There is nothing that can make your skin crawl like cockroaches scurrying for cover when you switch a light on. And while it’s no secret that cockroaches are unsightly to have around the house, the fact of the matter is, that they also spread diseases and germs.
If you think you may have a cockroach infestation, you should call the professionals at Pestmaster® Services right away. If you don’t think you have a cockroach infestation, that doesn’t mean you aren’t susceptible to one. This is why knowing a few helpful prevention tips is beneficial in helping to limit your exposure.
What Do Cockroaches Look Like?
The first step in any pest prevention is knowing how to correctly identify pests. With over 1,000 species of cockroaches in the world, that’s no small order. When it comes to cockroaches in the New York area, there are generally four species you need to be on the lookout for. These are the American cockroach, the German cockroach, the Oriental cockroach, and the brown-banded cockroach.
These generally will grow between 5/8th of an inch to 1 ½ inch in length. They all have six legs and two sets of wings. The German cockroach is known to reproduce quickly so nipping this problem in the bud is paramount. Brown-banded cockroaches prefer warm and dry areas while the Oriental cockroach prefers cool moist, areas. There is a multitude of areas within a home where roaches tend to congregate.
The Dangers Of Cockroaches
As stated, cockroaches, though unsightly, are most dangerous to humans because of the diseases they can spread. They also pose a laundry list of other issues which can plague home and business owners. This is due to them picking up bacteria and pathogens and spreading them around as they move about your home.
The problems cockroaches can cause include spreading salmonella, causing nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea, and exacerbating asthma symptoms. They can also exasperate allergies and contaminate your food. The list goes on and on. This is why you should know the best techniques for preventing roach infestations.
How To Prevent Cockroaches
When it comes to preventing cockroaches from invading your home, cleanliness is the name of the game. Keeping your house clean and tidy is the best way to make your home less attractive to cockroaches.
For best results, implement the following tips:
- Don’t leave food out.
- Don’t leave dirty dishes out overnight.
- Wipe up any spilled food or drinks from surfaces, floors, and inside cabinets.
- Store all food in well-sealed containers.
- Empty trash regularly.
- Make sure trash cans have tight-fighting lids.
- Seal up entry points into the home such as cracks in the foundation, places where utility pipes enter the home, and areas around windows and doors.
- Refrain from keeping exposed paper and cardboard out as cockroaches use these for shelter.
If you can follow these simple techniques, you can greatly reduce your chances of a cockroach infestation.
The Surefire Way To Prevent And Eliminate Cockroaches
Even if you follow all these prevention techniques, there is still a chance you may be exposed to a cockroach infestation. Should this be the case, do not hesitate to call the professionals here at Pestmaster® Services right away.
With Pestmaster® Services, a trained pest professional will come to your Kingston home to help you deal with current pest problems as well as help prevent future infestations. Contact us today, before it’s too late.