Keeping Creepy Cockroaches From Invading Your Norfolk Home  

December 16, 2019

Many creatures were built to survive in the cold; thick fur, padded feet, higher blood flow. Other creatures were not built for colder weather. A prime example is cockroaches. It only takes 10 hours in temperatures under 45 degrees, or 1 hour below 14 degrees to kill a cockroach. That's not much time. This drives roaches to seek shelter in homes when the temperatures start to drop. What does that mean for you and your home? Let’s find out together.

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Are Cockroaches Only Gross To Look At?

If you have ever seen a cockroach, you know they aren’t the most appealing of creatures. Their smooth, hard bodies, antenna, and multiple crooked legs make them look like they are crawling straight out of a horror movie. 
 
The question is, is a cockroaches scary appearance the only thing you have to worry about? No, it is not. Beyond being creepy, cockroaches are a danger to humans and animals. When cockroaches share food with you or your pets, they can leave behind tiny microbes and fecal matter that can contain dangerous diseases. Some of the most common diseases cockroaches have been known to spread include salmonellosis, typhoid fever, gastroenteritis, dysentery, leprosy,  cholera, and plague. 
 
Cockroaches also shed their skin in a process called molting. Skin particulates as a result of this can spread throughout homes, triggering asthma attacks and allergic reactions in some individuals.

How To Make Your Home Less Attractive To Cockroaches

It can be very difficult to keep cockroaches out of your home, but there are many things you can do to deter them from coming inside. Here are our top suggestions to do this.

  • Check the exterior of your home for any damage that could allow cockroaches to get inside, and have them repaired. Smaller gaps and cracks in your foundation can be sealed without professional help, using a caulking gun.
  • Clean, clean, and clean some more. Your home could not be too clean when it comes to cockroaches.
  • Due to their strange dietary habits, even scraps of paper, glue, hair, or human saliva can be a meal if found on the floor.
  • Pick up your pet’s food and water bowls before going to bed. When cockroaches come out to look for food, you don’t want them finding a full course meal in what your pet has left behind.
  • Don’t leave food out. After a meal, store leftover food inside plastic containers. This will prevent cockroaches from sharing meals with you and will greatly reduce your chances of getting sick.
  • Make sure your trashcans have tight-fitting lids. This will stop cockroaches from dumpster diving for a late-night snack.
  • Reduce clutter throughout your home. This will, in turn, reduce the number of places cockroaches are able to hide. Keep in mind that cockroaches like areas where their backs and bellies can be touching surfaces at the same time.
  • Fix leaks around your home and make sure your gutters are in good working order. Also, consider installing dehumidifiers in particularly humid areas around your home.

What To Do If Cockroaches Invade

Despite the many deterrents listed above, there is still a good chance that cockroaches will try to enter your Norfolk home this winter to get away from the cold. If this is the case for you, the professionals here at Hometown Pest Control are here to help. We are fully licensed and insured, and we have the pest solutions you need to handle your cockroach problems. No extra hassle, no wasted money, just results you can count on.
 
Give us a call today to learn more about our pest control programs or to schedule a service visit for your Norfolk property.

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