You might expect that we'll say cockroach pest control products are the best way to get rid of cockroaches. We are, after all, a pest control service provider. But we don't recommend using control products unless you're trained in their usage. It is far better to use natural methods because as they stunt population growth, drive roaches out, and keep roaches out, they'll also help to protect you from the health dangers associated with roach infestations. Do you want to know how to get rid of cockroaches naturally, and how to make your yard unwelcoming to roaches? We have some great tips and insights to share with you today. We'll tell you how the dirty habits of pest cockroaches impact your health and how altering certain conditions make the cockroaches in Lawrenceville want to pack up and move. Before we get started, we want to remind you that help is available if you're currently dealing with a cockroach infestation and you don't want to do the hard work of addressing it on your own. Navigate to our contact page to request professional cockroach pest control in Lawrenceville. We can help. With that said, let's get into our subject for today.
The Dirty Habits And Behaviors Of Common Cockroaches
You know roaches are dirty. It is common knowledge. But you may not know how dirty or how the dirty things they expose themselves to are what make them want to live with you. Let's look at each of these.
Roaches are attracted to dirty things. It should never surprise you to open up a trash receptacle and find cockroaches in it, even if the trash inside smells repulsive, but this is only the tip of the garbage heap. Cockroaches can crawl around in many gross places and on gross things. They also eat these things. We're not going to spend time discussing each. We'd just like to make the point that beetles are dirty because they climb in the dirt but roaches are dirty because they climb around where bacteria, parasitic worms, and human pathogens are found. Do you see the problem? Don't think for an instant that roaches are just dirty from being in the dirt—although that is also true.
A cockroach is at home in the grossest, dirtiest, and smelliest homes. We don't imagine your home is any of these. But there are instances of grossness in the cleanest of homes and, generally, most homes are a little bit dirty because it is hard to keep up with things.
- Your trash is obviously one location where smelly things exist.
- A mop bucket is a prime location for roaches if the mop isn't sanitized after mopping is complete.
- The bathroom toilet can attract cockroaches. Sometimes they try to get down and drink the water. Unfortunately, they cannot climb well on porcelain because it is too slippery. If you find a deceased roach in your toilet, it is likely that it slipped in and couldn't climb back out.
- If you have toddlers, you might have candy wrappers hidden in rooms, or apple cores left in waste paper baskets.
- Dirty dishes that sit next to the sink or in a dishwasher can provide meals for roaches.
- A dirty pet dish is enticing to a roach. But who wants to clean a dog or cat dish after every meal?
- If you like to eat snacks while watching television, you may have food particles in the gaps and cracks of your living room furniture.
- If you have a baby, you might have dirty diapers or sometimes dirty sheets that will attract roaches.
It is hard to keep your home clean enough to get rid of cockroaches. But it is not impossible when you combine sanitation with other roach control methods.
How Roaches Spread Germs And Trigger Allergies
You might have an idea in your mind that roaches climb out of your trash, walk across your cutting board, and get into food packages stored in your kitchen cabinets. This is true. They can do this. But there are other, far more surprising ways they spread germs. Cockroaches are known to drink saliva from the mouths of sleeping people. They are particularly drawn to the sour milk of infant mouths. When roaches crawl on the face of a person while they sleep, the harmful bacteria can get into the mouth and eyes. One result of this exposure is conjunctivitis, which is also known as pink eye. Do you see how the spread of germs is not nearly as straightforward as you might think? If you keep your home clean, you reduce the risk of this occurring. Pay close attention to cleaning your bathroom and managing your trash. These are particularly dirty troublespots.
Another surprising way cockroaches make people ill is that they are linked to asthma symptoms. Recent research has found that cockroach infestations in urban homes increased hospitalizations for asthma symptoms. It was particularly true of children. If you have a child that suffers from asthma, there is no place for cockroaches in your home.
Five Effective Cockroach-Prevention Tips
Now, let's take what we've discussed so far and apply it with other natural and effective cockroach control methods. Effective cockroach control is a multi-pronged strategy, only one part of which is sanitation.
A clean home is resistant to roaches. They may decide to go somewhere else if your home is too clean. But a clean home is not a guarantee that roaches won't try to live with you. It is only one factor. Keep in mind that your hard work will pay off in guarding you from roach-borne illnesses.
2. Humidity Control
Cockroaches prefer humid habitats. Some roaches will not tolerate living in a home that is dry. We're not talking about a dryness that causes skin problems, nosebleeds, and sore throats. Humidity control actually makes your home more comfortable for you. Install a dehumidifier to remove moisture from the air and use the fan in your bathroom when you take a shower or bath. These work together to make your home more comfortable for you and less comfortable for roaches.
3. Moisture Control
It may seem like we're repeating ourselves, and in a small way we are. Plumbing issues provide a water source for roaches to drink and will also increase humidity in your home. It is critical to repair leaking faucets, showerheads, pipes, garbage disposals, and to fix other plumbing problems. Cockroaches only need droplets of water in order to get the moisture they need for survival. It also helps to take showers and use sinks long enough before bed that the droplets of water have time to dry. Roaches are nocturnal insects. They come out at night to drink droplets of water in these places. Your goal is to make sure they don't find a drop to drink.
4. Access Control
Cockroaches can't easily get around in a home where someone has painstakingly sealed gaps in baseboards, window and door frames, cabinets, and around the pipes that come in under the sinks. Cockroaches don't tunnel through walls. They take advantage of openings that already exist.
5. Stop Roaches From Getting In
Most of your work is going to happen on the outside of your home. You need to stop roaches from continuing to access your home. It isn't easy. You have to consider every little gap or crack no matter how small. Cockroaches can fit through gaps ⅓ their height. You'll have to examine weatherstripping, door sweeps, window and door frames, utilities, vents, wood, screens, frames around screens, and more. You'll need some cans of expanding foam and a caulking gun to deal with most of these entry points.
We're not going to try and convince you that applying these steps is easy. It's hard work; plain and simple. In fact, it is so hard, most people decide to just buy some roach control products because they promise an easy solution. The reality is that improper roach control prolongs the infestation and allows roaches to continue to make you sick and damage your property. On top of this, you'll spend money, expend energy, and waste time you probably don't have to waste.
The Secret To The Most Effective Cockroach Control In Lawrenceville
A pest control technician isn't going to come in and clean your home or fix your plumbing issues. These steps aren't as critical when cockroach control is properly applied. Your technician may do some of all of the following:
- Use trusted materials to treat your interior to repel roaches or, in serious infestations, control roaches.
- Apply glue boards to monitor roach activity.
- Apply exclusions to keep roaches out.
- Inject a dust product into wall voids.
- Treat your exterior with a liquid product that makes it hard for roaches to live near your home or get inside.
- Apply granular products in landscaping and other key areas in your yard.
- Select baits that are known to work on the species of cockroaches found, and evaluate the success of the baits—switching out baits as necessary.
If you live in Lawrenceville, contact ProCare Pest Services. We do the hard work of exclusions that many other pest control providers don't, and our technicians use industry-trusted methods for addressing cockroaches with multi-pronged strategies. We know what is needed to get rid of roaches and keep them out. Connect with us today.