10 Tips To Roach-Proofing Your Home

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Roaches are perhaps the most difficult pests to control. These creatures are quite adaptable and can survive in nearly all parts of the world. Your home is especially attractive to them because of its steady temperature, average humidity, and the abundance of food. Here are some tips to keep your home free from these creepy-crawly insects.

  1. Keep Food Tightly Covered Roaches are attracted to foods that contain fats and oils. This is why they love to consume both meat and vegetables. They also eat flour and other grains. All foods kept in cupboards or on shelves should be inside a container with a tight-fitting lid.
  2. Wipe Up Food Spills Any residue that contains meat juice, flour, sugar, or grease should be wiped up immediately. Roaches have keen sensory equipment and can locate a small spot of food easily. Your oven and range top collects grease and grime, and this is especially attractive for roaches. Keep the underside of surface heating units free from residue buildup.
  3. Check for Cracks Roaches travel through your home via the plumbing and electrical systems. They enter through small holes and tend to remember the quickest access routes. It is worth your time to seal cracks and small holes with caulk or wire mesh.
  4. Keep Your Water Heater Off-Limits If your water heater is in a utility room, make certain that there are no cracks in the nearby baseboard. If your heater is inside a paneled cabinet, make sure there are no holes surrounding the plumbing. Roaches usually build their nest in the warmest, dampest, and darkest spot, generally within 10 feet of your water heater.
  5. Vacuum Often Roaches are attracted to food smells that settle as soot onto your carpet and hardwood floors. Vacuuming regularly and performing a dry-chemical cleaning operation every so often will help to eliminate the inviting odors.
  6. Wash Dishes After Meals Nothing signals dinnertime for roaches more than dirty dishes. Even if you use your dishwasher regularly, make certain that the dishes have been thoroughly rinsed, and place them inside the washer soon after you have finished eating.
  7. Wipe Up Water Spills Several drops of water is the equivalent of hundreds of gallons to a colony of roaches. Since these creatures can enter your home through your sewer system, make sure that all water on the counter tops and in the sinks is wiped up immediately.
  8. Keep Organic Material Away From Exterior Walls Roaches often build temporary nests in firewood, brush, and dead/decaying foliage. Place your firewood supply away from the house. Place your shrubbery several feet away from the home’s foundation.
  9. Don’t let Debris Pile Up Roaches are attracted to paper and wood. If paper bags or newsprint is left lying around, it becomes slightly damp because of the interior humidity. These items should be taken outside and placed in garbage or recycling cans that have tight-fitting lids.
  10. Use Organic Deterrents Certain plants such as catnip, cucumber, and garlic work to repel roaches. These can be grown around the perimeter of the home. Garlic can also be used in dried form as an inside-the-home deterrent.

If roaches become a real pest and the indoor population gets out of control, it means that a hidden nest is somewhere on the premises. It may become necessary to call in the services of a professional exterminator in order to remove the colony through the use of high-strength pesticides.

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