Cockroach Prevention Tips for Downingtown Homeowners
For a common pest, most people can not shake their surprised, face-distorting, shrieking reaction when a cockroach skitters across their dining room floor. Homeowners in Downingtown, PA that are serious about keeping these unpleasant bugs out of their home can make a few simple habit changes that can make a big difference. If you would rather slam any cockroach problem before it can really get started, hiring an eco-friendly pest control service is a great way to eliminate the chances of cockroaches becoming a problem in your home while not harming your children, pets, or other beneficial insects in your yard.
Stop attracting cockroaches
Knowing what is attracting cockroaches into your home in the first place and discontinuing these bad habits and replacing them with good cleaning practices can help keep cockroaches out. A few tips to maintaining a cockroach-free home include:
- Use a dehumidifier in humid places in your home
- Containing all food use to the kitchen
- Promptly taking out kitchen and bathroom trash when full
- Keep outside trash away of the house
- Don’t let any water stand inside the home
Identifying signs of a cockroach infestation
If you aren’t sure if you have a serious cockroach problem, there may be signs around your home to indicate an infestation. Cockroaches often hangout in wet, damp areas in the house. If the cockroaches are very active in one area, they scurry through water, and leave brown, smear marks on surfaces and sometimes on walls near the floor.
A female cockroach can lay up to 50 eggs at a time and these eggs will hatch in a matter of weeks. Any sign of cockroaches needs to be addressed immediately to contain the number of cockroaches that could soon be skittering across your floor.
Cockroaches are known to carry diseases such salmonella, listeria, and even E. Coli. You can not catch these diseases from the simple presence of cockroaches in your home. But because cockroaches are constantly on the hunt, if they get into your pantry and rifle through your food, they can contaminate your dried goods without you knowing it.
There are many different ways to treat cockroaches. You can buy:
- Roach traps
- Bait Stations
- Diatomaceous Earth used in a thin layer in hard to reach areas
- Roach sprays
- Boric acid in a thin layer in hard to reach areas that are draft free
If you discover a serious cockroach infestation and treating your home yourself doesn’t seem to be working, call in the professionals at ECPC in Downingtown, PA today. The technicians will inspect your home, highlight areas that are serving as entry points or magnets for cockroaches, and then treat your home with green solutions that will keep you and your family safe from harmful chemicals. Give ECPC a call today.