While spiders can terrify some people, cockroaches illicit a more basic survival response in humans – like scream, shutter, conquer and destroy. However, as most Florida homeowners know, it’s just not that easy to get rid of these persistent, disease-spreading pests. Why?
Well, for starters . . .
- Resilient, cockroaches have existed on this planet for some 280 million years
- 5,000 different cockroach species are known to exist
- Cockroaches can run up to three miles per hour
- Cockroaches can survive without food or water for months
- Adaptability, cockroaches can survive higher and lower temps than most other insects
- Versatile, cockroaches can adapt to inhospitable environments
Once established in a home, cockroaches can prove difficult to eradicate
The first logical step in eliminating cockroaches from your home focuses on the places cockroaches are most likely to call your home their home. Ever wonder where these cockroaches come from when they suddenly appear in your house? Check these places.
In particular, kitchen appliances, such as your microwave, your fridge, and your oven, along with toasters, coffee makers and other countertop appliances as they can attract cockroaches. And why not? What’s not to like? Warmth, moisture and a great place to grab a bite of leftover food debris make your kitchen appliances highly sought after in roach real estate preferences. However, other places in your kitchen will work just as well.
With the ability to flatten themselves and slide through the tiniest crevices, cockroaches can find spilled food and crumbs in your kitchen cabinets, no problem. Dark, undisturbed cupboards, such as a dried-good pantry offer cockroach retreats from the hustle and bustle of the more active areas of your kitchen. After all, food and moisture aren’t that far away anywhere in kitchens. How about the sink? Food scraps left on dishes and lingering in sinks make excellent finds, along with a water source, as well. You and your family snacking anywhere can be a plus for cockroaches.
Even your laptop, desktop computer or your gaming console can provide cozy places for cockroaches to nest. Snacking at your laptop attracts cockroaches who can crawl between the keys to find the treats you leave for them. You may as well hang a sign that says, “Free food and lodging, just ahead.” Currently, a new trend involves dead roaches infesting gaming consoles. Apparently, some video game repair shops are charging a “roach fee” when repairing consoles that malfunction due to fried, dead cockroaches in the system. If that’s not bad enough, fried cockroaches can mean a pricey power supply replacement for your gaming console.
Sofas, couches and other upholstered furniture you tend to sit on when playing games, streaming movies and snacking, make ideal places for cockroaches to set up housekeeping and multiply. With plenty of food between the cushions near warm, dark crevices, cockroaches can lay eggs and concentrate on multiplying. Other crevices and cracks in your home’s walls can also provide nesting and egg-laying spaces for cockroaches.
Pipes and plumbing
Situated in dark, out-of-the-way places such as under sinks and in basements, pipes and faucets are cockroach gold. Cracks and leaks around your plumbing leading outdoors? Bingo! Superb roach habitat and hideout near water and warmth.
Because they can, given their ability to hang upside down on ceilings and scurry off when approached by humans, cockroaches can often be found chilling on ceilings in dark areas of your home. Cracks and crevices in your foundation can offer cockroaches plenty of escape routes when the lights come on and they can just drop and head towards the exits.
Debris and clutter
Those stacks of boxes you’re saving for holiday gift wrapping or that pile of magazines you need to sort through encourages cockroaches. You got clutter? Cockroaches are all over it. Since most of the places you collect and store things are dark and usually warm, well, there you go.
How to Prevent Cockroaches
A few things South Florida homeowners can do to prevent cockroaches include making your home less attractive to cockroaches and other pests by:
- Keeping all food preparation and dining areas wiped down and crumb-free.
- Vacuuming and sweeping all dining and snacking areas, including upholstered furniture.
- Storing food in airtight containers or in the fridge.
- Removing all food scraps and cleaning dishes immediately after meals and snacks.
- Repairing all leaky pipes and correcting water prone areas.
- Eliminating clutter in your home and on your property.
- Eliminating any standing water on your property.
- Sealing all cracks, crevices, and holes in your foundation, windows, air conditioning pipes and around entryways or anywhere they can gain access to your home.
Cockroaches can spread bacteria causing salmonella and other intestinal issues in addition to causing allergic reactions in sensitive people, as well as initiating asthma attacks in children. At Hulett, our Healthy Home programs are geared to prevent cockroaches and other household pests from entering your home. Utilizing Integrated Pest Management (IPM), we use the highest quality materials and techniques to provide environmentally responsible pest management for your home to safeguard your loved ones.