When the weather gets colder, cockroaches start looking for a shelter for the winter days. Their requirements are simple: they need food and a warm place to hide. For that reason, it is completely possible to suffer a cockroach infestation even with a sparkling house. Of course, leaving mess and food leftovers are likely to make matters worse.
Having a cockroach infestation can be a major problem for the health. Indeed, they can carry diseases and transmit them to humans, as well as contaminate the food in which they dig to eat. In some cases, they can cause allergic reactions and even trigger asthma crises.
As the fall is now in full blast, here are a few tips to keep your home cockroach-free, and keep it that way through the winter.
Keep your house clean and tidy
This may sound obvious, but it is better to say it again. Cockroaches like messy places because they can dig in and settle down in a nice cosy place for the winter. If there is no clutter, there is nowhere for them to hide. It is as simple as it gets.
Seal all cracks and holes
To get inside houses and apartments, cockroaches take advantage of cracks in the walls, or badly sealed vents, pipes and drains. Make sure all gaps around pipes are properly sealed, patch up any cracks you see. Cockroaches can take advantage of even the smallest openings, so keep your eyes wide open!
Get rid of food sources
Cockroaches need some food to survive. If there is no food available in your home, they will prefer to find some place else to set up shelter for the winter. Store all food in sealed containers. Keep all the eating in one room to avoid spreading crumbs and food waste all over the house. Make sure this room is spick and span before going to bed each night. It is easier to clean one place than all the bedrooms every day!
Also, do not leave garbage over night outside the house, as it could attract cockroaches who will first come for the food, and then get inside for some warmth. Prefer a trash can with a lid to plastic bags.
Proof your house with a professional
A professional will have a better eye to spot any cracks that could be used by cockroaches to enter your home. If an infestation is suspected, appropriate spraying will be performed. Finally, professional pest controllers can give you additional tips and tricks to keep your home cockroach-free this winter.
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