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9 Easy Tips to Prevent Cockroaches in your Home

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No one wants any sort of pest in their home, but the cockroach might be the most undesirable pest there is. These insects breed quickly, carry disease and can aggravate allergies and asthma symptoms. If your home is infested by cockroaches, by the time you actually see one of these bugs skittering across your floor or counter, you’re dealing with a full-blown infestation. That’s why your Memphis pest control experts at AAA Termite & Pest compiled this list of nine steps to prevent cockroaches in your home.

Tip 1) Keep Your Cooking & Food Storage Areas Clean

Like any other living thing, cockroaches need food. By keeping your kitchen free from easily accessible crumbs and other food debris, you eliminate any possible food sources. You also want to make sure your food storage areas are neat and orderly: cabinets, pantries, and using sealed packages and containers.

Tip 2) Water Leaks

Cockroaches need water as well as food. Checking for a leaky faucet or a dripping pipe is another quick way to reduce the risk of cockroaches in your home. Lastly, if you have pets, empty water dishes at the end of the night.

Tip 3) Seal Hiding Spots

Cockroaches can use the tiniest of spaces to infiltrate your home: cracks, holes, crevices, but also cord holes, outlets and light fixtures. By sealing up all of these spots and staying vigilant, the cockroaches won’t have any places to hide and make your house their home.

Tip 4) Entry Points

The best way to keep out any kind of pest is to deny them entry. Start by making sure your yard is clean of any debris, while keeping wood piles at a distance. Next, seal any cracks and holes in the siding and foundation of your home’s exterior. Finally, check window frames, and seal any small crevices with caulk. Maintaining a neat and tidy home is a straightforward way to keep your home free of cockroaches.

Tip 5) Cleaning

A clean home is a cockroach-free home. Make it part of your regular routine to wipe counters, sinks, stovetops, take your trash out regularly and keep garbage cans closed.

Tip 6) Keep it cool

Cockroaches seek out warm areas. Cool air also stunts the use of their muscles. By keeping your home cool you’re adding in additional preventative measures to keep your home roach free.

Tip 7) Use traps

You can set traps or use store-bought bait if you see a cockroach in your home. You may also want to try spraying the roach, or roaches, with a solution of soap and water; cockroaches breathe through their skin so this solution will suffocate them. The problem here is, by the time you’re actually seeing even one cockroach in your home, you’re likely dealing with a full-blown infestation.

Tip 8) Insect repellents

Another way to keep cockroaches away is to use natural remedies. Peppermint oil, cedar wood oil and cypress oil are essential oils that have been shown to repel roaches. You may also combine boric acid and powdered sugar. The sugar will lure them in, while the boric acid kills them. This mixture of sugar and boric could be harmful to pests and children, though.

Tip 9) Professional Help

The best way to protect your home against any type of pest infestation is to receive regular preventive treatments from a trusted local pest control company. At AAA Termite & Pest, our technicians can locate the source of your infestation, and provide a solution to eliminate these pests from your home. We can treat for cockroaches using gel bait, liquid sprays or Integrated Pest Management (IPM).

If you’d like to learn more about how AAA Termite & Pest can treat for cockroaches or any other type of pest, call (901) 737-7378 or schedule a consultation.