Ways to Prevent Winter Roaches

Cockroaches are gross. They may boast impressive resilience, but between the irritation they can cause for people with asthma and allergies and their penchant for snacking on toenails, eyelashes, eyebrows, hair, and pet fur, nobody wants to see one of these pesky insects in their homes. On top of everything else, they look creepy- crawly, too, so the mere sight of a roach should be enough to get you on the phone with a pest control expert like Tabor Pest Services immediately.

Of course, while calling roach control professionals to exterminate these tough little bugs is always the best approach, there are a few things homeowners can do to ensure those insects don’t make their way into your home in the first place. Winter is an especially active time for them to invade households because the weather gets so frigid, so in the months ahead of those cold months, consider doing the following to prevent them from sneaking in:

#1 Keep Your Kitchen Clean

We’d give the same advice in the spring since ants also are attracted to food left out on counters, but keeping your kitchen clean is one of the best ways to ensure that roaches don’t infest your house. They’re looking for sustenance, no matter how small, so try not to leave crumbs on plates or empty pizza boxes on the counter overnight. Those are exactly the types of things that could attract roaches.

#2 Seal Pantry Items

Roaches like starchy foods, so another smart thing to do is to ensure that your starchy food items are properly sealed in cabinets and pantries. Cereal, pasta, sugar, and any other item that doesn’t go in the refrigerator should be stored in a sealed container to protect your food from roaches and to keep them from having motivation to invade your pantry in the first place.

#3 Repair Leaks

As well as food, cockroaches may come looking for water, so if you’ve got any moist areas in your home that are the results of fixable leaks, we recommend calling your plumber and having those sealed up tight before the weather gets cold. It’s yet another way to ensure roaches don’t target your home as a place filled with potential resources.

#4 Take Out the Trash

For the same reason that you should keep your counters cleaned and your food stored, you also should take out the trash regularly. Yes, having a trash can with a lid is better than one without, but make sure you’re taking the garbage outside at regular intervals to avoid any tasty trash morsels from attracting a roach party.

#5 Check Your Home's Insulation

Old or poorly installed insulation can actually attract insects to your home. Roaches may even see insulation as a snack if it’s made out of organic material. To protect against self-grooming insects like roaches, make sure that your home’s insulation is bonded with boric acid.

Call an Exterminator

Each of the aforementioned tasks are exercises homeowners can do to help prevent roaches from getting into the home, but if those prove to be futile and roaches find their way inside anyway, your best bet is to call the insect control experts at Tabor Pest Services. We have been serving the Benton, Illinois community for over 35 years, so we know exactly how to help eliminate your home of whatever pest may find its way inside, including but not limited to cockroaches.

If you need our help with bug control or eliminating rodents, just give us a call and we’ll make your house roach-free as soon as we can!