Preparing for Fall Cockroach Infestations
October 4, 2018
South Florida might not get the cold winters that other areas do, but we understand, better than most, the relief that comes when temperatures finally start to cool down after blistering hot summers. There’s something nice about feeling a slight chill in the air and being able to cozy up under a blanket while you watch TV at night.
To many insects, the change in temperatures is the signal they need to find warm shelter for the winter. In a similar fashion to humans, they enjoy hunkering down inside, and sometimes the place they find to live is your home. One such insect is the cockroach.
Beyond the obvious “yuck factor” there are a host of reasons why you don’t want cockroaches in your house. Perhaps the least bothersome reason is that they may ruin some of your possessions. Certain types of cockroaches feed on book bindings, and similar substances.
But health concerns are a major reason you don’t want roaches in your house. Cockroaches are not clean creatures. They are attracted to the most unsanitary places, such as garbage bins and sewers and, as they travel through these areas, they pick up some nasty things on their bodies.
Cockroaches are linked to six kinds of parasitic worms, such as tapeworm, and dozens of different types of bacteria, pathogens, and diseases. They have been known to spread cholera, gastroenteritis, and even leprosy, to name just a few. As they travel around your home, they’ll contaminate the surfaces and food they crawl over, leaving you susceptible to illness.
Not only do cockroaches leave behind the germs they pick up in their travels, but they also leave behind their excrement which will also contaminate your home.
Finally, the bodies of roaches have been shown to aggravate allergies and asthma symptoms in some people, even triggering dangerous asthma attacks in some instances.
Clearly, you do not want roaches entering your home this fall or winter. But how do you keep them out? First, keep the outside of your home uninviting. There are several ways to do this.
Roaches thrive in moist environments, so be sure to keep your gutters clear, your lawn free of standing water, and consider keeping mulch a few feet away from your home. Keep brush, wood piles, and leaf debris a good distance from your house. Make sure outdoor garbage bins are tightly covered. And, while different species of roaches vary in size, they are all able to squeeze into small openings. Examine the perimeter of your house to check for cracks, gaps, and holes in your foundation, walls, windows, and doors, and fill any that you find.
Inside, make sure there are no water leaks and, if you find any, repair them immediately, being sure to replace any water-damaged areas as well. Clean up spills and messes immediately, sweep floors, wash dirty dishes frequently, and keep your counters clean and free of food crumbs. Keep food stored in airtight containers or in the refrigerator.
Even by following all of these suggestions, you may still end up with cockroaches in your home. If this is the case, get in touch with the professional pest control experts at Nozzle Nolen. Not only do we offer a variety of packages, but we also offer a pest-free guarantee. Your satisfaction is our top priority. Call us today for an inspection and a free quote.
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