Trends in interior design change frequently; however, the sight of a cockroach scurrying across your dining room floor will never become fashionable. This is important to keep in mind, because as summer approaches and you take shelter from the heat in your air-conditioned house or apartment, nearby cockroaches are liable to do the same. Here are some ways to make sure your house doesn't become home to any unwanted guests.
Clean up Your Act
You’re probably not a dirty person, but remember, cockroaches are small critters, and it doesn't take very many scattered pieces of food to sustain them. Just a few crumbs will suffice. In order to keep cockroaches away, don’t give them an incentive to come inside in the first place. Vacuum your floors at least once a week, wipe loose crumbs off the counter, don't leave dirty dishes overnight, take out the trash and keep food sealed tightly and put away. Also, when cleaning, use disinfectant wipes and degreasers, so that not even the smallest particles of food remain. If you can, try to only eat food in one or two rooms. This will decrease the number of crumbs and spills and make it easier for you to keep your place clean. Finally, tidy up. Don’t let toys, books, clothes, boxes and other knick-knacks pile around, as cockroaches will make good use of them to hide from view.
Seal all Entry Points
Even if you clean up every single crumb in your entire house, cockroaches are still likely to come inside, if for no other reason than the air conditioner. This is why you’re going to want to make sure that you remove any openings that cockroaches can use by sealing broken utility pipes and around crawl spaces, caulking up any cracks or crevices in your house’s foundations, replacing the weather stripping if necessary, and making sure that all windows and doors shut properly without gaps. Cockroaches can crawl through even the tiniest of openings, so even if your house is safe from burglars, if you’re small enough, there is more than one way to get inside.
Summer is a great time to invite friends and family over. Cockroaches and other pests, however, are not welcome. For more information, or to receive quality pest control information, contact Terminix of West Michigan today.