Cockroaches are nocturnal, which means they may be keeping you company at night and you don’t even know it. They’re most common in apartments shared by multiple people, or in kitchens where cleanliness and sanitary practices have taken a back seat. If you’re a home, apartment or restaurant owner, nothing strikes fear into your heart like spotting those little black, hard-shelled bugs darting under your fridge when you hit the lights.
These dirty pests carry and transmit disease, so you should always call a pest control technician in Nashville at the first sighting. This is not a DIY pest removal situation! Cockroaches are notorious for being tough to kill. In fact, cockroaches can survive high atom-bomb radiation and were even found crawling around just 1,000 feet from where the Hiroshima atom bomb was dropped. This should tell you everything you need to know.
Cockroaches pose a threat to the health and safety of all occupants. Their droppings can trigger allergies and increase asthma symptoms, especially in kids. But that’s not the worst of it. These nasty critters transmit disease and spread 33 forms of bacteria, six parasitic worms and seven human pathogens.
Keeping Roaches at Bay in Nashville
Here are some tips from keeping them out of your Nashville home, business or apartment.
Seal All Entrances
Cockroaches enter homes through cracks and crevices in windows, doors, and foundations. Use weatherstripping and caulk to seal gaps, and be sure to replace screens with holes.
Properly Dispose of Food Scraps and Crumbs
Leaving food scraps and crumbs on countertops and floors is the quickest way to invite these unwanted pests into your home. Clean your floors every day, and wipe your countertops down after every meal and snack. Eat only in designated areas such as kitchens and dining rooms.
Clean up Spills
The kitchen is where you have to focus your prevention efforts. Wipe up spills immediately, making sure to move appliances if liquid has spilled underneath. Remove garbage every day and properly dispose of it. Store foods in a sealed container. Wash dishes throughout the day and don’t leave any dirty ones in the sink – especially overnight.
Cockroaches are determined little critters and will chew through cardboard and plastic to get at food sources. Transfer all open boxes of food to solid, sealed containers, such as cereals, crackers and cookies.
Keep Moist Areas Dry
Leaky pipes and dripping faucets attract roaches. Check behind toilets, under sinks, and in your basements for any areas of wetness or moisture. Dry them, and make sure to fix the source, such as leaking pipes. Use a dehumidifier in the basement.
Contact PureGuard Pest Control
If you have tried all these suggestions to no avail, don’t let it go on without treatment. The infestation and possibility of disease will only get worse. To get a free quote on cockraoch treatment from our Nashville cockroach exterminator and control experts, contact us at 615-502-2855.