Four Ways To Prevent Cockroaches From Becoming Problematic For Your Family

Posted on: 18 January 2016

Just because the cold weather is here and the pollen count is down, it doesn't mean that you are less likely to suffer from allergies. There are plenty of things in and around your home that can cause your allergies to act up with one of them being cockroaches. In fact, 76% of allergists reported that cockroaches are one of the most common pests for those who suffer from asthma and allergies, according to a study conducted by the National Pest Management Association and the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. If you have someone in your family who could have an allergy to cockroaches, here are some tips to preventing them in and around your home. 

Get Rid of Crumbs

Anytime you have crumbs around, you are leaving a meal for cockroaches. Sweeping your floors will help remove most of the crumbs that get dropped from meals, but you also want to check around your appliances. The toaster, around the microwave, and under the stove are all places that don't get checked as often so you want to make sure these areas remain free from food crumbs. Since cockroaches can survive off very little, you could be attracting them if you don't make it a point to remove all crumbs in the kitchen. Cockroaches hate the smell of mothballs, so you can place the mothballs around your appliances and that should help repel them. 

Remove Excess Water

Even more than food, cockroaches are more attracted to consistent water sources. If you have a leaky faucet, you not only want to fix it to help save on your water bill, but you don't want to leave it for cockroaches to find. Exposed pipes around your walls are a great place for cockroaches to hang out. By insulating your plumbing pipes, you can keep out much of the moisture that is likely to lure cockroaches into your home. Make sure to seal up any openings that come into your house around the pipes. This will help seal off a way for the pesky insects to get inside. 

Vacuum All Fabric

Just like you enjoy laying around on the furniture so do cockroaches. Typically, they like warm dark places, including the creases around your couch cushions. This is a great place for the cockroaches to lay their eggs. To help prevent more cockroaches from inhabiting in your home, you want to be sure to vacuum your furniture regularly. This includes couches, chairs, curtains, and even carpet. You also should think about contacting pest control services to inspect your home.