Did you know that in your lifetime you have probably lived with at least a few cockroaches? This may come as a shock to you but the truth is, cockroaches like living with us--but they don’t particularly enjoy being around us. Confused? Let us explain. Most homes are a paradise for roaches. There are plenty of dark and cramped areas to hide, loads of food to scavenge, and silent nights to roam around undisturbed. Let’s just say, if you see a cockroach, they are doing their job wrong. Our hope is that your home doesn’t have a roach problem because we have some ways you can keep it that way!
Common Roaches In St. George
Before we talk about how you can keep cockroaches away, let’s talk about the most common roaches that want to be in our homes.
Fortunately, here in St. George, we don’t have too much variety when it comes to cockroaches. The only two types you really have to worry about are German cockroaches and American cockroaches.
German Cockroach: Not actually from Germany, but thought to have originated from Asia, the German cockroach is the most common pest roach in the world. Found on every continent except Antarctica, these light brown to tan insects prefer living with humans and wouldn’t spend a minute outdoors if they had a choice.
American Cockroach: Known for being the largest cockroach in America, the American cockroach is only second to the German cockroach when it comes to home invasions. Also known as water bugs, these reddish-brown insects are some of the creepier pests you could find crawling around in your home.
The Dangers Of Cockroaches
Just because cockroaches don’t like being around humans does not mean they are not a threat. By their nature, cockroaches are filthy pests. To a cockroach, trash smells like a bouquet of roses, and rotting carcasses like a gourmet meal. All roaches want to do is spend time in the trash, around sewers, and wherever things have died. These habits cause cockroaches to pick up dangerous bacteria, pathogens and parasites. Carrying these on their bodies cockroaches skitter through our homes, spreading potential sickness and disease wherever they go. Cockroaches have also been linked to allergic reactions and asthma attacks.
Some Ways You Can Keep Roaches Out Of Your Home
Here is where we get into the meat of this article and why you are here. To keep dangerous roaches out of your St. George home, here is what we suggest you do.
- Inspect the exterior of your home. Look for any cracks or gaps in your foundation that cockroaches might use to get inside. Seal these potential entryways using a caulking gun.
- Inspect your home’s door and window screens for rips and tears. Repair or replace any damaged screens you find.
- Install door sweeps on all exterior doors.
- Make sure all of your interior and exterior trashcans have tight-fitting lids to keep cockroaches out.
- Keep your home as clean as possible. Focus on picking up food messes and drink spills as they occur, and pick up pet food bowls immediately after they are done with them.
- Store leftover food in airtight containers
- Wipe down countertops and kitchen tables before and after you use them.
How To Get Roaches Out Of Your Home
Many people fall into the deception that roach spray is a quick and easy solution to kill cockroaches. The truth is, it isn't’ that simple. Not only is roach spray dangerous to humans and pets, but it is also not effective at fully eliminating a roach infestation. To save yourself time, money, and stress, consider the benefit of professional roach control, courtesy of Pickett Pest Control. Our professionals have the tools and expertise to handle cockroach infestations. No extra hassle, no unnecessary risk, just results.