A Cockroach Prevention Handbook For Norfolk Homeowners

February 17, 2020

Cockroaches are more than just creepy-looking pests that invade your counter space when you forget to wipe it down. These pests are incredibly dangerous and can quickly take over a home if you aren't careful. It's important to understand the conditions that lead to a cockroach infestation, how to identify them, and how to get rid of them. Use this guide to help you learn everything you need to know about cockroaches.

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What Do Cockroaches Look Like?

Cockroaches have varying appearances depending on their species, but in general, they all have an oval-shaped body with six legs covered in spines. Their antennae, situated at the front of their body, is either the same length as their body or longer. The two species common to Norfolk are the American cockroach and the German cockroach. The American roach has a yellow figure-8 marking on the back of its head, and the German roach has two black stripes.

How Cockroaches Get Inside Your Home

Cockroaches tend to invade homes under a few conditions, the most important being the presence of moisture. Roaches can only live for two weeks without water, so any area that provides moisture regularly attracts them. They also need access to a steady food source. Typically, the filthier an area is, the more likely they are to infest it. That's why you'll often spot roaches in kitchens, which can meet all three of these requirements.
 
Roaches will usually slip in through cracks, underneath doors, and through windows. They may also be carried indoors inside boxes, on plants that are brought in from outside, and inside used furniture. Once indoors, where they set up camp depends on their species. American cockroaches will go for bathrooms, basements, and kitchens while German roaches will hide behind appliances, in pantries, and laundry rooms.

Cockroach Prevention In Norfolk

There are a few different steps you can take to make sure that cockroaches won't cause problems inside your Norfolk home. Use the following cockroach prevention tips to keep these pests out.

  • Keep your house clean. Wiping down counters, regularly taking out the trash, and vacuuming often will remove filth that could potentially attract roaches. Make sure to clean behind appliances as well.

  • Put weather stripping around windows and doors and seal any openings, including any points where pipes and wires enter the building. Seal any cracks and holes immediately, and eliminate any other possible entry points that cockroaches can use.

  • Store food properly and in airtight containers. Put food away in the fridge instead of leaving it out on the table or counter.

  • Reduce moisture by installing dehumidifiers and fixing leaks. Remember to clean out your gutters regularly. Water build-up can attract roaches.

  • Before bringing boxes that were outside for a long time or used furniture into your home, inspect them thoroughly to make sure that no roaches are hiding inside them.

  • Keep your floors clear of objects. Roaches tend to hide and stay out of sight, and objects on the floor give them the perfect hiding spots.

You might think you can handle a roach infestation on your own using DIY products – don't. These over-the-counter options usually don't work because cockroaches have a high resistance to chemical solutions. Additionally, even when they do work, they rarely kill the source of an infestation. Contact HomeTown Pest Control instead. Whether you need one-time or ongoing pest control, we can provide what you need, tailored to your situation, and always comprehensive. Trust us with your pest control, and reach out to us today to stop your roach problem!

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