Why do cockroaches appear at home: the most common mistakes
It is easier to prevent the appearance of cockroaches at home than to remove them later, because these insects multiply very quickly. And experts say that pest prevention is not that difficult. For example, you can check yourself for some erroneous actions.
OBOZ.UA found out what actions you should avoid in order not to attract cockroaches to your home. There are only seven items on the checklist, but each of them is important.
You leave wet towels after a shower
Items such as wet bathroom mats, wet towels, and piles of laundry can be both a source of water and a safe haven for cockroaches. Therefore, it is important to ensure that rooms where humidity levels can rise, such as bathrooms and kitchens, are properly dried. Be sure to dry any textiles, as they will become roach bait if left wet on the floor or table.
You do not regularly take out the garbage from the bathroom
Everyone knows that kitchen waste attracts cockroaches and tries to get rid of it as often as possible. But the insects can also be attracted to the smell of trash in the bathroom or even other rooms. The reason is that a bucket that is rarely emptied is a good hiding place for them. They can stay in it during the day and go out at night in search of water and food.
You don't look for leaks and repair them
Another way to keep cockroaches from drinking is to fix any maintenance issues with your sink, dishwasher, toilet, shower, or bathtub. Make sure that you don't have leaking faucets, pipes or hoses and that even small puddles of water don't collect anywhere. And it's not just the leaks themselves: the cracks between the walls and the water supply can be a convenient place for cockroaches to breed. Especially if condensation collects on them and they are not insulated.
You don't seal cracks and crevices
Cockroaches can enter your home not only through holes around pipes, but also through any unsealed cracks and crevices in walls, windows, and doors. That's why you need to fix such problems right away. Especially since heat escapes through them as well.
You don't hide pet food
Cats, dogs, and other pets eat and drink everything that they eat and drink, and cockroaches can also eat it. Therefore, food and water bowls should be hidden at night. It is also recommended to store pet food in closed containers with tight lids.
Your home is a mess
Since cockroaches thrive in dark places where people rarely look, it is very important to clean up any places that may be hiding places. Clean all remote shelves and corners, and clear out the basement and attic. The more often you check all the nooks and crannies, the less comfortable it will be for cockroaches.
You have not sufficiently eliminated traces of a previous infestation
If you have already had a pest infestation, it is important to make sure that any traces of it are completely eliminated. The smaller the pest, and a cockroach is a fairly small creature, the more thorough the cleaning should be. After all, it is important to eliminate not only adults, but also eggs and larvae.
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