4 Reasons You’re Attracting Cockroaches In The Summer Heat & What To Do
By: Anthony Cardillo
As human beings, we get giddy over the idea of the winter ending and the sun finally shinning again. Unfortunately for us, the insects (especially cockroaches) are even more excited for the heatwaves to strike.
Quite frankly, typing the word cockroach makes me head start to feel itchy. They are a creature nobody wants to encounter in their home.
So why are they infesting your living spaces?
Well, there could be a couple reasons.
This applies to both the inside and outside of your home. A cluttered yard with old furniture, piles of grass clippings/leaves, old pots, etc. is an attractive sight to insects.
It’s necessary to clean up piles of garbage outside and store trash in barrels away from the house as a precaution.
More importantly, the inside of your home should have even less clutter. There are a lot of people that use basements and under cabinets as a place to stock and store lots of things. This can be dangerous when dealing with insects, specifically cockroaches.
They love to hide in piles of old paper or under worn out boxes in dark, congested, and damp areas.
The key is to create inhospitable environments for the roaches. They seek areas where they can find food, moisture, and shelter.
As a first step, focus on keeping these danger areas less congested.
Another important factor when protecting against roaches is being aware of moisture. Moisture is like air for a cockroach. They see moisture as an invitation to set up camp and create a new home for themselves.
Water can even create an environment for cockroaches that serves as their food source for an extended period of time, allowing them to live long stretches without food.
Common examples of moisture for cockroaches include leaky pipes under sinks, broken gutters, and wet spots from everyday activities (wet towels, sponges, etc.).
Checking appliances and pipes on a regular basis can be beneficial in the long term to assure for no leaks or damages that may attract unwanted creatures.
3. Lack of Cleaning
Cleaning covers almost all aspects of roach prevention but needs to be mentioned separately.
Old food scraps, pet bowls, and crumbs are the types of messes that invite cockroaches into your home. You’ll notice an infestation pretty quickly by leaving food jars open and failing to clean up dropped scraps on the floors of the house.
Always, always, always empty your pet’s food bowls. This is one of the worst attractors of these creepy crawlers as it will cause bacteria to grow and smells to occur.
All food items need to be stored in sealed containers to eliminate exposure.
Other things to be mindful of are cleaning dishes after usage, cleaning under/behind appliances, cleaning cabinets, and mopping/sweeping floors on a regular basis. Going extended periods of time without doing these chores will put you at risk for cockroach infestation, especially in the heat.
4. Cracks or Openings Into home
Of course, if your house has any major cracks near windows or in other entry ways there will be an increased likelihood of an insect infiltration. This may require more technical help but a simple scan of the exterior of your house regularly should prove to be a helpful and diligent response to any risk.
Particular areas to keep an eye on are in the kitchen and bathroom. Sometimes problems can come in unexpected places like a crack in the tub that will cause a minor leak. This would be a major problem and increase the risk of cockroaches.
Water and food sources will be the most vulnerable areas in homes, so keeping a close eye on where these sources are stored will keep you safe.
I Found A Roach
So the preventative steps didn’t work and you’ve found yourself a cockroach invasion somewhere in the house. What should you do?
First, you should investigate. Find some gloves and a flashlight and start looking around to see how serious the problem may be. Start by looking under your sinks in the kitchen and bathroom and then take a look in cabinets and check the corners and deep spots in these areas.
In these areas, you are searching for signs of cockroaches. This can either be in actual bug form, feces, eggs, or other dirty remains. Other warning signs include black streak marks or a bad smell.
The black streak marks are a result of roach droppings being left behind.
The bad smell to be on the lookout for is a chemical-like smell that roaches have. This is a signature of theirs as it is known to be a way they signal to attract a mate. Yuck. The best way to describe it is an heavy oily smell, it would stand out to the normal human nose right away.
When you find the homes of the roaches throughout the house, it’s time to fight back. Throw on those gloves and start cleaning. Use strong soap and towels to clean up any spots you’ve found feces, eggs, or any trace of roaches and sanitize and dispose.
People are often tempted to try to manage the problem on their own, but applying pesticide products can be costly, can be risky if not done right, and is seldom effective when applied by untrained people. Spend the money once by having a pro manage the problem for you, instead of spending it twice by having a pro come in after you have already purchased pesticides and invested time and energy into the problem. Spending the money to have it done right by professionals is money well spent – and you’ll sleep better knowing it was done right.
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