We at Homestead Pet Management know that one of the most disgusting and bothersome West Tn pests is the cockroach. According to the University of Minnesota’s Extension website, “Cockroaches can be carried into homes in bags, boxes, and luggage. Corrugated cardboard boxes are a particularly good source of infestations. Examine containers that are brought into your home carefully for the presence of cockroaches or their egg capsules, especially if they are brought in from locations known to be infested with cockroaches. Sanitation is very important to reduce cockroach infestations. Cockroaches need water and food to live. By limiting their access to these resources, you reduce their ability to survive and reproduce. It is difficult to make your home and other buildings completely unacceptable for cockroaches, but you can minimize an existing infestation when improving sanitation:
- Do not leave food out over night; keep all food stored in a refrigerator or in insect-proof containers made of plastic, metal, or glass with tight-fitting covers.
- Do not leave pet food and water out overnight.
- Wash your dishes, pans, and utensils as soon as you are done using them.
- Remove all food or spilled drinks from counter tops and clean counters, sinks, and tables with soapy water.
- Vacuum all cracks and crevices to remove debris and food. Also sweep or vacuum any food and debris on floors.
- Take garbage out daily in closed plastic containers; keep waste containers washed and clean.
- Repair any leaky water pipes or faucets.
- Recycle cans and bottles on a regular basis; wash and clean containers that hold recycling items.
- Increase ventilation where condensation is a problem.”
The key to keeping cockroaches at bay is to get rid of them if you have them, then practice ongoing preventative maintenance with professionals like our team at Homestead Pest Management. We are West TN’s pest control experts, and we can help you rid your home of all manner of pests and provide ongoing maintenance to ensure that your property stays pest-free. Contact us today to get a personalized assessment and treatment plan for your home and property, no contract necessary!
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