As the holiday season approaches, we all can expect guests to come to our homes and enjoy Thanksgiving dinner. But, there is always one guest that shows up that is definitely not on the invite list. ….Cockroaches!
During the winter, many animals go into hibernation, but the roach. This insect just comes inside to your nice, warm, cozy home.
Roaches start to look for shelter when the weather gets cooler. The most desirable place is a warm home with the added bonus of being stocked with all the resources they will need to survive. Cockroaches mostly come out at night – so they are typically taking refuge in a dark hiding place during daylight hours.
Here are 10 tips to help prevent cockroaches from taking over your home this winter:
- Food Containers – Store all non-refrigerated foods like pasta, chips, and cereal in sealed containers with tight lids.
- Dishes – Do not leave dirty dishes in the sink over night. This is like ringing the roach dinner bell.
- Dishwasher – Make sure that your dishwasher is clean and that no food is leftover in the filter or along the seals.
- Toaster – Roaches like to hide in toasters and eat crumbs so make sure that you clean the toaster out regularly.
- Oven & Microwave – You should frequently clean the surfaces of your oven and microwave from spills and other food particles.
- Countertops – Wipe down your kitchen countertops and dining table after your prepare and eat your meal.
- Store pots, pans and dishes upside down – Store your cooking dishes upside down to keep the cockroach from nesting in them.
- Vacuum & Sweep Floors – Clean your floor regularly to help remove any food or debris that may have fallen.
- Garbage – Take your trash out every night to keep the roaches from getting into the trash.
- Seal Door & Window Gaps – Check the seals on your doors and windows for openings.
These tips should help prevent a cockroach infestation in your home this winter, but if you do have unwelcome critters in your residence be sure to contact Terminix to remove them. If you suspect a pest infestation in your home, contact Terminix to inspect, identify, and treat the problem. Call for a free pest control estimate today!