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Must-Do Tips for Preventing Cockroaches in Your Home

blog-caulkingNo one likes seeing these pests scurrying across the counter. Yet, as fall’s already here, cockroaches attempt to come indoors this time of year, and the keys to keeping them out are blocking their path and providing no food source.

So, as the weather gets colder, think about these tips:

Seal Off the Inside

What’s the easiest way for a roach to enter? Through a crack or crevice open to the outdoors. Be sure to:

  • Caulk any gaps by doors, windows, and utility lines.
  • Repair any broken or torn screens.
  • Make sure mulch, shrubs, and trees sit at least a foot from your home.
  • Not lay firewood against the side of your home.
  • Remove any thick or dead vegetation.
  • Fill any tree holes, as these could become nesting sites.

The Inside

Roaches come indoors not just for the warmth, but also because your home provides food, water, and darkness. Clutter makes it easy for them to hide, so be sure to:

  • Clean your trash can and keep it closed at all times.
  • Clean under the stove and refrigerator, as crumbs accumulate in these places.
  • Always repair loose wallpaper.
  • Store all foods inside airtight containers.
  • Repair any leaks immediately, especially if it’s directly below the sink.
  • Keep cabinets lined with either paper or enamel, and if you see any damage, repair it right away.
  • Any cracks on the floor or in the walls should be sealed, as roaches can enter and make a nest.
  • Clean behind your television set and under furniture.
  • Check any firewood for insects before you bring it inside your home.
  • Keep your drains clean.
  • Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink.
  • Regularly sweep and mop the floors, and vacuum any rugs and upholstery.

If you do notice cockroaches inside your home, understand that thousands more may be living in the walls. While roach traps may help, getting rid of the problem ultimately comes down to hiring a quality exterminator.

Eliminate ‘Em is on call 24-7 to handle any pest control issues. At the first sign of an infestation, contact our team to schedule a roach extermination service.