Whether you own a residential property or a commercial property, cockroaches can be a serious issue when they get in. Though their presence won't hurt your property, they are linked to the spread of many human pathogens, and they are mechanical vectors for illnesses that result from exposure to harmful bacteria, such as dysentery and listeria. In fact, they are connected with the viruses and bacteria that cause the most illnesses, hospitalizations, and deaths in the United States. Let's take a look at how these insects get into Massachusetts homes and businesses and, more importantly, some of the ways to keep them out.
How Roaches Invade
If you have cracks in your foundation walls, roaches will know it. These insects are most likely to attack a home from a low spot because they are moisture pests, which prefer being near moist soil. Some of the places cockroaches will target are the gaps around plumbing pipes and wire conduit, holes in window frames, and loose mortar.
If you have a garage, you will have a hard time keeping cockroaches out. A cockroach can compact its body to exploit a gap at the bottom of your garage door or in the corners. When they do, they'll start exploring your garage for holes, gaps, and other entry points that will bring them into ceiling voids and wall voids. From there, your living spaces are easily accessible.
When wood-destroying pests, such as termites and carpenter ants, chew on a home, they can create holes for other insects, such as cockroaches, to get inside. Since termites, carpenter ants, and cockroaches share a love for moist wood, it is common to find that roaches have gotten into a home that has been damaged by a wood-destroying pest.
Most cockroaches are incredible climbers. Some are even able to run across a ceiling at full speed. If you have sliding glass doors, these insects will quickly find spots where damaged bristles allow them to enter. They'll also climb through a damaged screen or an open vent. When searching for possible entry points, it is important to examine your home closely.
How To Keep Roaches Out
You might think the first step to keeping roaches out would be to seal all the holes, gaps, and cracks in your exterior walls and foundation. This is certainly important, but your first step should be to make your foundation perimeter less interesting to cockroaches because the fewer roaches you have exploring your outside walls, the less likely you will have roaches getting inside.
When cockroaches come into your yard, don't let them find moist, shaded locations. Trim tree branches to allow the sunlight to dry your foundation perimeter. Reduce plants in your landscaping to give space in between. Don't allow weeds to grow up next to your home. Rake leaves as often as you can. And address any conditions that allow rainwater to collect into pools near your home.
Once you've dealt with the shade and moisture, you'll want to make sure your home doesn't have food sources near it. Be sure to put trash in plastic bags to seal the smells in as much as possible. Put your trash bags in receptacles with tight-fitting lids. And keep your trash receptacles clean. Refrain from putting pet food in a dish outside. Keep compost away from your home. Keep wood piles away from your home. And keep human foods, plates and cups picked up if you eat outside.
Once you've made your home less attractive, take some time to seal all those entry point areas we talked about. Sanitation and exclusion are keys to keeping cockroaches out. These alone can keep your home or business cockroach free--but sometimes more is required. This is when property owners turn to DIY products. But DIY products and methods usually fall short and end in frustration. It is better to leave pest protocols to the professionals. It is dangerous when cockroaches get into man-made structures and get into kitchens and pantries.
If you're dealing with cockroaches in Massachusetts, reach out to American Pest Solutions for a free evaluation of your property. When it comes to keeping pests out, you can trust the licensed and certified pest professionals at American Pest Solutions.