How to Prevent Summer Cockroach Infestations in Tulsa
June 11, 2019
There are plenty of songs about the lazy days of summer but, for cockroaches, summer is anything but a lazy season. In fact, it’s the most active time of year for cockroaches who love warmth and humidity. As temperatures rise, cockroaches become more active, scurrying around looking for food and breeding. Cockroach populations can explode in the summer, and that’s bad news for Tulsa residents.
Summer also likely means more cockroaches in homes around Tulsa. While cockroaches like the warmth, it can get too hot outside for them and they will go looking for a cooler place to reside during a scorching Oklahoma summer. That cooler place may well be in your house. During a drought, cockroaches may enter your home looking for sources of water.
As a concerned homeowner, you want to take every step you can to keep cockroaches out of your home. Here are some things you can do to make your home less attractive to cockroaches.
Eliminate Sources of Food
Cockroaches will eat just about anything, including unpleasant items such as dog feces in your yard. Do your best to eliminate anything that could be an easy snack for cockroaches. That means keeping your home surgically clean. However, cockroaches will invade even the cleanest of homes.
Regularly wipe down countertops, stovetops, and tables to eliminate crumbs and sticky spots. Remember to clean under toasters and other items on your counter.
Keep food put away and store it in sturdy glass or plastic containers that cockroaches can’t get into.
Sweep floors daily to get rid of food bits that have fallen.
Eliminate Sources of Water
Like most living things, cockroaches also need water, so eliminate water sources in your home:
Repair any leaks under sinks or around pipes or toilets.
Empty the drip pans that have been placed under potted plants to capture extra water.
Empty pet food and water bowls at night.
Don’t leave damp items like sponges sitting around.
Eliminate Entry Points
Once cockroaches enter your home, they are harder to deal with.
Do your best to make it impossible for them to get in:
Seal cracks in your foundation where they may gain entry.
Install weather stripping around entryways to get rid of crevices that serve as cockroach doors.
Check around windows and other openings in exterior walls for cracks and crevices that need to be sealed.
Once cockroaches have invaded your home, they are difficult to get rid of. They breed quickly and even a small infestation can grow fast. If you see signs of cockroaches in your yard, but not in your home, you can be sure they will eventually head for your home, leaving bacteria and disease in their wake.
Because cockroaches are so tenacious (they can live underwater for nearly an hour), it’s important to take action as soon as you think you may have an infestation. Calling a professional exterminator is a smart move.
Montgomery Exterminating has deep knowledge in dealing with cockroaches. Our experienced technicians will complete a thorough inspection and suggest a course of treatment that’s best for your situation. We offer a variety of service plans to fit the needs of Tulsa residents.
Call us for more information on how we can help you eliminate a dangerous cockroach infestation from your home.