We’re on the verge of spring, and it’s an exciting time for all of us that enjoy the sunshine and rising temperatures. While there is plenty to look forward to in the warmer months, one thing that none of us are excited for is the reemergence of cockroaches.
They could be hiding in the temperate nooks and crannies of your home right now, but soon enough, they’ll be ready to claim your whole space as their own. Roaches are not only gross and bothersome, they can actually be a health hazard, with the ability to spread various diseases. It’s important to take preventative measures to keep cockroaches out of your home before spring hits full swing.
Cockroach-Proofing Your Home
It’s a good idea to limit potential sources of shelter and food for roaches in your house before the season starts. Here are a few ways you can make your home less susceptible to a cockroach problem:
- Survey the inside and outside of your home for cracks and holes. Any slight pathway into your home will be taken advantage of by these pests. Be thorough – inspect your cabinets, floorboards, attics, and any other place where you think you might find damage.
- Eliminate open sources of water and food. Cockroaches will quickly detect food that has been left out or unsealed and make it their next meal. Keeping your kitchen clean and orderly will keep roaches at bay.
- Check all of the seals on your doors and windows. Roaches will make use of any tight space they can to get into your home. Make sure there are no gaps between the jambs on your doors.
Prevention by Sanitation
Preparing for the season works great to keep roaches out of your home, but does little to get rid of any already inside. If you’ve encountered a roach or two inside your house during the winter, maintaining a sanitation routine ensures that they won’t be around for long:
- Make sure that all of your dishes are cleaned, your kitchen area is dry, and that any food left out is tightly sealed.
- Clean your stovetop and mop your floors frequently – roaches will find any grease and crumbs that you’ve passed over.
- To go the extra mile, take out your garbage every night. Trash cans and compost bins full of food waste will quickly become a hot spot for cockroaches looking to eat.
Getting the Most out of Cockroach Control
Taking these steps into account should set you up for a relatively roach-free summer! If you run into a roach issue even after performing these steps, your home may have an unidentified water source or another sanitation issue that could be beyond your control. The cockroach extermination experts at Batzner Pest Control can help identify the source of your cockroach outbreak and eliminate them for good, allowing you to enjoy the warmer weather without any unexpected guests.
If you’re interested in learning more about how Batzner’s roach control services can help Wisconsin residents like you get rid of their pest problems, we encourage you to fill out our online form to get a free estimate today!