How Cockroaches Are Getting Inside This Summer
August 16, 2018
Cockroaches are very common summertime pests as the warm, humid summer weather causes them to become very active and begin scurrying around, feeding, and breeding. To keep these creepy, disease-spreading, difficult-to-eliminate pests from taking up residence inside your home, the professionals at Lindsey Pest Services want to provide you with some helpful information about cockroaches! Remember the old saying “knowledge is power”? Well, this saying couldn’t be truer when it comes to protecting your home and family from cockroaches! We want to provide you with some facts and tips about cockroach infestations so you can correct the things around your home that may accidentally be attracting them or allowing them inside!
First, let’s talk about some of the common ways that cockroaches find their way inside homes. Cockroaches often make their way into homes by hitchhiking inside items like boxes, packages, used appliances, electronics, or used furniture. They can also find their way inside on their own through gaps found around windows and doors, open windows or doors, cracks in the foundation of your home, or even through the sewer system or your plumbing pipes!
As you can see, there are many ways that these disgusting pests find their ways into homes, which is one of the reasons they are so difficult to control. But, why do cockroaches enter homes? What exactly are they looking for? In the summer cockroaches often invade homes to escape the hot temperatures found outside. They seek the cooler, controlled temperatures that are found inside our houses. Cockroaches also make their way inside while searching for food and water sources and any crumbs that they find will act as an invitation for them to stay!
Some of the common mistakes that homeowners make that allow cockroaches to easily find their way inside include the following:
- Leaving windows or doors open for long periods of time.
- Not repairing cracks and crevices found in the foundation or exterior walls of their home.
- Not replacing window or door screens that have rips or holes in them.
- Storing food out in the open on counters or tables instead of in the refrigerator or in containers with airtight lids.
- Not using outdoor trash cans with locking lids to store garbage in until trash pick-up day.
- Not fixing leaky pipes or fixtures in your home.
- Not sealing gaps or spaces found around pipes or utilities that are entering your home.
Keeping cockroaches from choosing your home to live inside of this summer is very important, not only because they will invade every nook and corner of your home and become very difficult to eliminate, but also because they have the potential to carry and transmit a wide variety of diseases that can make people very ill! Some of the diseases and bacteria that they carry and spread include: cholera, dysentery, gastroenteritis, and salmonellosis. Due to the many diseases that cockroaches can spread and their highly-invasive nature, professional control is the best option to control and eliminate these pests.
If you have seen cockroaches inside your home, it is extremely important to contact the pest professionals at Lindsey Pest Services immediately so that we can come to your aid and provide the services needed to completely eliminate them and to prevent their return as quickly as possible. To learn more about how we can help protect your home from dangerous and invasive cockroaches, give us a call today!
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