While we don’t experience a true winter in southern California, we still do see a mild cooling that happens as the holidays approach us. This means that cockroaches will be looking for a place to hide out more now than ever before. There are several tips that can help you keep cockroaches out of your home. Animal Pest Management Services, Inc is here to share some of our favorite tips to help keep cockroaches out of your home and away from your property.
Cockroach Adaptations for Survival
Cockroaches are known for being difficult to kill. Many will joke that they could survive a nuclear bomb. It’s true that these insects are excellent survivalists. Here are some of the reasons why they are so great at living:
– They spend ¾ of their time resting
– Cockroaches can live for a week without a head
– A female only needs to mate once and this will be enough for her to reproduce for the rest of her life
– They only need to eat once a month and are not picky eaters
– Cockroaches are extremely fast and can outrun many threats
– Cockroaches can hold their breath for 40 minutes
How to Prevent Cockroaches from Entering Your Home
There are many ways you can make your home less appealing to cockroaches and avoid an infestation. Following are some of our best tips to keep your home cockroach free.
– Tidy Up: Cockroaches are nocturnal creatures and will be looking for somewhere to hide out during daylight hours. Clean up any clutter in your home so that they have fewer places to hide during the day. This will make your home less appealing to them.
– Seal Entry Points: If cockroaches can get into your home, they will. You need to seal even the smallest cracks and holes around doors and windows of your home so that they can’t get in.
– Eliminate Food Sources: Cockroaches aren’t picky eaters and this is one of the reasons they are so great at surviving. They will eat both fresh and rotting food if they have to. Storing your food properly will help keep them away. You should also always avoid leaving dishes in the sink overnight as this is when they are the most active and will be looking for their next meal.
– Get Rid of Water: If you have any leaking sinks or pipes around your home, they are sure to attract roaches. Any faucets that are constantly dripping should be fixed so that you aren’t attracting them.
– Take Out the Trash: They will eat food out of the trash if they have to. Take out your trash regularly and make sure you are storing your trash in sealed containers.