Like any other bug, roaches require food, water, and warmth to survive. During winter, these critters will do everything they can to set up shop in an unprepared home where all of these resources are near at hand. Bug control is an Action Pest Exterminating specialty, and we know how to handle winter roaches. That said, there are also many things homeowners can do to keep roaches away.
Tips For Preventing Winter Roaches
Smart food storage: store food in glass containers with tight-fitting lids.
Maintain a clean kitchen: this includes not just the kitchen floor, but everything associated with your kitchen – microwave, oven, and toaster, as well as the pantry. Cockroaches are especially fond of the crumbs left behind in toasters, so you should clean this appliance frequently, and turn it on every day for three minutes in order to destroy any lingering food scent. Also, make sure to clean hard-to-reach areas, i.e. behind/under the refrigerator and stove.
Pet patrol: Wash your pet’s food dishes daily, and never leave pet food or water out overnight.
Dish Duty: dirty dishes are like an open invitation to roaches, so make sure you don’t leave any out overnight. If you don’t have time to wash them, you should rinse and/or soak in soapy water. Also, winter roaches are crafty little devils, and a good plan for roach control includes keeping your dishwasher clean. If food crumbs are in the filter or along the seals, rest assured a roach will find them.
Wipe down: immediately after eating a meal, wipe down the surface where you ate and where you prepared your food. This is an essential step for year-round insect control.
Pots, pans, and dishes: just storing these in a cabinet isn’t good enough. Make sure these items are turned upside down – otherwise, you’re liable to find roach droppings or eggs inside them.
Focus on your floors: our local exterminator recommends that you vacuum and sweep your floors regularly, especially in the kitchen and eating areas. Your vacuum cleaner’s tube attachment is useful for cleaning cracks in the wall or floors, where stray crumbs might be hiding.
Take out the trash: you should dump your garbage and compost out nightly. In the event that you can’t, make sure your garbage bins are closed tightly.
Seal wherever you can: to the extent that it’s feasible, you should seal all cracks and gaps in your home’s floors, as well as those located in/around water pipes and electrical cables. A leaking water pipe is sure to attract any roaches that are wintering in your home.
Declutter: roaches will use virtually anything as a nest, including paper and clothing, so it’s important to declutter your home’s storage areas.
Plug your tub: cockroaches aren’t shy about using your bathtub drain as an entry point, so keep the drain plugged at all times.
Take Control of Pests Today
If you find that your home has become a haven for unwelcome bugs, contact Action Pest Exterminating today for professional pest control in North Carolina. By combining our services with these helpful tips, roaches won’t stand a chance this winter.