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Cockroaches are annoying little pests that are found nearly everywhere in the world. There are many different species of roaches that enter homes in Texas including: American, German, smokybrown, Oriental, and brown-banded cockroaches. One of the best ways to keep roaches from entering your home is to eliminate things in your home that attract them. Things like food crumbs, leaky pipes, and clutter can all attract roaches and contribute to infestations. Let’s take a closer look at what attracts cockroaches and how to get rid of them.

 

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Food

Cockroaches will eat nearly anything, so you will never be able to eliminate all of their food sources, but getting rid of obvious ones will be helpful. Roaches are particularly attracted to sweets, starches, and greasy foods, so kitchens are always an area to pay attention to. Sweeping and vacuuming regularly are important, as well as storing food properly, washing dishes as soon as possible, and taking out the trash often.

 

Water

Food is essential to life, but cockroaches can go quite a long time without food. Some have even been known to go several months without eating. Water on the other hand, is required much more often. Cockroaches, and many other pests, will congregate in areas that meet this need for water. Warm, humid areas with excess water present are great hiding places for roaches. Some of these areas might be bathrooms, basements, attics, under sinks, near pipes, and in laundry rooms. If you have excess moisture in these areas due to leaky pipes or faucets, it is important to get them fixed as soon as possible. Improper landscaping and clogged gutters may cause this same type of situation outdoors. Remove the excess water, and you will get rid of a major attraction for roaches.

 

Shelter

The last of the three big things needed for survival is shelter. Cockroaches like to hide in dark places that are undisturbed. If your home or rooms within your home are full of clutter, this makes it much easier for roaches to live unnoticed in your house. Solve the problem by decluttering your home. Get rid of piles of paper, clean up storage areas, and clean closets and cupboards. It is also very important to keep roaches from being able to enter your home by sealing up the exterior. Seal cracks, gaps, and holes with caulk or expandable spray foam. You should also check doors and windows to ensure that screens and weatherstripping are present. 

 

Anna, Texas Pest Control

Cockroaches can be frustrating, but hopefully by trying a few of these tips, you will be able to keep them at bay. Professional pest control can also be extremely effective at killing roaches and keeping them away. If you are in need of pest control services in Anna, Texas, Frisco, Texas, Plano, Texas and surrounding areas, contact EcoArmor Pest Control today.