Four Quick Tips To Help Keep Cockroaches Out Of Your Colorado Springs Home

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If you don’t know already, cockroaches should be at the top of your list when it comes to receiving pest control services. There are several reasons for this. One, they are unpleasant. No Colorado Springs resident would want bugs crawling or flying around. Two, they’re pervasive; they rapidly reproduce. Three, they’re capable of spreading disease.

What Are Cockroaches

Cockroaches have flat bodies and range in size depending on the species. They have long, thread-like antennae attached to their head that is bent downward with mouthparts that point backward. Their bodies are often oily to the touch.

Cockroaches have bodily germs that multiply as they forage through filth and trash. This means they can contaminate your food and surfaces when they come in contact with it. If these critters are inside your home or business, you and others could contract dangerous illnesses. Asthmatic or allergic reactions could also be triggered. Here are four key tips to keeping roaches out, including information on assistance from Beeline Pest Control.

Tip #1: Improve Your Property’s Structure

There probably isn’t a hole small enough to block a cockroach’s entrance. That said, examine your walls, foundations, rooflines, and utility lines. If you spot a crack, seal it. You can try using caulk. Also, check around your doors and window spaces. Adding sweeps to exterior doors can be helpful. Most roaches are attracted to moisture and flourish in humidity, so address any relevant issues accordingly. For instance, have plumbing leaks repaired and use a dehumidifier.

Tip #2: Get to Cleaning Up

Don’t procrastinate with your chores, especially in the kitchen. Leaving dirty dishes in the sink, neglecting crumbs, or letting a spill set is essentially providing a meal for cockroaches. These critters don’t need to eat much to survive. Be sure to store food and garbage in containers with tight lids. Further, take out your trash regularly. Vacuum, and declutter your space.

Indoor cockroaches are known to inhabit electronics, furniture, bags, and boxes. Inspect such items before pulling them inside, particularly if you got them second-hand.

Tip #3: Don’t Neglect Your Landscaping

Many cockroaches will surround organic matter, whether they’re classified as outdoor bugs or not. Wood, plants, and leaves provide ideal nesting or feeding sources. Cockroaches love to nestle in mulch, flowerbeds, trees, and logs. Considering this, you’ll need to frequently trim your yard. Groom and spruce up your greenery, and place it at a distance from your property. Debris and decaying organisms should be removed from the lawn.

Tip #4: Don’t Try Extermination Yourself; Contact Beeline Pest Control

When people take the “do it yourself” route to tackle cockroaches, they usually rely on insecticides, chemical mixtures, and/or “natural” methods. Here’s why those three things typically don’t work:

  • Commercial insecticides: The majority of these are designed for killing individual roaches, and won’t affect an infestation. 

  • Mixtures: Combining substances can lead to the creation of hazardous effects and gases.

  • Natural remedies: It’s not true that lemon, coffee grounds, bay leaves, and the like will eliminate roaches.

Beeline Pest Control will help keep your property cockroach-free. We have the tools and experience to rid cockroaches from your Colorado Springs home once and for all. Whether you're worried about cockroaches or other unwanted pests, our experts have the answers you need. Reach out to us today to learn more about our one-time and recurring pest control options! 

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