It is not uncommon for homeowners to panic at the sight of a cockroach in their home. Even though there is a common misconception that cockroaches only inhabit dirty homes, they can still thrive in even the cleanest house without much difficulty finding the food and water necessary for survival. Unfortunately, this means no home is safe from infestation and these hardy pests could already be in your home without your knowledge.
How Do Cockroaches Enter a Home?
There are many different ways that a cockroach can find its way into a home. Knowing the typical entry points into a home for this pest can help make prevention and exclusion more effective. Here are some of the typical ways a cockroach will enter your home.
- Hitchhiking – It is not uncommon for cockroaches to “hitchhike” their way into your home. This can include bags or luggage after vacationing or packages that are delivered to your home. For this reason, it is important to check all items coming into the home from areas potentially housing cockroaches.
- Cracks and Holes – Given the small size of cockroaches, they are able to utilize even the smallest crack or hole that may be around your home. In most cases, these entry points will be found around doors and windows or foundation defects. Sealing these holes can help limit the chances of cockroaches entering the home.
- Piping – Typically seen in apartment buildings, cockroaches will often utilize water system piping to travel from unit to unit. However, the sewage systems of a single-family home can also be utilized by these pests. Cleaning drains regularly and plugging them when not in use can help limit the chances of infestation.
Preventing and Monitoring Cockroaches
Prevention and monitoring are critical in ensuring your home remains pest-free. Proper sanitation is one of the most important ways homeowners can prevent cockroach infestation and the introduction of a wide variety of pests. For homes in areas prone to a cockroach infestation, custom maintenance programs can help provide extended protection.
Why Arrow Exterminators for Cockroach Prevention?
You don’t have to deal with cockroach infestation on your own. Our dedicated and professional team will take the time to understand your needs and outline your plan in plain language so you know exactly what to expect from us and exactly what it will cost you. If you want a unique pest control program tailored to all your specific needs, then this is the right plan for you