Among all the critters that someone would never want to see in their home, cockroaches are towards the top of the list for many. With over 4,000 species worldwide and an ability to transmit dangerous diseases, cockroaches can cause serious problems for your home and family. The best removal strategy for cockroaches is to keep them from entering in the first place, and here are some ways to do just that.
The number one reason roaches enter our homes is to find food. Dirty dishes left in the sink for extended periods of time or crumbs left on the counter or floor are huge attractants. Keeping your kitchen surfaces clean, and your food in airtight containers goes a long way to deter cockroaches.
Because of their small size, roaches are able to enter through even the smallest crack or gap in your home. Locating and sealing any possible entrances you can find will help keep them from entering. Pay particular attention around window and door openings.
Most DIY methods of animal deterrence are marginally effective at best, but there are some homebrew remedies that have proven to be effective in small, localized areas. Try using bay leaves, sugar, baking soda, or borax to keep roaches away from a particular area.
If roaches have somehow found their way into your home, try placing a glass jar half filled with water on the ground. Roaches will climb the jar to get to the water and will be unable to get out.
Though even the newest, best-sealed house isn’t completely immune to a cockroach infestation, the steps above will make your home appear much less enticing. If you’ve found roaches in your home, do not wait to take action. The experts here at Critter Control® of Tampa are here to help. Call us today at 813.948.0870 with any questions, or to schedule a home consultation.