For many homeowners, there is nothing worse than the influx of cockroaches that seem to invade every year. Cockroaches are vile creatures that carry allergens, eat foods, and make a loud crunch when they get stepped on.
A single cockroach can give you and your family nightmares and there is never just one roach inside your home. If there is one, there are likely many, many, more. That’s why you should act right away to keep those unwanted bugs away from your home for good.
You can’t just grab a broom or bucket of water and try to scare cockroaches out of your home yourself. Cockroaches can survive being submerged under water for 30 minutes and can live a week without their heads… You need to consult with the Pros at Hope Pest Control, Santa Paula, CA to ensure your home is cockroach free.
That is why so many homeowners look forward to winter, when it appears that cockroach numbers decrease. Yet, what happens to cockroaches in winter and are they still considered a pest problem?
Tips to Prevent Cockroaches from taking over during Winter
Cockroaches need resources such as food, water and a place to keep warm and hide. With winter cockroaches may be looking for shelter inside of your home that comes with the added bonus of being stocked with all of the resources they need to survive. They key to preventing roaches from infesting your home is to remove the home comforts that they are searching for.
Cockroaches mostly come out at night, so they are typically taking refuge in the dark hiding place during daylight hours.
• Store all non-refrigerated foods (pastas, flour etc.) in sealed containers. Store food in preferably glass containers with tight-fighting lids and keep any shelves in the pantry extra tidy.
• Thoroughly clean the inside of the microwave, oven and toaster. You should frequently clean those hard to reach areas behind and beneath the refrigerator and the stove. Cockroaches like to hide in toasters and eat the crumbs so make sure to frequently clean these and turn them on for about 3 minutes to destroy any food scent.
• Wash all pet food dished daily and never leave out pet food over-night. Pet water bowls area a source of water for cockroaches so perhaps you should think about how you can resolve that problem.
• Do not leave dirty dishes out overnight. Dirty dishes serve as a ready-made invitation to come and feast. If you cannot wash them, then at the very least rinse or leave them to soak in soapy water.
• Store pots, pans and dished upside down so you won’t have cockroach droppings or eggs inside them.
• Don’t hoard clutter. Cockroaches will nest in anything from paper to clothing. This could even include the garage, basement or attic.
These are just a few tips to help prevent a cockroach pest infestation in your home this winter. Now, if your concerned as to what cockroaches you might encounter in Southern California, well it’s a good idea to learn what types you can expect to see.
3 Types of Cockroaches
German cockroach, is the type of roach that is most likely to cause problems for homeowners in Southern California. They like to be inside houses and are generally found in areas that provide them with the things they need to survive-shelter, food and water. These German cockroaches measure half an inch.
Brown Banded Cockroach, is another half inch sized cockroach. These pests need water and food to survive. They like to hide in cluttered areas inside your home.
Oriental Cockroach, is longer than the German or brown banded roaches measuring in at a little over one inch. This type of cockroach prefers the dark and is attracted to damp areas. A leaking pipe inside a cabinet is just the type of place this cockroach like to hang out.
These are just a few of cockroaches that can be invading your home. Roaches can be prevented by removing clutter and access to food will decrease the like hood of a cockroach invasion. If you are concerned about cockroaches this winter or any other time, contact us at Hope Pest Control today @ (805) 797-9495. We’d love an opportunity to talk to you about our comprehensive cockroach control options!