleanliness is your best friend when it comes to deterring roaches. They like clutter that hides them and a steady food source. So clear the clutter, clean frequently, and make sure that any and all food is stored in airtight containers that roaches can’t access. You should also get a trash can that seals so that waste is not a draw for roaches. And don’t forget that all of these steps can be taken in a preventive capacity to avoid the presence of roaches, or as a plan to eliminate roaches already in your home.
Of course, you might also need to take more targeted pest control measures if roaches are an ongoing problem in your home despite your best efforts. Consider hiring a qualified and experienced vendor like Forsyth Exterminating if you can’t seem to get rid of roaches on your own. These professionals will not only eliminate existing pests, but also help you to pinpoint problem areas and seal them off to prevent future incursions.