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The Essential Pest Control Tips: Cockroach-Proof Your House

Today, we’ll be starting a series on pest control tips for specific bugs and vermin that could infest your home. Although we could write down ALL tips for ALL kinds of possible pests, that would be a tedious task on your part as a reader, so we’ve decided to focus on one specific challenge at a time. Right now, we’ll look at cockroaches.

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You can classify the roach as one of the creepy, crawly, insects that plague your home. You’ve probably seen them scuttling around your kitchen or living room. For some reason, your first reaction to these insects is one of disgust, and rightly so. Unbeknownst to many, cockroaches are dangerous to your family’s well being. They are carriers of deadly diseases such as salmonella, dysentery, gastroenteritis, and typhoid. They can poison food if they pass over it, and cause eczema and asthma with their droppings. Worse, they breed quickly, meaning an infestation could not be far away.

If you’ve noticed a growing cockroach problem where you live in, don’t panic and don’t try to solve it on your own. Here are some expert tips on how you can appropriately keep these nasty insects away for good:

Tip #1: Always consult your local pest control service

There’s a reason why this is the first and most important tip. Pest experts can apply the proper, non-lethal substances to eliminate and keep these cockroaches out from your home. Also, they can create a custom program for your home’s pest prevention to check if any cockroaches, and other pests, have returned.

As an added benefit, pest service professionals can also create detailed reports on the pests found in your home and ways on how they can be treated and prevented.

Tip #2: Store food and liquids away properly

Just like ants, mice, rats, and other insects, cockroaches are attracted to the scent of food crumbs and liquids that are spilt on the floor or aren’t kept. Store your food in plastic containers or keep them in the refrigerator. Also, make sure your kitchens and dining table are crumb- and spill-free. These steps prevent roaches from infesting your home.

Tip #3: Keep your bathroom clean

In a similar vein with tip #2, cockroaches are attracted to moisture, so it is highly advisable for you to keep your toilets, sinks, and shower areas dry.

Keep your trashcans covered and don’t leave any waste left outside, as the scent could attract roaches and other insects as well.

Tip #4: Catnip makes an effective repellant

Nepetalactone, an ingredient found in catnip, is what cockroaches are allergic to. You can either leave packs of the stuff in areas like your kitchen and bathrooms, or dipped into warm water to create catnip “tea”, a liquid solution that can then be sprayed onto areas like table surfaces, wall corners, or other areas where cockroaches might pass.

We hope you take these 4 simple tips to heart in order for your home to be completely cockroach-free. If you’ve got any other ideas or tips on how to effectively keep cockroaches away from your house, or opinions about what was discussed today, feel free to share them in the comments section below!

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