Folsom’s Step-By-Step Guide To Cockroach Prevention

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Any responsible homeowner knows that the best way to solve problems is to stop them from happening in the first place. The same is true of pests and keeping them outside of the home. By the time the problem signs present themselves, it’s often too late to eradicate pest populations without expert help. That’s certainly true of cockroaches which can create a whole host of headaches and dangers for families once they make it indoors.

Cockroaches: Nature’s Peskiest Pest

Like other bugs, cockroaches are six-legged insects that crawl around in dirty places and multiply quickly. Typically ovalular in shape and brown or reddish in color, cockroaches not only skitter across the ground, but many varieties have wings that allow them to glide and flutter from place to place. No matter what type of cockroach has made its way inside, they can pose serious risks to people and property. Here are just a few of the problems cockroaches can cause:

  • Disease and parasites: Cockroaches are well-known purveyors of some serious sickness. Because they root around in sewers and dumpsters, they can spread those nasty germs around your home or business as they search for food and shelter. 
  • Dust and allergens: Perhaps a lesser-known fact is that cockroaches are also linked to serious allergic reactions, particularly in children and senior citizens. Their hairy bodies are perfect for tracking dust and other allergens around and their very presence can lead to asthmatic attacks and serious allergic reactions.
  • They’re just gross: As if all this wasn’t enough to convince you that roaches are bad news, they generally contribute to conditions of squalor. They can create nasty odors that permeate the house, and their damp bodies can create streaks and stains all over the surface of floors and walls.

Cockroach Prevention & Mitigation

With an awareness of the damage and disease caused by cockroaches, it's important to develop preventative measures to keep them out of your home. Use the following tips and tricks to make your home roach-proof:

  • Seal cracks and holes: Cockroaches can flatten their bodies and squeeze through the smallest openings. Regularly inspecting the floors, walls, and windows of your home and fixing any problem spots along the way is a good preventative measure. 
  • Moisture control: Roaches love dark, damp places, so they will be attracted to areas where moisture is likely to build up over time. Therefore, address leaking pipes, install proper ventilation systems, and clean up spills right away.
  • Proper food storage & disposal: Cockroaches can detect the smallest traces of food anywhere in a home, so deep cleaning is a must. Make sure no crumbs or residues are left behind after meals and food preparation. Storing food products in tough containers, rather than store-bought packaging that can be chewed through will help deter cockroaches.

The Best Approach: Ongoing Professional Service

Because of the dangerous problems that follow roaches, it’s best to not take chances with cockroach populations.  We believe in implementing preventative strategies, so if you’re looking to avoid a problem before it starts, our friendly staff at Neighborly Pest Management can lend a hand. You also shouldn’t wait for a full-blown infestation to turn to professional help. Regular inspection and service by the experts will reduce the likelihood of roaches getting in in the first place. 
If you already detected an infestation, turn to professional help for total peace of mind. Our technicians at Neighborly Pest Management have experience dealing with cockroaches and know how to fully eradicate their populations. 
Only the pros know all the areas where roaches like to hide and nest. Choose the responsible way by hiring Neighborly Pest Management for routine inspections and thorough extermination of roaches and other pests. Contact us today to discuss all of your pest control options.