Did you know that cockroaches can survive up to one month without food and up to one week without water? Because of their incredible ability to survive with very little resources and in extreme conditions, once cockroaches have invaded your home, they can be extremely difficult to completely eradicate. The best way to keep cockroaches out of your home is to prevent them from ever entering in the first place. Do-it-yourself cockroach prevention is cheap and easy to do. Use these DIY cockroach prevention methods to keep your home cockroach free.
- Clean, clean, clean!
Cockroaches are attracted to food residue, especially grease. Keeping your home clean from open food sources, crumbs and food residue is one of the best ways to prevent cockroaches from making your home theirs. A quick 15 minute clean-up each night will go a long way in cockroach prevention. Wipe down the counters every night. Take the trash out as soon as it is full, and never leave dirty dishes in the sink.
- Keep your home and areas near your home free of food sources.
Cockroaches can squeeze into very small spaces and find even the smallest source of food if left out. Make sure your home is free of food sources by cleaning kitchen appliances, floors, and cabinets regularly. All food, including pet food, should be stored in sealed, airtight containers. Trash should also be kept in a sealed receptacle inside the house. Do not allow it to overfill and take it out as soon as it is full.
- Eliminate water sources.
Cockroaches can live up to a month without food but only a week without water. As a result, water leaks in pipes and moisture in your home can quickly attract roaches. Eliminate any and all sources of standing water as soon as possible. Repair leaky faucets and pipes and don’t overwater indoor plants. Cockroaches can also crawl up through drains. When not in use, stop up drains to eliminate a main water source.
- Seal up cracks and crevices where cockroaches may live.
Cockroaches prefer to live in dark, tight cracks, crevices, or walls during the daylight. Regularly check the inside and outside of your home for possible entry points. Seal off these spaces with expanding caulk. Roaches can even squeeze through tiny openings between the door and threshold or cracks in windows. Replace weather stripping on both doors and windows as soon as it starts to wear and make sure they are properly sealed off. Repair screens as soon as possible.
- Make your own non-toxic, natural cockroach bait.
If you suspect there may be a cockroach or two in your home already, use the following recipe to lure them to the poisonous bait. The recipe is non-toxic to humans and animals, but not to cockroaches so it is safe for the home. Mix 3 parts boric acid with one part powdered sugar. Then sprinkle it under the refrigerator, stove, dishwasher, sink, cabinets, and pantries.
- Keep it cool.
Cockroaches only have the ability to fly when there is heat and humidity in the air. As a result, they are also more active in warmer temperatures. Keep your home as cool as possible in both the winter and summer to make your home less welcoming.
- Just add soap and water.
Cockroaches, like most insects, breath through their skin. Keep a solution of soap and water on hand in a spray bottle for anytime you encounter a roach or other insect. When you see one, simply spray them with the soapy water to quickly kill them.
- Eliminate nesting sites.
Cockroaches may find suitable places to nest outside your home and enter it for food and water. Check around your home for empty tree holes and bushes, hedges, and firewood piles close to your home. Fill empty tree holes with cement to keep them out. Keep firewood piles at least 6ft away from your home, and trim bushes, hedges and trees away from your home.
Once cockroaches enter your home they can be difficult to completely eradicate. If it’s too late for do-it-yourself cockroach prevention in your home, it may be time to call in the professionals. Our experts at ABC Home and Commercial can effectively get rid of your cockroach problem for good. Don’t wait until it gets out of hand. Call us at 469-549-7300 to schedule an appointment today!