Here’s a riddle. What is brown, has six legs, and loves to sneak into your home? The answer is no laughing matter – it’s a cockroach.
There are more than 69 different types of roaches throughout the U.S. These bothersome bugs find shelter in dark places in and around homes, typically around kitchen sinks, cabinets, pipes, windows and doorframes, and outdoors, where they can be found hiding under mulch, in trees, or other plants.
Aside from causing a fright when spotted, roaches can also harbor Salmonella and cause asthma. so it’s important to vacuum and sanitize an area where there are roaches to prevent any health problems.
Massey Services, a leader in pest prevention, offers these tips to combat roaches:
- Roaches need water to survive. Eliminate any leaky pipes, and do not allow water to build up inside or outside of the home.
- Most roaches are cannibalistic and will eat dead roaches if they are not cleaned up. That’s why it’s important to clean up all dead roaches in and around your home rather than attract and feed live roaches.
- Larger roaches leave droppings that look like coffee grounds. Make sure there are no “coffee grounds” in any of your drawers or cabinets.
- Roaches are most frequently spotted near garbage cans and refrigerators. Be sure to seal garbage cans, dispose of trash properly, and clean up any crumbs or food that is left out.
- These tiny, flat creatures have the ability to sneak in through the tiniest cracks and crevices in the home. Make sure to seal off any openings, keep shrubbery and fire wood away from the home, as well as newspapers, bags and clothing.
The best way to prevent roaches from getting in your home is with an effective pest prevention program. To schedule a free inspection or to learn more on preventing roaches and other pests from gaining access inside your home, contact Massey Services today.