There are few sights more alarming than a cockroach scuttling across the floor of your home or office. There’s no question cockroaches are creepy. But what many people don’t realize is they can also pose health risks. Cockroaches are known to trigger allergic reactions as well as asthma symptoms. Additionally, they can carry up to 33 kinds of bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella.
Unfortunately, cockroaches are notoriously difficult to control. That being said, taking preventative measures against them is the best approach for a cockroach-free environment. Proper sanitation and keeping all areas free of moisture are common best practices, along with the following tips:
1. Kitchen: It’s time to get a little meticulous with your kitchen habits! Clear tables and counters right away after meals or preparing food. Keep as many items as possible in air tight containers. and always avoid leaving food out. Do your best to clean dishes quickly after meals and keep crumbs to a minimum. Failure to do these things is an open invitation for cockroaches (and other pests!).
2. Bathroom: Yikes. This is probably the last place you would ever want to discover a cockroach. Luckily there is a key trick to keeping them out. Since cockroaches are attracted to water and moisture, keeping sinks, showers and tubs dry is imperative. Wipe down these areas after use. Leaky faucets could be another potential culprit. Make sure to repair any leaks as soon as possible. Keep in mind cockroaches can only survive for one week without water – no water = no cockroach.
3. Basement: Basements tend to have a lot of clutter. And where do cockroaches enjoy hiding? Amidst clutter! Take a day or a weekend to clean out your basement and remove as much clutter as possible. Basement windows are also a concern, as cockroaches use them as a point of access. Make a note to seal cracks and crevices, and to repair worn down weather stripping.
For more information about cockroaches, contact Aerex Pest Control. We’re seasoned in safely eliminating them from homes and offices throughout the Chicagoland area. We’re also familiar with their appearance, lifecycle and habits.