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What Attracts Cockroaches To Get Into My Home?

It can be very stressful when you wake up and turn on the lights only to see creepy crawlers squirming for cover. The main thing you need to do when you are looking to get rid of cockroaches is figuring out what is causing them to make your home their shelter.

1. Food

Every pest needs food to survive. Therefore, if you are regularly leaving out dirty dishes, dropping crumbs on your floor, or even allowing your trash to pile up – you could be dealing with cockroaches due to your negligence. 

2. Water

Another element every pest needs to survive is water. Allowing water to sit anywhere in your home is only welcoming pests. You want to avoid allowing any excess water to sit whether caused by leaky pipes or something else.

3. Shelter

Any cockroach is going to be looking for someplace to live. Allowing areas of your home to remain untouched is a recipe for a welcoming place for pests to settle. If you have an area in your home or around it where you are piling up cardboard boxes or even wood, you can expect cockroaches to want to live there.

4. Warmth

Cockroaches are a pest that you will likely have to deal with throughout the year if they’ve made your home their shelter. However, you will find them breeding and even more active when it’s warm outside. Therefore, you can expect more cockroach problems to show themselves during the summertime. 

How To Prevent Them?

To get rid of cockroaches, you will want to call on a professional pest control company. They are some of the most stubborn pests. Therefore, removing them is difficult, and getting rid of them should be made a priority because of how fast they breed. That being said, when your home is rid of cockroaches, there are a bunch of things you should be able to do to prevent the issue from occurring in the future.

Preventing Cockroaches:

– Wash your dishes as soon as you are done eating

– Take out the trash as soon as it fills and keep it away from your home

– Call a plumber to fix any leaks as quickly as possible

– Don’t let food get on the floor and don’t keep your pet’s food on the floor at all times

– Sweep after you finish cooking

– Don’t allow cracks to exist and if they do, regularly clean in that area

– Clean your home regularly

– Don’t allow cardboard boxes to sit around in your home

If you have an unfortunate cockroach problem, you aren’t out of luck. By calling Animal & Insect Pest Management Inc. right now, you will be able to get rid of them in a hurry. We can help you eradicate these unwanted pests for good!

Pest Control Is An Important Component Of Home Maintenance

Pest prevention is a very important component of home maintenance. And similar to changing your car’s oil so you don’t end up with engine problems or putting new hoses on your washing machine to avoid water issues, making sure that pests are excluded and their food sources are eliminated work to prevent big future pest problems. 

There is a good chance that you are performing other preventative maintenance tasks around your house already. Many people install signage and security cameras to help deter crime and collect evidence in the event that a break-in occurs. We purchase and maintain fire extinguishers and smoke detectors so we are well-prepared for fires. Pest prevention makes it possible for us to stay ahead of those pest issues that may cause sanitation problems, which are a negative factor when it comes to home appearance and cleanliness, and even can cause physical damage to your house.  

It is also critical to be proactive when it comes to pest control since pests reproduce rapidly. For example, mice reproduce 8 times per year, on average, with 6 new mice, on average, each time. Those mice, in turn, can reproduce with one another at 3 weeks old. Now you can see how mice populations can explode so fast! Many house sales are contingent on any pest problems being resolved, particularly with issues that relate to rodents. Before a house is sold, inspectors commonly discover signs of mice in a basement or attic, which can cause frustrations and delays in the house selling process.  

Like other aspects of preventive maintenance, an ongoing effort is necessary to ensure your houses stay in top condition. Pests are constantly searching for new ways to enter your house, looking for shelter, moisture, and food. Houses often offer more of those survival features than the own natural environment of the pests. That means that pests are constantly searching for ways to enter into your house, via any unsealed holes or gaps, chewing into your house, and through utility lines. 

However, don’t be fooled. One common mistake made by homeowners is cutting back on their pest prevention efforts when there isn’t any obvious pest activity. However, that is similar to wondering whether treating your lawn is really necessary when you can’t see any weeds when the main reason why your grass is so healthy and looks so good is due to the fertilizers and weed control that you have applied. When it comes to pest prevention, the same is true. When you don’t see pests, that doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t have any pest problems. What it really means is your pest solution is currently working. There are always going to be more pests attempting to get into your house. Therefore, pest prevention is always necessary to keep your house free of pests. When pest control is stopped, all of the defenses that have been built up will start to break down, which exposes the home to some of the same pest vulnerabilities that it had before.  

AIPM Can Help You

AIPM provides pest prevention programs for all budgets and homes. Our professional pest control technicians will make sure that the pest-entry points in your house are all sealed off and ensure that a year-round barrier is maintained around your house year-round. So, you will not need to deal with pests no matter which season it is.

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