Roaches happen to be really skilled at hitchhiking into your home in cardboard boxes, paper bags, luggage, furniture, appliances, and in other items. Opportunistic, roaches are also adept at getting into your home through your plumbing, sewers, and drains, entering your home through your dishwasher drain, for example. Any cracks, crevices, and holes in your foundation can invite roaches to move into your home. Because your home offers the Big Three: food, water, and shelter, why would roaches want to live in the wild, especially when the days get shorter and the temps start to fall?
To keep roaches from entering your home, make sure all holes, cracks, and crevices in your foundation are sealed, in addition to:
- Cleaning your home thoroughly.
- Decluttering your home.
- Vacuuming or sweeping floors regularly.
- Wiping up all spills in your pantry.
- Wiping down all countertops and tables involved in food prep and dining activities after each meal or snack.
- Cleaning all dishes in sink after each meal.
- Placing all food scraps in an air-tight trash receptacle after meals.
- Transferring trash with food scraps from your kitchen to a sanitized outdoor trash receptacle with a tight-fitting lid.
- Storing dog food, dry goods, and any open containers of food in hard plastic, metal, or glass containers with tight-fitting lids.
- Avoid collecting cardboard boxes and paper bags.
Contact Hulett and consult with a pest professional to see what is the best course of action to prevent roaches from infiltrating your home.