Springtime Cockroach Prevention Tips for Kittitas Residents

April 17, 2019

a cockroach feasting in a kittitas kitchen

It is amazing that a creature as small as a cockroach is able to cause so much trouble. Just in jump scares alone, cockroaches claim their place as one of the most unwanted pests in homes. There is something about their sleek, oval bodies, long antenna, and creepy bent legs that causes unrest, and that’s just their appearance. If you have ever heard a cockroach or seen it move across a room at lighting speeds, you know the fear these hard-to-crush pests can cause.

Factors That Draw Cockroaches Into Homes

Just like we need certain things such as food, water, and a place to stay, cockroaches have basic needs that have to be met when they wander into a home. It is only when they find what they are looking for in your home that they decide to stick around. And these needs are the same as ours: food, water, and shelter.

For food, they scavenge in areas where we leave food behind. Often times they will find this underneath an appliance or somewhere food has been dropped and forgotten.

For water, cockroaches need less in liquid form, but more as a gas. That is to say, cockroaches need environments that are high in humidity such as basements, crawlspaces, and around sewers.

For shelter, cockroaches need items that they can squeeze under. Because cockroaches prefer to have their backs and bellies touching a surface at the same time, you can expect them to prefer tight spaces such as under refrigerators, stoves, and other items with gaps under them.

Quick and Easy Cockroach Prevention Tips

To deter cockroaches from sticking around once they have wandered inside, consider these following prevention tips.

  • Clean, clean, clean. The cleaner your home is, the less filth-loving cockroaches will want to stick around.
  • Be sure not to leave food out overnight for cockroaches to munch on after the lights go out.
    If grease spills on the floor, clean it up immediately as grease is a favorite snack for cockroaches.
  • Consider keeping your eating to one room as food dropped under the couch or in bedrooms are quick ways to attract unwanted roaches.
  • Make sure all of your trashcans have tight-fitting lids and cannot be easily accessed by foraging roaches.
  • Reduce moisture around your home. One way you can do this is by installing a dehumidifier in your basement where cockroaches are likely to seek shelter.

Professional Cockroach Prevention With Prosite Pest Control

To go above and beyond what DIY prevention steps can do for your home, consider investing in a quality pest control plan through Prosite Pest Control today! Not only are our plans designed to keep away unwanted roaches, but they are also built to keep out a wide variety of other common household pests. If you would like to talk about what one of our plans would look like for you and your home, contact us today. One of our customer service representatives would be happy to assist in finding the best fit for you and your home.

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