Roaches can be difficult and expensive to get rid of. Wouldn't it be wonderful if you took preventative measures to keep roaches out of your house permanently? Sure, it would be.
We did some research and discovered seven easy steps that will prevent roaches and other bugs from entering your home. Again, EASY steps, so you wouldn’t have a hard time doing them.
Fill in roaches' entry points.
The smallest openings and flaws allow cockroaches to infiltrate dwellings from the outside. They can easily enter your home through cracks and openings in the walls, foundation, windows, and doors.
Roaches cannot chew through silicone caulk. So, secure them. Caulk these cracks with a high-quality sealer, such as a silicone-based sealant. Keep in mind that roaches can squeeze through openings that are smaller than their breadth. For instance, the American cockroach, the most prevalent insect that infests dwellings, is 13 mm tall and can fit through openings as small as 3 mm!
Control moisture in your home.
Most roach species are moisture-seeking insects. They adore hiding and building their nests close to water sources. Cockroaches prefer to hide in areas with water usage (such as the kitchen, bathroom, and laundry room). That being said – fix your leaking pipes! When surrounding walls are harmed by the moisture from leaking pipes, cracks start to form and roaches use these crevices as their preferred hiding places and nest-building sites.
Don't forget to also clear your home's clogged drains. Roaches love to devour the detritus that clogs drains. Fix your plumbing concerns, and it will lessen the moisture in your home – making it less appealing to roaches.
Keep your kitchen clean!
Your kitchen provides food for bugs like ants and cockroaches that thrive and reproduce inside human habitations. Additionally, roaches will find refuge in your kitchen if it is messy and badly maintained.
Therefore, maintain your kitchen tidy to keep roaches out of your house. Do not leave used dishes and soiled utensils on your kitchen sink overnight. There shouldn't be any spilled food in the areas where you store your food, such as the kitchen pantry, cabinets, or drawers. Cleaning up your kitchen and pantry will keep roaches from having access to the food they need to survive.
Keep food in airtight containers.
Maintaining a tidy kitchen won't help much if you don't have adequate food storage. Bad food storage involves not keeping your food in robust, sealed jars and containers. Thin plastic jars are readily chewed through by roaches and other pantry pests, contaminating your food. Additionally, inadequate lids on the food storage jars will result in spills, which will draw vermin like ants.
So, to store your food, use airtight jars and containers. Also, make sure your food in storage doesn't go bad as the “fragrance” of spoiled, old food attracts these roaches easily.
Remove cardboard boxes from your home and lessen clutter there.
Do you know that cardboard boxes attract bugs like roaches and spiders in places like the attic, basement, storage room, garage, and even your bedroom?
Remove any unnecessary cardboard boxes from your home and minimize clutter. Roaches can hide during the day in your home's little crevices and corners thanks to clutter. Because they are nocturnal, roaches spend the majority of their time foraging at night. Throw away any outdated books and publications that you don't need. Roaches and other insects that consume books and papers are drawn to the starch in the paper and the glue on book bindings.
Use scents that roaches really hate!
An underrated yet incredibly powerful method of deterring cockroaches from entering your home is to use fragrances that they detest. Cinnamon and peppermint are the most efficient. These have a potent scent that keeps roaches and other pests away. Use peppermint spray throughout your house, but particularly in the kitchen. Additionally, keep a few cinnamon sticks in your pantry shelves and kitchen cabinets where you store food.
In summary, roaches enter dwellings in search of food and refuge. With this guide, you'd be able to figure out how to refuse them from entering your home, and you even can complete these tasks without any specialized knowledge or expertise as a pest controller!