No one wants to wake up to a cockroach crawling across the countertop! Unfortunately, these hardy and persistent pests are common in Ventura County, California, and keeping them from taking over your home can be a challenge. But how do you prevent cockroaches from entering your home? Despite their persistence, there are ways to keep cockroaches out and your home cockroach-free. Addressing issues like points of entry and potential food sources can help you avoid and prevent cockroach infestations.
Types of cockroaches you may encounter
To begin the battle of cockroach prevention, it is best to understand your enemy. In our area, there are four main species of cockroaches that you may encounter, and understanding what attracts each species will help you create an effective prevention plan.
German cockroaches are the most common cockroach species worldwide. These roaches are light brown to tan in color with two dark parallel stripes down their back. These roaches prefer warm, humid locations next to a food and water source, so they are most often found in kitchens.
Oriental cockroaches often referred to as waterbugs, are shiny black in color and seek areas of high moisture and humidity. These cockroaches are more likely to be found near leaky pipes or faucets or in sink drains.
How to prevent cockroaches from entering your home
1. Seal entry points
2. Eliminate food sources
Cockroach prevention often begins in the kitchen where potential food sources can be in abundance. Because roaches are most active at night, cleaning your kitchen before going to bed is an essential prevention strategy. Clean all dishes from the sink and remove any food residue from sink drains. Wipe down all countertops to remove crumbs and sweep the floors. In addition, take out the trash at the end of each day to remove another potential food source. In addition, pick up and store away any uneaten pet food overnight as this can be a target for roaches.
3. Store food properly
4. Keep a clean home
5. Inspect all items coming into your home
6. Address outdoor issues
Keeping roaches from entering your home includes managing your outdoor space. For example, thick vegetation around your home’s foundation can provide hiding spaces for roaches, as well as hidden entry points. Keeping vegetation away from the foundation and inspecting for cracks is essential. In addition, keep things like stacked firewood away from the home. You also want to address potential food sources outside, such as pet food bowls and garbage cans. Make sure to put up food bowls at night and ensure that your garbage can has a secure lid.
Keeping Your Home Cockroach-Free
Trying to prevent cockroach infestations can be challenging and, despite your best efforts, you may still wake up to find signs of a cockroach infestation. If you feel like you are fighting a losing battle, it may be time to call in the experts.
At Insight Pest Management, our team of experts understands cockroach behavior. If you have an infestation already, we will eliminate the cockroaches and then work with you to create an effective prevention plan to keep your home cockroach-free. To learn how we can help, schedule a free evaluation today.