Friday, August 15, 2014
Yuk! Roaches! How did I get these in my house? They're in the back of the drawers. They're in the corners of the garage. They're even in the food cabinets! They're everywhere! Understanding how roach infestations spread and what roaches are attracted to, can help you prevent an infestation in your home.
The most common way roach infestations occur is actually the least obvious: you bring them in yourself. Really? Yes, really. Many times they get into your home because you or one of your kids stepped on a roach. A female roach carries her eggs around with her, and when you step on her, you get her eggs on your shoe. Those eggs will hatch into baby roaches wherever you leave your shoes. And, once they are inside your warm house, they will find dark damp nooks to nest in--usually under or behind your stove, where grimy crumbs have fallen. Roaches also ride inside boxes and bags like public transit. If you don't want roaches, check all your bags and boxes before you bring them into your home.
If you didn't bring them in, then they squeezed in on their own. You might be thinking, "Why? My house isn't filthy!" The truth is, roaches don't enter your home because it's dirty. They enter seeking food, water, and warmth. Now, don't get me wrong, if a home is full of food debris, roaches will thrive in that environment. But roaches will seek shelter in the cleanest of homes too. And even a rather large adult cockroach can slip in through a slit as thin as one-sixteenth of an inch. So you can close those holes with caulking, fix those screens, and check those door sweeps, but the only safe way to protect your home from roaches is by calling a professional.
If you find roaches in your home, give the pest control pros at Rose a call immediately. Roaches reproduce quickly, and they spread disease and bacteria. This can pose a serious health risk to your family if not dealt with properly.
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