Properly preventing cockroaches from entering the home is important because of the health problems these insects can cause. They are a major irritant to allergy and asthma sufferers but they also carry germs that can cause a variety of illnesses. No home is safe from a cockroach infestation but you can take a number of steps to make sure that you are not attracting these unwanted house guests from entering and making themselves at home.
Maintaining your home and keeping everything clean is the most important task for preventing cockroaches. Cockroaches rely on readily available food, water and dark shelter in order to thrive. Simply keeping countertops, tables and floors clean from food or water can make a big difference as well as keeping dishes washed and put away. Food should also be sealed securely and put into cupboards or inside the refrigerator.
Keeping an eye on locations in the home such as pipes, toilets, showers and faucets can also help prevent cockroaches from being attracted to your living space. Even the smallest pipe leak can provide enough water for a cockroach to thrive. You should also be sure to run your bathroom fan during and after showers to reduce excessive humidity in the bathroom as well as the air inside the rest of the house.
It’s also a general rule of thumb for insect prevention to caulk or seal any gaps or cracks that exist around your home. If you allow access from the outside, cockroaches will easily be able to get in. Pay extra attention to the spaces around plumbing, gas lines and electrical lines. You should also seal gaps behind cupboards, vanities and countertops.
You will be better preventing cockroaches in your home if you make conditions undesirable for this insect. Whether you have had a cockroach problem in the past or you simply want to prevent them from ever entering your home, you may want to consider using an insect repellant to protect your family. Many insecticides and pesticides can be harmful to a human’s health but there are a number of all natural repellants and safe options on the market that will work just as effectively. These products should be used periodically throughout the year along with regular upkeep of the home in order to provide optimal protection against cockroaches.