August 5, 2015
When it rains, it pours. The same principal applies to cockroaches. When cockroaches find a premier location that offers them food, water, and harborage, they mark their territory. This ensures that they, as well as fellow cockroaches, find their way back to the Holy Grail of cockroach livin’. If you’re wondering how they mark their territory, think about how a dog marks its territory…except for in the solid form. Yuk! But here’s the good news: with a little bit of vacuuming and a little bit of surface wiping, you can leave the cockroaches that infest your home confused with no trail to follow. Who thought a little bit of cleaning would do the trick?
Food, water, and harborage; these are the three things cockroaches need to survive and effectively mate. Think of it as the cockroach’s Triangle of Survival. If you remove one of the corners, i.e. food, the cockroaches won’t be able to effectively mate and will eventually move out in search of a new home. Same goes for water. Since a cockroach will always find shelter under your sink, fridge or bathroom cabinets, it’s best to focus on the elimination of food and water.
To a cockroach, food could mean the crumbs surrounding the toaster, or it could mean a drop of ketchup on the floor or even the grease on the dirty dishes sitting in the sink. Even though it’s hard to narrow it down to a single food source, the all-encompassing option for taking away a cockroach’s food source is to be CLEAN! Wash those dishes immediately after your meal, don’t let them sit in the sink! I’m sure I’m starting to sound like your freshman year college roommate, but that’s okay, I’ll be that guy. Wipe the kitchen surfaces after cooking and vacuum the house once a week. That’s all it takes to solve your cockroach problem: a little bit of effort!
Eliminating their water source is a bit trickier. Unless your tub is clogged or you constantly leave the cover on the toilet seat up, sometimes it’s hard to find where the cockroach population in your home is drinking. Check your plumbing to see if there are any leaks. If so, fix them. Also, check the condensation catch tray under your fridge. Make sure that you are in the habit of emptying it. If you are a plant person, make sure you don’t overwater. Standing water in your potted plants can just be that elusive water source that has been feeding the entire population of roaches in your home. Do some detective work; find that water source and eliminate it.
If all else fails and your cockroaches aren’t taking the hint, it’s time to call in the professionals. Contact the experts here at Nozzle Nolen and we’ll use an Integrated Pest Management system that entails monitoring the cockroaches’ Triangle of Survival as well as setting out baits in strategically placed areas where the cockroaches will find them and bring them back to the nest, eliminating the population.
Once you’ve controlled the cockroach population in your house and eliminated them completely, keep up with these best practices. You never know. With your new home cleaning practices, you may find that you have replaced the cockroaches with a few new human friends!
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