Ridding Your Home of Insects

No Vacancy: 3 Steps To Keep Roaches From Checking In This Summer

by Ted Miller

Now that the weather has started to warm up, you're going to notice more bug activity in, and around, your home. One bug that you might start seeing more of is the common – but disgusting – roach. In fact, you might start seeing a lot of roaches, especially if you don't take a few evasive maneuvers ahead of time. Roaches spend a lot of time looking for the perfect home to vacation in during the summer. During the summer, roaches will be looking for three things; food, water, and a cool place to live. Your home will provide all those items, if you're not careful.   Luckily, with some advanced planning, you can reduce your chances of having uninvited guests this summer. Here are some simple steps you can take to keep roaches away.

Remove the Food

When it comes to roaches, the first thing they're going to look for is quick access to food. If your trash area is not clean, that's the first place they're going to look. There are a few things you can do to clear the trash, and remove the temptation. First, use scented trash can liners for your trash. Second, always close the lid on your outside trash cans. Third, pick up any debris that lands on the ground around your outside trash cans. Following these suggestions will help keep roaches out of your yard, and away from your home.

Stop the Free Water

Once the temperatures begin to soar, roaches are going to need easy access to water. If you have leaky faucets, roaches are going to make a beeline for your home. Before you end up with a serious roach infestation this summer, take the time to fix all the leaks around your house. It's also a good idea to make sure that your hose bibs are turned off tightly after each use. Roaches will be attracted to the water that's dripping from your hoses, too.

Remove the Entry Points

Finally, once roaches make it onto your property, they're going to work hard to find a way into your home, including open doors and windows. That also means that they'll be looking for cracks in your doors, or broken weather stripping around your windows. To keep roaches out of your home, be sure to seal off their access points. Apply caulking to cracks in your window frames or door jambs. Install new weather-stripping around your doors and windows.

Don't let roaches destroy the sanctity of your home this summer. Use the tips to help keep them away. If pests become an issue, be sure to contact a pest control company near you.