Spring into Action against Roaches

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.

American 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.

Roach Control

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!

April is National Pest Management Month

April is a month for celebration. No, not just because the weather is getting warmer. National Humor Month, International Guitar Month, National Poetry Month, National Pecan Month, National Welding Month, and my personal favorite, National Pest Management Month, are all recognized in April.

For more than 30 years, April has been declared National Pest Management Month (NPMM) to recognize the invaluable role professional pest management plays in protecting public health, food and property.

National Pest Management Month Logo

Pest Management Month comes at a time when pest activity begins to increase leading into the summer months, providing a perfect opportunity to take preventative measures against pests when tackling those spring cleaning or landscaping projects on your 2014 to-do list.

The National Pest Management Association recommends the following tips to pest-proof your home this spring.

• Seal any cracks on the outside of the home with a silicone-based caulk, including entry points for utilities and pipes.

• Replace weather-stripping and repair loose mortar around the foundation and windows.

• Keep tree branches and shrubbery well-trimmed and away from the house.

• Repair fascia and rotted roof shingles.

• Keep mulch at least 15 inches from the foundation.

• Eliminate sources of standing water around the house, including birdbaths and in clogged gutters.

• Keep basements, attics, and crawl spaces well ventilated and dry.

• Store garbage in sealed containers and dispose of it regularly.

• Avoid leaving pet’s food dishes out for long periods of time.

• Contact a licensed pest professional if an infestation is suspected.

For more information on National Pest Management Month, visit the National Pest Management Association Website, www.pestworld.org