A "No-Trespassing" sign might scare away one or two unwanted humans, but it won't have any impact on keeping cockroaches off your Oklahoma lawn. Cockroaches are among the most dreaded pests. They're large, some of them can fly, and they are disgusting! Don't let these pests fill your home with bacteria and filth. Instead, follow this guide to learn how to make your home less appealing to cockroaches.
Types of Cockroach
Did you know there are thousands of species of cockroaches around the world? Gross, right? In the United States, four main species will try to get inside your house to escape the winter weather. These are German cockroaches, American cockroaches, Oriental cockroaches, and brown-banded cockroaches. They're all nocturnal, which means they'll be active at night while you're sleeping. You may have several cockroaches living in your home without you noticing.
There are three main reasons cockroaches will try to get inside your Tulsa home—food, shelter, and humidity. Cockroaches love moisture and will seek out the damp areas of your home in which to hide. They'll spend even more time in your home if they can easily find food. They'll eat crumbs, sauces left on a dirty dish, and even rotting garbage.
Because cockroaches are attracted to filth, they're carriers of dangerous bacteria. When roaches crawl across your kitchen counter, they're spreading bacteria from garbage, rotting materials, and fecal matter that they may have been eating earlier. Also, cockroaches often trigger allergy and asthma symptoms.
In order to prevent a cockroach infestation, you want to make your home less accessible. This means checking the exterior for holes, cracks, or tears that may be creating easy access points. Unfortunately, they can fit through the smallest of spaces, and they can come in through vents and pipes. Therefore, the best way to prevent them is to make your home less appealing.
The trick is to clean! Cleaning is the best way to deter cockroaches. Clean food messes promptly, never leave food or dirty dishes sitting out, and seal your trash cans tightly. These steps will make it difficult for cockroaches to find a meal. Next, clean those often-forgotten, hard-to-get-to areas like storage closets, basements, attics, crawl spaces, and under large appliances. These areas may be gathering moisture and creating the perfect hideout for cockroaches. If you eliminate their hiding spots and their food sources, they won't have any reason to come to your home.
If, however, cockroaches do get inside, the professionals at Mid America Pest Control are here to help. Although stores have ample supplies of toxic roach sprays, we don't recommend using these products. Roaches are resilient pests; you've probably heard the joke that they could survive a nuclear war. Whether or not that's true, we do know that roach-killer sprays are often ineffective. Plus, these sprays contain heavy chemicals, and excessive spray could cause harm to you and your family. Instead, let us use our specialized tools and experience to quickly and efficiently get rid of your cockroach problem. Keep roaches off your property by cleaning, sealing the outside of your home, and contacting Mid America Pest Control for year-round cockroach protection.