We see it on TV all the time: a cockroach scurries across the floor and everyone in the room screams and jumps up onto furniture until someone smashes it or finds the repellent. When this happens to you, it can be equally as frightening, especially if you’re unable to find where the pesky roach went to hide. Then, you’re stuck wondering where it is and if there are more. At Frame's Pest Control, Inc., we understand how unsettling it can be, which is why we’ve compiled some tips and tricks to help you prevent a winter roach infestation.
Why Cockroaches Are More Prevalent in Winter
Just like you rely on your heater to provide you with warmth and protection from the snow and freezing cold Midwestern winters, cockroaches seek warmth and protection too. Your property offers the perfect shelter for cockroaches during the winter because it contains all the resources they need to survive—a cozy place to hide and food.
What You Can Do to Prevent an Infestation
Because cockroaches are attracted to your home due to the comforts it provides them, the best thing you can do to prevent an infestation is reduce any access to food sources or warm hiding spots.
Our experienced Ann Arbor and Toledo roach control technicians recommend that you:
- Ensure that all the food in your pantry is sealed tightly—we recommend using glass containers with tight fitting lids
- Ensure that your pantry is kept tidy and there aren’t any food crumbs or spilled contents
- Make sure that all your appliances are kept thoroughly cleaned—this includes your oven, toaster, microwave, and the hard to reach areas around your refrigerator and stove
- Thoroughly wash all dishes that contained pet food and never leave them to sit overnight
- Wipe down all surfaces in your kitchen after you cook and eat a meal
- Store your dishes and cookware upside down so it’s more difficult for cockroaches to hide within them and lay eggs
- Vacuum and sweep regularly to ensure that you thoroughly dispose of any crumbs or food remnants
- Either take your trash and/or compost out every night or ensure that your bins are sealed tightly enough
- Ensure that there are no cracks between your cabinets, in your floors and walls, or around your pipes and cables so it’s more difficult for any roaches to enter your home in the first place
- Try to eliminate any clutter within your home, as this attracts roaches
- Plug all the drains in your sinks and tubs when they’re not in use so cockroaches can’t crawl up them to enter your home
What Happens if You Do Get an Infestation?
Although stores have shelves full of roach repellent and commercials for Raid boast its success, the only true way to get rid of a roach infestation is to call in the professionals. Roaches are nocturnal and are excellent at hiding, which is why it’s often difficult to find them during the day. Fortunately, we are Associate Certified Entomologists which means that we have professional insights into the habits of roaches, and we know the best ways to effectively remove them from your property and prevent their return. Our roach control method involves two treatments. If you’re still dealing with an issue after we’ve done both, our team will return for a third treatment at no additional charge.
Let us help you say adios cucaracha once and for all! Call (419) 475-6055 or contact us online to speak to one of our Ann Arbor or Toledo roach control experts.