Cold weather can kill cockroaches. So, when the temperature starts dropping the cockroaches start to look for warmer places. This means any opening to your home can create a new home for them. If you see a cockroach in your home during winter, there are some measures that you can take to help with the situation.
Closing the Doorways
The first step to help keep pests out of your home is to seal any openings. Your main focus for entry ways is cracks around windows, doors, foundations and pipes. Once you close up the entrances, you can then begin to determine if any pests have made their way inside and deal with the problems.
Roaches prefer wet and damp areas to live. Therefore, you need to pay more attention to areas of the home that are damp. Their favorite hiding spaces are basements, crawl spaces and areas around pipes.
Removing Water Sources
Cockroaches require water to survive. Look for areas in your home where water can collect. Do not think that any amount of water is too small. This small amount could include droplets in a sink after its use or standing water in a dirty dish.
If you take small steps to remove the water, you reduce the chance of a cockroach’s survival. Some of these steps may include:
- Drying the sinks after use.
- Do not leave dishes sitting in the sink.
- If you have pets, change the water often.
- Check for leaky pipes and repair quickly.
- Check dish strainers for water and empty.
Taking away the water sources will make it hard for the cockroaches to live because water is priority.
Reducing Food Source
Another step to combat cockroaches is to take away the food. The reduction in the food source includes:
- Taking out the trash often.
- Seal all food items in the pantry and cupboards.
- Keep the kitchen clean.
- Vacuum the floors.
- Wipe down the counters and tables after eating.
Pest Control Maintenance Program
To ensure that cockroaches do not enter your home in the winter, contact Advanced Pest & Weed Control for an inspection and to discuss available treatment options for your home.