5 Steps To Defend Your Jacksonville Home From Cockroaches This Spring
May 7, 2019
When it comes to bugs, cockroaches have one of the worst reputations. We think of them as dirty and gross, and for good reason. These pests inhabit many germ-filled places and can spread disease with alarming frequency. While we may think of cockroaches as only infesting dirty homes, that’s simply not the case. And once you have a roach infestation, it is extremely difficult to get rid of them. Your best line of defense against cockroaches is prevention. These five steps will help you defend your Jacksonville home from cockroaches this spring.
Fix Leaks and Reduce Humidity
Cockroaches often enter homes in the spring in order to get out of the heat. However, they need a moist environment to call home. This makes it imperative to keep your home dry. Check often for water leaks, drippy faucets, and sweaty pipes, and fix any that you find.
- Keep your home’s humidity low by establishing good ventilation and using dehumidifiers in the most humid areas, like bathrooms and laundry rooms.
- Check packages. Cockroaches can get into homes in a number of ways. One of those ways is by riding in on items you bring into your home. Always check bags, boxes, and packages for hitchhikers before bringing them into your home. While this may seem like a hassle, it’s far better than ending up with a roach problem later on.
- Seal holes. Another common way for cockroaches to get into homes is by crawling in through an opening in your home. You may be surprised by how many openings your home has. Check the outside of your house for cracks in your foundation, holes in your siding, and gaps around your windows and doors. Seal or repair any that you find. Also consider that leaving doors or windows open without screens, or with screens that have holes or tears, is like putting out a welcome banner for cockroaches.
- Remove garbage. Defending your Jacksonville home against cockroaches doesn’t stop at limiting the ways they can get inside. It also includes limiting the things that would attract cockroaches in the first place. Roaches are attracted to food sources and since they eat some pretty gross things, they can often be found snacking on garbage. Make sure to remove the garbage inside your house on a regular basis. Also, make sure that any outdoor garbage containers have tight-fitting lids to deny access to hungry roaches.
- Keep food inaccessible, Roaches don’t just eat garbage. They’re happy to eat whatever food you have lying around your house. That makes it imperative to put all food away in tightly sealed containers or in the refrigerator. Don’t leave anything out on your counters. You’ll also want to make sure that you wipe down your counters and clean your dishes after eating, as well as sweep up any crumbs that may have fallen on the floor.
If you discover a roach in your Jacksonville house, chances are good that there are more hidden away, perhaps many more. In order to effectively remove them, call Lindsey Pest Services. We have years of experience dealing with cockroaches, so we understand their habits, hiding places, and how to get rid of them. We’ll also take the necessary steps to make sure you don’t end up with a repeat problem. Give us a call today to learn more about our cockroach control treatments.
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