Roaches have a reputation for surviving the worst. And it’s true. Cockroaches are one infestation you have to worry about even in the bitter cold of winter. After all, your home looks pretty tempting with its central heating, scraps of food, and ready water supply. So how can you get rid of a roach problem?
Why Are Roaches a Problem?
Discounting the obvious (they gross most people out), roaches wreak some serious havoc in your life.
- Roach dust is the #1 trigger of asthma, which causes 3,630 deaths each year.
- Roaches can live up to 10 days without a head. Yes, you read that right!
- They can run 3 mph.
- Roaches contaminate food and other areas of your home.
How to Keep Roaches Out of the House
Use these tips to prevent a winter pest problem:
- When outside of your house, roaches feast on the gross, gooey underside of leaves as they breakdown. Clean up any stray leaves in the yard, gutters, and on walkways.
- Store food in sealed, airtight containers.
- Don’t leave out pet food or dirty dishes overnight.
- Keep the kitchen clean and sanitized.
- Dust and vacuum regularly.
- Plug bathroom drains when the shower isn’t in use (yep, roaches can climb the pipes. Yuck!)
- Store pots, pans, cups, and containers upside down (roaches love small, dark spaces).
- Donate unwanted stuff to a thrift store (or make a quick buck selling it online). Roaches nest in paper, clothing, and stored junk in attics, garages, and closets.
Prevent a winter roach infestation. Call Progressive Pest Control to identify and eradicate pest infestations in your Northeast Atlanta home.