If you’re like Batzner, you’re wondering when the frigid weather will end. You’ve probably thought to yourself “temperatures should start to get warmer—spring is here after all, right?” While the cold weather has its inconveniences, you may have a reason to be grateful for its extended stay: with the spring’s warmer weather come all manner of pests, especially the dreaded cockroach.
Like other pests, roaches try their best to avoid cold weather. Instead, they seek shelter in warm homes, hiding in cracks and other openings in your home. Roaches are not only disgusting, but they can affect your health, too, so it’s important to take steps to keep them out before they become active in the spring.
Prevention by Exclusion
Exclusion is the name of the game when keeping pests out of your home. Waging war against roaches using poisons and traps may be effective in killing the more courageous, but it doesn’t solve the problem. Roaches will keep coming into your home because they’re attracted to the environment. Instead, you should look to preventing them from entering and depriving them of a hospitable environment.
The first step for successful cockroach-proofing is to survey the inside and outside of your home for cracks and holes, which act as pathways for these disgusting pests. Roaches instinctively seek sources of water and food, so homes are always a good place to start. To get the most out of this, be as thorough as you can: go through cabinetry, floorboards, attics, etc. Another good idea is to make sure that doors that lead outside are completely sealed and that there isn’t a gap between the jambs.
Prevention by Sanitation
Exclusion works great to keep roaches out of your home, but does little to get rid of any already inside (unless you’ve just sealed them in). If you’ve encountered a roach or two in your home during the winter, preemptive sanitation ensures they won’t come back out for a late-night snack. Making sure that all of your dishes are cleaned, your kitchen area is dry, and that any food left out is tightly sealed is your best bet.
If performed successfully, you should be in store for a relatively roach-free summer! If you run into a roach after performing these steps, your home may have a source of water or other sanitation issue that attracts these pests. Batzner Pest Management can help identify the source of your cockroach worries and eliminate them for good, allowing you to enjoy the warmer weather without any unexpected guests.
To learn more about Batzner’s roach control services for residents of Wisconsin and Illinois, speak to a friendly pest control professional by calling 1-800-878-2110 or submit your information online at batzner.com for a free estimate today!