During the early autumn, roach control is one of the biggest reasons why North Carolinians contact our exterminator serving Charlotte and surrounding cities. It may sound surprising, since most homeowners associate roach and pest problems with summertime, but autumn roach control is just as important.
When the temperature begins to drop and the humidity lessens, a warm and cozy home is a top destination for roaches wanting to come in from the cold. On the plus side, this desire doesn’t apply to all roaches – in fact, most species die off when fall rolls around, while others will go into hibernation underground or any outdoor place they can find consistent warmth. On the downside, every roach species reproduces in great numbers during the summer, that means they’re unlikely to expire or hibernate. For example, German cockroaches and Oriental roaches – two of the most common roaches in the U.S. – will set their sights on your home. As strange as it is to say about something as simple as a bug, these particular cockroaches have “evolved” in the sense that they’ve discovered a way to ride out the winter without hibernating (or dying).
How Do Roaches Enter a Home?
Like most insects, cockroaches lack a skeletal system, making them extremely pliable. In fact, German cockroaches can squeeze through cracks and holes that are only 1/6 their size. Using this as the baseline, anything bigger is an open invitation for roaches to enter your home to warm up, breed, and generally act the part of pest. And speaking of breeding, even if it’s freezing cold outside, roaches still have no problem laying and hatching eggs in your house, as long as the internal temperature exceeds 50 degrees.
Where Do Roaches Like To Hide?
Once inside your home, our pest control company in North Carolina can say with certainty that Oriental roaches prefer large sources of water. This includes drains, pipes, moist basements, and sewage lines. These roaches will spend all winter in areas like these, breeding, feeding, and laying low until spring rolls around.
Other varieties, i.e. Brown Banded roaches, gravitate towards the warmth generated by electrical appliances, making them unwelcome guests in your kitchen and laundry room. And then there’s the American roach, which prefers to ride out the winter in decaying trees, firewood piles, old sheds, and the like. However, the colder it gets, the more apt these roaches are to enter your home. For this reason, it’s important to keep firewood, trash cans, and other organic matter a safe distance from your house.
Ridding Your Home Of Roaches
Along with contacting our nearby pest control company, there are a few things you can do to help expedite the removal of roaches from your home. A big step is to remove the roaches’ incentives for entering your house in the first place – this means keeping your kitchen clean, properly sealing foods, and taking your garbage out right away instead of letting it linger in your home.
Clutter reduction is also key, especially if the clutter consists of cardboard, newspaper, magazines, etc. Roaches love to nest in paper-based clutter, and use it as a food source too. And on the subject of “reduction”, the more you can reduce leaks and standing water in your home, the better.
Roach Control Done Right
If you want the peace of mind that comes with knowing your home is 100% roach-free, enlist the top-quality roach control offered by Action Pest Exterminating. We’ll do the job right the first time, at a competitive cost and with exemplary customer service.