Souderton Homeowners Guide to Cockroach Prevention
No one likes to find dirty roaches in the house. Those insects are gross. But they don't just look gross. Cockroaches tend to be extremely filthy insects because they are drawn to locations that are filled with bacteria. They climb in dumpsters. They crawl around in sewers. They feed on the flesh of dead animals. If you're seeing roaches in your home, you have good cause to be uncomfortable. Those insects can make you, and everyone else in your home, very sick. That is why it is so important to take steps to keep cockroaches out. Let's take a look at some reasons cockroaches get in and how you can prevent this from happening.
Just Because They Can
When cockroaches get into your home, it is usually by accident. They see a hole, gap or crack and just squeeze on in there. They don't know there is food inside your home. They're just exploring. Your first step in cockroach prevention should be to seal all the possible entry points cockroaches exploit.
- Inspect and repair door sweeps and weatherstripping.
- Examine around your door and window frames. If you see gaps, use a caulking gun to seal those gaps up.
- Look for gaps around plumbing pipes that pass through your foundation wall and seal them.
- Look for cracks in your foundation wall and patch them.
- If you have a brick home, make sure your weep holes are protected from insect entry. There are products you can purchase that will do this.
- Keep your window screens in good repair.
Conditions That Attract Cockroaches
Those cockroaches have some preferences to where they prefer to crawl around. If your yard offers what they're looking for, you're going to have more roaches. Here are a few examples:
- Damp ground. There are many ways the ground can become damp. It is usually connected to something being placed on the ground that blocks the sun, such as a tarp, some old tires, firewood, construction materials, or gravel.
- Cockroaches crawl around under these objects where it is warm on their backs and moist on their bellies.
- Open trash. The rotting organic material in your trash can lure cockroaches from a distance. Once they get in close, it is easy for a roach to scale up and get inside. The worst situation is when organic material leaks through the bottom and creates a damp, nasty breeding location for cockroaches.
- Unbalanced Compost. If you don't balance your compost, you're going to attract cockroaches. Make sure your carbon/nitrogen ratio is right. If your compost doesn't smell too bad, you know it is properly balanced.
- Vegetation. Cockroaches love crawling around in landscaping, especially damp landscaping that has lots of vegetation.
You can resist cockroaches by putting spaces between your plants, allowing sunlight and good airflow to keep the topsoil dry. It also makes it harder for cockroaches to hide from view, which is their preference.
Sometimes cockroaches hitch a ride into a home. They can climb into a bag of groceries. They can be inside a piece of furniture purchased at a yard sale. They can be brought home with college-age kids. What is perhaps the most disturbing of all is that they can be brought into your home on the bottom of your shoe. If you step on a cockroach, you could get eggs in the tread of your shoe and those eggs don't need the mommy cockroach to hatch.
- Always check packages at the grocery store for holes or damage.
- Check your grocery bags, especially if someone else packed them.
- Inspect used furniture closely before bringing items into your home and consider leaving these objects in an outside area for a few day if possible, looking to see if cockroach feces appears around the furniture item during the night.
- Keep in mind that it is not a good idea to step on cockroaches. If you do, be sure to clean the bottoms of your shoes.
What to Remember Most About Cockroaches
If you ever find cockroaches in your Souderton home or you'd like to never have cockroaches invade your home, reach out to Moyer Pest Control. Our pest control team is one of the best in the business. We can help you stay roach-free.
Knowing what attracts cockroaches and how to keep them out can go a long way in protecting yourself from these disgusting and dangerous pests.