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5 Tips for Keeping Cockroaches Out of Your Tulsa Home This Summer

April 10, 2019

a full grown adult cockroach infesting a ripe yellow pear in a tulsa kitchen

Cockroaches are a pest that should never be ignored. They are pretty high up on the pest threat list. Cockroaches favor dirty locations filled with bacteria, such as sewers, toilets, dumpsters, etc. They’ll eat feces and dead carcasses, along with a variety of other foods. Not only will they eat filth, but the pathogens will collect on their legs and bodies. They will then spread it wherever they go. Because of this, cockroaches are known to spread many diseases, illnesses, and parasites. They can take these microorganisms right to the fruit bowl on your kitchen counter. Not only can they spread sickness and disease, but they’re also capable of biting and they’re linked to asthma exacerbation. If you want all the details on the dangers of cockroaches, read our previous blog Dangers Cockroaches Bring to Homes.

If you suspect you have cockroaches in your home, you should never ignore it. In fact, you should actively protect your home against roaches. As the temperatures rise, we will see more activity and more invasions. Make sure your Tulsa home is protected. Here are 5 tips on how to do this:

  1. Reduce moisture and fix leaks.These pests love moisture and humidity. If your Tulsa home provides water sources, cockroaches will likely end up there. Be sure to check around pipes, and unclog drains. Dehumidifiers can be helpful, especially in basements, cellars, crawl spaces, and other areas high in moisture.
  2. Seal off any cracks or other entry points. The body of a cockroach is flat and compact. They can fit through very thin openings around the exterior of your home, which is the most common form of entrance. Be sure to inspect around your foundation, around doors and windows, and around pipes and vents. Any cracks you find should be caulked or sealed off. Just be sure you’re not sealing any roaches in…
  3. Eliminate food sources. Cockroaches are not picky when it comes to food. They have a wide range of what they’ll eat, from rotting food in the trash to the toothpaste left on your toothbrush. These pests will eat human food as well as feces. Make sure to keep all food stored in airtight containers. You should also keep fitted lids on all trash receptacles and take the trash out frequently. It’s also worth mentioning that roaches can live a whole month without food. Eliminating food will help make your home less appealing to cockroaches, but if you have an infestation it won’t kill them off quickly.
  4. Clean all surfaces regularly. Cleaning surfaces regularly can help prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. If you have cockroaches in your home, cleaning all surfaces should be done often, especially when preparing food. Cockroaches move quickly. They can cover the distance between your trash and your countertop within seconds. This goes unnoticed the majority of the time.
  5. Contact professional help. Cockroaches are a hardy pest. They’re extremely difficult to eradicate by homeowners alone. They even have the ability to build immunity to some insecticides. The best way to prevent or eliminate cockroaches from your Tulsa home is to bring a professional on board. Professional pest control will know exactly how to pinpoint an infestation and eliminate it as soon as possible.

If you live in Tulsa, Montgomery Exterminating can take care of your roach problem quickly and effectively. We’re here to protect those living in our service area from the threats of pests. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you’re worried about cockroaches in your home. We offer both home pest control and commercial pest control. Schedule your free estimate today.

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