Cockroaches are some of the most resilient insects known to man. Easily recognized by their oval shape and short legs, keeping them close to the ground, cockroaches can crawl and squeeze their way into just about anywhere, making them even more frustrating to deal with.
Cockroaches really only need three things to survive—food, water and shelter—and they’ll find it in the smallest of places, quickly breeding and creating an infestation in your home or business. To avoid a cockroach problem getting out of hand, you’ll need to implement some of the best techniques for pest prevention in Alaska.
Why you don’t want cockroaches around
Cockroaches aren’t particularly scary pests—they’re mostly just gross. They don’t bite or cause immediate harm to you, but they can be harmful in other ways. Because cockroaches seek food sources, they can contaminate your food and spread diseases.
Additionally, cockroaches produce allergens that put people, particularly children, at risk of asthma and other health problems. To avoid all of these problems, you should focus on pest prevention in Alaska, rather than pest removal once you notice one scuttling around. At that point, more than one cockroach has already gotten in and your property could be infested with hiding pests.
Tips for cockroach prevention
To adequately prevent cockroaches in your buildings, you need to understand the most likely places for them to go. Like many pests, cockroaches are attracted to food, so food preparation areas will be highly frequented. There are different species of cockroaches, but many of them like to be indoors in damp and moist places like basements. Most will hide during the day and come out at night when they won’t be disturbed or discovered.
Because of their attraction to food and water, your focus should be on keeping your building clean to prevent hungry pests from wandering in:
- Store all food: Cockroaches will seek out food, and open containers of food left unattended will feel like Christmas to them. Be sure to seal all containers and put food and food waste away before going to bed.
- Clean everything: Cockroaches will seek out even the tiniest crumbs or puddles of grease in your kitchen, so you want to be vigilant about cleaning and removing food residue. Wipe and sanitize countertops, sweep up crumbs and put trash away after preparing food.
- Fix plumbing leaks: Since cockroaches need water and prefer moist places to live, they’ll be attracted to plumbing leaks and dripping faucets, like underneath your kitchen sink. Fix these issues and make sure there are no leaks remaining in your building to discourage pests.
- Seal cracks: Cockroaches can squeeze their small bodies through tiny cracks and holes, so if there’s a way in, chances are, they’ll get in. Seek these cracks and holes out and fill them with caulk to prevent pests from getting in. Additionally, clean out your air ducts and floor drains that connect to the sewer system to discourage entry there, too.
Sometimes prevention just isn’t enough, and you may find yourself with an uninvited guest or two. If you see a cockroach in your building, call a pest control company as soon as possible to have your building inspected and any infestations removed thoroughly.
Call Pied Piper Pest Control for more information on pest prevention in Alaska. Our team has provided premier pest control services for over 50 years, removing all kinds of pests, including insects, rodents, birds, squirrels and more. Call today for a free consultation!
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