There are many cockroach species, so when you live in a large city like Los Angeles, you are sure to meet a few. To keep your home free of these insects, it is essential to hire a professional pest control company. These experts inspect for problems and treat infestations so that you home remains cockroach-free.
Three Places Roaches are Often Found
- Baseboards and Trim. Wood baseboards and crown molding are wonderful dark and tight hiding places for cockroaches. If you have an infestation, you may notice these insects crawl at night and disappear when the light shines. You should check all places where molding and trim join with the walls and floor. To keep these bugs away, it is important to seal all cracks.
- Kitchens. Kitchens are roach havens that are filled with food and have warm spots, especially stove pilot lights and refrigerator coils. Thanks to the dark conditions, cabinets make great hiding spaces as well. To eliminate the problem, it is essential to cover all food, clean all crumbs, and block all gaps in your floor or cabinetry.
- Bathrooms. Roaches love moisture, which is common in bathrooms. Also, these rooms have plenty of paper for chewing. The pests often enter through pipes and hide in sinks, bathtubs, and toilets.
How to Prevent Cockroach Infestations
After getting rid of an infestation, it is vital to take measures so that it does not return. The best way to prevent future problems is by keeping your home clean. You must sweep or vacuum after each meal and seal all your food in plastic containers. Trash cans must be lidded as well.
All cracks must be filled with caulk so that all hiding spaces are eliminated. Also, standing water must be removed. California’s humid conditions often attract cockroaches. If your home is overly damp, using a dehumidifier may be helpful to prevent problems. Make sure to fix leaky pipes and place traps under your sinks.
Damages Roaches Cause
Since roaches are known to transmit diseases, having them in your home can make you sick. Bacteria and viruses are carried on cockroaches’ bodies. As these insects walk on your food, dangerous items are left behind.
Many people have allergic reactions from roaches as well. Their byproducts cause breathing difficulties and raise the chances of suffering from asthma attacks.
Cockroaches cause feeding damage around the home. They chew starchy items, so books and similar items may be destroyed. Their fecal matter can stain your furniture and carpeting as well.
If you suspect a cockroach infestation, contact Pest Solutions SoCal. We provide services to residents in Los Angeles and North Orange Counties. Thanks to our green offerings, you gain peace of mind your children and pets remain safe during treatment. To receive a free estimate, call us at 888-904-8897.