Cockroaches are a fact of life in Texas. Due to the mild weather in Austin, roaches are active year round and can work their way into homes very quickly. Fortunately, you can take some steps to avoid an infestation by making your home less appealing to these unwanted guests.
Primarily, cockroaches are looking for three things: food, water and shelter. If your home provides these things, insect pests are likely to invade. The key to keeping roaches out of your home is to limit their access to these things, which will make your home less appealing thus encouraging the cockroaches to go elsewhere. Here are some tips for keeping your home roach-free:
- Keep all food in sealed plastic or glass containers.
- Address any faucet leaks and avoid having standing water anywhere in the home.
- Wash dishes after every meal instead of letting them pile up.
- Avoid keeping piles of papers or cardboard on the floor or on tables- roaches often lay their eggs in these materials.
- Seal up any cracks around doors and windows. Roaches can enter through even the tiniest cracks.
- Keep your trash cans covered, and if possible, sealed.
- Be sure to clean up any crumbs left after a meal.
Essentially, the trick to keeping cockroaches at bay is to maintain a clean house. Your home doesn’t need to be spotless—it just needs to be clean enough that roaches won’t see it as an easy source of food and water.
Unfortunately, even the most diligent homeowner or renter can sometimes fall prey to a cockroach infestation. Once roaches have taken up residence in your home, it may be time to call an Austin exterminator. Do-it-yourself methods of roach control can prolong the problem if you don’t manage to kill off the entire infestation, which is one reason why it’s important to call professionals to deal with your pest problem.
The pest control methods Austin residents trust is available through ABC Home & Commercial Services. We offer the most effective pest control options through IPM (integrated pest management). If you’re facing an infestation or just want to ensure that your home stays pest free, our specialists can give you the peace of mind you need.
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