Five Simple Yet Effective Cockroach-Prevention Tips For Denver Property Owners

Cockroaches are amazing insects. They can survive high levels of radiation, grow skins that are resistant to chemicals, hold their breath for more than 40 minutes, and live without a head for a week. Yes, you read that correctly. A cockroach can live for a whole week without a head because it doesn't breathe through its mouth; it breathes through holes in its thorax. That's pretty cool. But as cool as a cockroach is, you don't want these insects inside your home. They're extraordinarily dirty insects. They feed on rotting organic matter and feces. If they get into your home, they can make you very sick. Today, we're going to offer up five simple, yet effective, cockroach-prevention tips to help you keep cockroaches out.

1. Reduce Exterior Attractants

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Cockroaches are attracted to properties that provide moisture, food options, and harborage. If you reduce these, you can make your yard and perimeter less appealing to cockroaches. Here are a few suggestions:

  • Bag your trash and store it in exterior containers. Remove trash weekly. Clean receptacles if they develop a smell. Make sure receptacles have a cover or sealed lid. This removes an attractant, food source, and breeding site.

  • Clean your gutters and make sure there are no breaks in your system. This prevents over-saturation of your perimeter, and oversaturation is ideal for cockroaches.

  • Remove vegetation in your landscaping and keep things trimmed neatly. This allows for good airflow, which helps to keep the topsoil dry.

  • Remove objects, especially piles. These are potential harborage for cockroaches. If cockroaches leave pheromones in these places, they can attract other cockroaches from quite a distance.

  • Pick up dog droppings. Animal feces are a food source for roaches

2. Seal Openings In Your Exterior

Cockroaches get in because they can. If you roll your sleeves up and seal potential entry points, you can make it more difficult for roaches to infest your home.

  • Inspect your exterior doors. Replace weather stripping, door sweeps, and damaged screens. Take doors off and adjust them if there are any gaps. Fill in holes in your frames and seal gaps around the outside of the frames.

  • Inspect your exterior ground floor windows. Replace damaged screens. Replace broken window panes.

  • Seal cracks in your foundation walls.

3. Address Interior Food Sources

When cockroaches get into your home and find food, they will be highly motivated to stay. A cockroach can make a meal out of many things you might not expect.

  • Keep your floors, counters, and shelves clean.

  • Vacuum at least once a week.

  • Deep clean the sides of your oven and under other appliances.

  • Put pet food down during meal times and pick it up before nightfall.

  • If you have cats, make sure they're covering their feces in the litter box.

  • Put your toothbrush in a carry case until you're sure you don't have any roaches in your home.

  • Keep fruit in the fridge rather than on display.

  • Keep stored foods in sealed containers.

4. Manage Your Trash

Your interior trash can't be a breeding site for cockroaches if you are removing trash from your home weekly, but it can be a source of food. Here are a few tips to consider:

  • Get a receptacle that has a cover that makes a good seal.

  • Keep your receptacle cleaned to reduce smells that attract cockroaches.

  • If you put fish or meat in the trash, put them in a plastic bag. Plastic bags you get from the grocery store are good for this.

5. Address Moisture Issues

Cockroaches love a humid home. When you take steps to reduce humidity, you could drive them out of your home.

  • Fix leaky faucets, clogged drains, and other plumbing issues.

  • Install dehumidifiers in humid spaces.

  • Ventilate crawl spaces.

  • Use your bathroom fan to vent moisture during baths and showers.

Cockroach Control

If you continue to have trouble with roaches, contact White Knight Pest Control. We can locate breeding sites and provide treatments to eliminate cockroaches in your Denver home. Reach out to us any time for advice or to schedule service.