The Essential Pest Control Tips: Cockroach-Proof Your House

How to cockroach-proof your house

  1. Consult with your local pest service
  2. Store food and liquids away properly
  3. Keep the bathroom clean
  4. Use catnip as a repellant
  5. Keep your area as clean as possible
  6. Do not underestimate the power of sugar
  7. Fix any leaks in your home
  8. Keep your doors and windows closed when needed and also do sun tint residential window tinting for extra protection.

Today, Topbest will be starting a series of pest control tips for specific bugs and vermin that could infest your home. Although ALL tips for ALL kinds of possible pests could be written down in full detail, that would be a tedious task on your part as a reader.

So, with that said, the writers have decided to focus on one specific challenge at a time. For this piece, cockroaches will be the creatures to take center stage.

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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, or just happened to notice one scurrying or flying about, the first thing to not do is panic. Also, as much as possible, don’t try to solve it on your own. Just for you, here are some expert tips on how you can appropriately keep these nasty insects away for good:

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.

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. Make to properly 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.

3.  Keep your bathroom clean

In a similar vein with tip #2, cockroaches are attracted to moisture. Think about it, what is that one particular area where a cockroach is likely to appear in? If you guessed the bathroom, then you are correct.

So, with that said, it is highly advisable for you to keep your toilets, sinks, and shower areas dry. That way, you won’t worry about finding any of these critters scurrying around your bathroom tiles, or even up your leg as you shower.

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 in 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.

5.  Keep your area as clean as possible

Besides your bathroom, there are other areas in your home that are susceptible to cockroaches. Areas such as your kitchen, laundry areas, or your garage are just as prone to infestations of these tiny winged creatures.

With that said, keep your trashcans covered and don’t leave any waste left outside, as the scent could attract roaches and other insects as well. Also, your trashcans and other waste bins should be kept with the lid on at all times. You wouldn’t want a visit from other pests as well.

6.  Never underestimate the power of sugar

While sugar seems like an open invitation or all kinds of insects, that specific quality can actually be used to your advantage as a homeowner. There’s nothing like the sight of pests, particularly cockroaches, feasting on their sugary treats…especially when it’s mixed with a bit of boric acid.

That’s right. When you mix sugar with boric acid, it creates a concoction that lures cockroaches and other pests with their sugary-sweet appeal, and then kills them with the boric acid mixed with it. Once you have this ready, set it in your chosen area and wait for them to take the bait. Just be sure to keep it out of children’s reach should you choose to go to this tip.

7.  Fix any leaks present in your home

Since the concept of cockroaches lurking in your bathroom has been discussed, the general idea that cockroaches tend to lurk around areas with moisture is given much emphasis to this topic. With that said, make it a point to look for any leaks present in your home.

When you see a leaking pipe, take a look at the problem and asses on how to fix it. Either tighten up some screws, replace what needs to be replaced, or use some good old-fashioned sealant to take care of the job. Either way, any leak you come across will be taken care of in no-time.

8.  Keep your doors and windows closed when needed

When a door or a window is opened in your home, there is the notion of letting in natural light and, of course, ventilation. Leave either open for too long, however, you may as well just invite cockroaches in your home to feast on anything.

With that said, unless you need to do so, it’s best to keep your doors and windows closed at times when you they’re not needed. That way, you’re able to keep all pests at bay and you’re able to secure your home from any potential threats of any size.

Key Takeaway

Cockroaches are the kind of pests that anyone would be repulsed by. With these tips on hand, you won’t have to worry about them for a long while.

9 Signs Your House Is Infested With Termites

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Signs that your house is infested with termites

  1. Hollow sound of wooden furniture
  2. Broken and damaged furniture
  3. Shelter tubes on wooden surfaces
  4. Dirt on the wood
  5. Groups of winged insects and discarded wings
  6. Blowholes in trees
  7. Piles of frass
  8. Tree nests
  9. Subterranean Tunnels

A termite infestation is one of the worst home management problems to deal with. They can cause major property damage if left untreated and undetected and, in addition, can remain undetected since they burrow from the inside out of a wooden structure. No home is safe from this pest predicament. Anywhere there is moisture, soil, wood, or materials made of cellulose, termites will be close by, ready to strike when no one is watching.

