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Tips To Effectively Combat A Cockroach Infestation In West Chester

Cockroaches aren't just annoying pests. When you have a cockroach infestation, you have a health concern that you should address expeditiously. Cockroaches are attracted to dirty things and eat disgusting things. Effective cockroach control must include a way to prevent roaches from impacting your health. So, as you set your mind to combating cockroaches in West Chester, you should have sanitation high on your list. Join us as we look at how sanitation guards you against cockroach-related illnesses and provide preventative protection. Stick with us to the end because we'll tell you how to get rid of cockroaches forever.  

Before we get started, remember that immediate assistance for cockroach pest control in West Chester is available. You don't have to read this article to find a solution. Jump to our contact page and reach out to us to schedule a service visit. Our certified technicians can help you find a quick resolution to your roach problem. With that said, let's get into today's topic.

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Are You Dealing With A Cockroach Infestation?

You know you have a roach problem when you find the cockroaches in your home hiding underneath piles of stuff on the floor or when you see them going in and out of your air conditioning unit. But these are not early signs of a cockroach infestation. Cockroaches are nocturnal insects that mostly stay hidden even at night when they look for food sources in your home. Seeing cockroaches during the day is a warning sign that your home has thousands of roaches. It is best to find roaches before you see them.

There are a few warning signs to look for inside your home. Let's start by listing the signs:

  • Black roach droppings
  • Shed skins
  • Oothecae (egg casings)
  • Pheromones (smells)
  • Damage

Roaches will leave these signs around when they explore your home. You can count on it. But they don't leave them out in the open until they've overrun your home. You'll need to look for these signs in hidden places. Here are a few examples:

  • It is possible to see black cockroach droppings all over walls, floors, ceilings, and surfaces in secluded spaces. You may find them in your attic, storage room, boiler room, etc. Most of the time, these droppings will not be out in the open. You'll find them behind and underneath appliances or in the backs of drawers, shelves, and cabinets. 
  • Cockroaches shed their skins many times. You might find shed skins on floors and in hidden places. But, more often than not, you'll need to probe deeper. You might have to examine the seams on stored couches, chairs, mattresses, and box springs. Tight spaces attract cockroaches, and cockroach nymphs can get into extremely tight spaces due to their small size.
  • Some cockroaches lay their oothecae in dark, secluded places in your home. These reddish-brown pouches are small but noticeable. Look for them in dark voids, behind and underneath objects.
  • The more cockroaches you have in your house, the more you're likely to smell them. Cockroaches excrete pheromone to communicate with each other. These pheromones smell oily, musty, and musky. Use your nose to detect this scent in your attic, storage rooms, and garage.
  • Cockroaches eat paper and cardboard. The holes they create may help you track down other warning signs. Look for these holes in pantry food packages or store cardboard boxes. Finding holes in cardboard or paper isn't conclusive evidence, but they help to unravel the mystery of whether or not roaches have infested your home. Also, look for holes in clothing and upholstery or damage to wallpaper.

The next step after finding evidence of cockroach activity in your home is to consider the threat. You already know that roaches can damage your stuff, but the greatest risk is not to your property but your health.

Are Roaches Harmful To Your Health?

If you find a cockroach in your house, you should take action. Cockroaches and human disease transmission are closely linked. Cockroaches spread harmful bacteria, parasitic worms, and pathogens as they move from dirty places to areas that should remain sanitary. When you take steps to keep your home clean, two things happen: You remove attractants that make roaches want to live with you and reduce the ability for roaches to move from unsanitary areas to clean kitchen surfaces quickly.

It is essential to understand that sanitation won't fully protect you from illnesses related to cockroaches because these insects don't just transport microorganisms. They are a source of allergens. Studies reveal that homes with cockroaches have an increased rate of hospitalizations where asthma-related symptoms are concerned.  

Six Tips For Effective Cockroach Control 

The problem with cockroaches is that most West Chester residents don't know how to get rid of cockroach infestations. These insects are relentless and mysterious pests. But, there are six steps you can take to deter cockroaches naturally. Let's work from the inside to the outside of y our home.

  • Address interior moisture problems. Dry conditions impact some pest roaches in a big way. Oriental cockroaches and American cockroaches are at the top of the list. When you fix leaks, you remove a constant water source that these roaches require. These repairs are also worth making because they can drastically reduce your water bill.
  • Humidity. Along with removing water sources in your home, you need to consider humidity levels. Areas that are high in humidity will provide a perfect environment for roaches. Use the fan in your bathroom when you take a shower or bath. Doing this will also guard building materials from damage. Install ventilation or dehumidifiers in areas of your home that tend to stay humid.
  • Sanitation. Cockroaches will want to live with you if your home isn't clean. We know it is a ton of work, but it is work that is well worth the effort. A clean home is resistant to many pests other than cockroaches. Keep floors clean. Deep clean around appliances. Manage your trash to remove the subtle smell of decaying organic matter.
  • Protect food. There are so many ways a cockroach can get a bite to eat inside your home. Some of them may surprise you. Cockroaches can get into your dishwasher and feed off dirty dishes. Store dishes in soapy water until you're ready to wash them or thoroughly rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher. Cockroaches chew through cardboard and paper food packages, so store these foods in sealed plastic or glass containers. Cockroaches feed on dog and cat food. Put pet food down only during meals and never leave food overnight. Cockroaches eat hair, dead skin, and feces. Keep your bathroom as clean as possible.
  • Seal potential entry points. When cockroaches explore your exterior, you want them to find as few entry points as possible. Use a caulking gun and cans of expanding foam to fill all the gaps, cracks, and holes in your home. Replace weatherstripping, door sweeps, and damaged screens. Install weep hole protectors if your home has weep holes.
  • Remove the attractants that increase cockroach activity near your home. The scent of dirty receptacles attracts roaches, so keep your trash receptacles as clean as possible. Cockroaches hide underneath leaves, dead branches, stacked wood, grass clippings, and natural materials. Move all these materials away from your exterior. Stay on top of picking up dog waste in your yard if you have a dog.

When you meticulously work to remove the reason cockroaches want to hang out near your home or live inside your home, you naturally drive them away. While all-natural, this strategy isn't perfect. It's hard work. If you don't have the time or energy to do this work, don't worry. There is another solution. You can hire a pest control provider that offers these and other cockroach control services. Not all companies do. You need to ask about exclusion work and sanitation services.

Professional Cockroach Control For West Chester Homes

Are you in West Chester? If so, you're in our service area. The technicians here at Moyer Pest Control are afraid to roll their sleeves up and do the hard work of excluding roaches from your home. We offer exclusion and sanitation services. Along with these natural solutions, your technician also provides layers of pest control to keep roaches out. We may apply granular applications in your yard and landscaping. We may apply a liquid treatment around the exterior of your home. In areas where cockroaches are active, we might apply sticky traps, bait, and other products that capture cockroaches and help monitor cockroach activity. We may inject dust products into wall voids. No two cockroach problems are exactly the same. Your Moyer Pest Control technician is a certified professional with the knowledge to track roaches down and exterminate them. 

Would you like service for your West Chester home? Connect with us through our contact page or give us a call. We look forward to helping you find the best solution for your specific needs and budget. We don't just eliminate cockroaches; we help you keep them out forever.   

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