Cockroach Infestations – What Should You Do?
Cockroaches are not a structural pest in that they do not cause physical damage to buildings or surroundings; however, they can be a significant health concern and a difficult nuisance. Cockroaches can contaminate food products with their bodies or their waste products; they may also leave a disturbing odor in areas where infestation has taken place.
Foraging cockroaches can also be vectors of disease, depositing germs or bacteria in areas that they infest and causing attacks of asthma in some people prone to reactions to cockroaches.
How to Prevent a Cockroach Infestation
Cockroaches are a disgusting pest to have in one’s home; however, there are some great ways to limit the risk of a cockroach infestation. Some of the ways to keep cockroaches out include:
- Eliminate their food sources.
- Roaches are attracted to fruits, vegetables, crumbs, and garbage. Make sure to keep food in sealed containers, garbage tightly sealed, and all pet food stored with tight-fitting lids.
- Properly clean up your space.
- If you’ve made a mess cooking or eating with your family, it’s important to be prompt to sweep, mop, or clean anything that has fallen onto the ground.
- Make sure that you wash your dishes or get them in the dishwasher immediately after you eat. Leaving dirty dishes out is another cockroach invitation.
- Eliminate their hiding spots.
- Spend some time cleaning up cluttered piles of newspapers and any other potential roach habitats.
- Get rid of any cardboard boxes or old grocery bags. Any warm, dark place is attractive to roaches.
Cockroaches In Homes & Restaurants
Bottom line, keeping your property clean is the key to preventing cockroaches and pests of all kinds. In restaurants that are not cleaned thoroughly, for example, it can be nearly impossible to completely eradicate cockroaches. Special attention to cleanliness and sanitation—particularly in the kitchens and bathrooms—will be very beneficial. Caulking and sealing small gaps underneath doors and in windows as well interior molding, anywhere they can touch their front and backs is also a great way to keep roaches out. It is always harder to get cockroaches out of your home than it is to prevent them in the first place. In some situations, cockroaches will become a problem due to factors outside of your control. In multifamily housing situations where there are shared walls with plumbing, you may have a neighbor next door (or elsewhere in the building) whose behavior is contributing to an existing cockroach problem.
When to Call a Cockroach Exterminator
When you see one cockroach in your property, it’s a bad sign you likely have an infestation already on your hands. Because cockroaches are elusive and stay hidden, it’s smart to call a cockroach exterminator right away. The experts at Western Exterminator of Las Vegas have the knowledge and experience to not only get rid of current cockroaches in your home, but prevent future ones from returning as well!
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