Termite Control - 5 Signs Your House Is Infested With Termites

Before you call a termite control provider in the Philippines, it is best to do a little self-inspection to prove if there are termites residing in your home. Aside from saving you a few bucks on consultation fees, it teaches you how to manage your own home from these pesky critters. Here are 9 signs your house is infested with termites:

Sign #1: Pieces of wood/wooden furniture sound hollow.

In order to check if termites have infested your home, start with your furniture. If you have wooden pieces, there’s a chance termites could be living in them. An added bonus is that wood coupled with moisture is a double magnet for termites. They derive water and the moisture to survive, as they dry out easily. Get a hammer and gently tap the surface of the wood. If it sounds empty, you can be sure that termites have made their home inside. The damage gradually moves from the inside out. Which leads to…

Sign #2: Broken or damaged furniture.

Over time, the termites burrowing and eating of the wood will also weaken its structure. This is because they eat wood in a honeycomb pattern which leaves the inside essentially be hollow. Also, they eat wood from inside out, which could make a wooden structure appear to be fine, but, in reality, it has become frail.

If a wooden chair or table leg breaks after someone applies too much weight on it, or a portion of a wooden platform looks chipped, take a closer look.

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The openings look like see-through tunnel passages, with a few holes spread out as the entrances or exits. If a few insects come out, they’re either carpenter ants or termites.

Also, be wary of sagging floors. This is a sign that termites have eaten out the foundations of the flooring. Such damage could cause the floor to give way which is both dangerous and possibly fatal.

Sign #3: Shelter tubes leading to wooden surfaces

As mentioned earlier, termites need moisture to survive, as they have very delicate frames. One species of termites called subterranean termites need to build shelter tubes made of mud leading to their shelter/food source to protect them from the harsh environment. This also protects them from predators. Due to their need for moisture, they avoid desiccating by building these tunnels at night.

These tunnels are usually brown in color and have a clay-like texture. They can be as narrow as 10 millimeters and as wide as 50 millimeters; the larger the tunnel, the more worker and soldier termites can be transported; the more termites means more damage. Take preventive measures immediately if you see narrow mud tunnels in and around your home. Call pest control if the tunnels are wide.

To see if the shelter tubes are active, break it and return a while later to see if it is rebuilt, notes Susan Jones, a professor of entomology at Ohio State University.

Sign #4: Dirt on the wood

Since termites use mud and soil to build their shelter tubes, chances are they’ll be covered in them too while crawling on or in a wooden surface. When inspecting a piece of wood with holes and cracks similar to that in sign #2. If there are pieces of mud and dirt, that’s a sign that termites have taken refuge.

Sign #5: Groups of winged insects or discarded wings

Based on Ron Harrison’s, a writer for realtor.com, gathered research, you may see a swarm of insects flying in your home. These are called swarmer termites that take flight looking for places to create new colonies. If you notice a group of them, or fallen wings on a surface, Harrison’s advice is to call a termite expert to check it out.

Subterranean termites look for new habitats for their colonies during spring time. Seeing discarded wings in or around your home during this season could mean that a new colony could be terrorizing your home.

Sign #6: Blowholes in Trees

Colonies are formed in tree root crowns and trunks for both dry wood and subterranean termites, but is more common for the latter. When the colony has to deal and fight with invaders, slits on trunks are created in case the termites need to escape. But when the fighting is over, worker termites seal the holes and the tree will produce a callus where the slits used to be. If you see these calluses, then knock on the trunk where it is present to hear if it is hollow which would mean that termites have invaded.

Sign #7: Piles of Frass

Frass is the term used to refer to the droppings of termites. These tiny pellets can be found at or near possible termite entry points. Google exactly how this looks like and look for the presence of these inside or directly outside your home. If you do find these, then termites are definitely around your home.

Sign #8: Tree Nest

Aside from slits on tree roots and trunks, large chunks of mud should also be visible on the surface of trees especially if it holds an active colony. Seeing such a sign is an indicator of a heavy infestation and pest control must immediately be sought out.

Sign #9: Subterranean Tunnels

Subterranean termites can also construct an underground system of tunnels to get to a food source. They also use this system to transport the food back to their colony. This tunnel system is usually 20 centimeters deep and with a 50 meter radius from the colony. While this is a difficult sign to spot, take the opportunity to observe this if ever any diggings happen at your home.