How To Get Rid Of Cockroaches In Your Denver Home For Good

American Cockroach on a table

Roaches are difficult pests to remove from your home. They are strong insects that have developed a tolerance to a wide range of chemicals, including many man-made insecticides. If this isn't enough, a roach can live a week without its head, it can stay submerged underwater for up to forty minutes, and it can live a month without food! The best solution for cockroaches is not one method or product; it is a combination of methods and products. If you want to get rid of cockroaches once and for all, the best way to do it is with pest control services in Denver.

Alter The Habitat Around Your Home

Before roaches get into your Denver home, they explore the exterior of your home. If you have conditions around your home that invite roach activity, you're going to have more trouble with roaches. Use these tips to make your exterior more resistant.

  • Remove leaves, sticks, and stacked wood.
  • Clean your gutters and make repairs to your gutter system.
  • Make sure all trash is contained.
  • Pick up any cardboard that is lying on the ground.
  • If you have a dog, stay on top of waste cleanup.  

Seal Your Exterior Foundation And Walls

Cockroaches are drawn to tight spaces. If they explore your exterior and find a small crack, gap, or hole, they're likely to take a look inside. While it is impossible to entirely seal cockroaches out of your home, it is worth the effort to try.

  • Check your exterior doors thoroughly: There are many ways roaches can get past your doors. They can slip underneath if your door sweeps aren't working properly. They can squeeze through gaps in your weatherstripping if you don't have a good seal. They can squeeze through gaps around your frames. They can get in through holes created by carpenter ants, mice, rats, and other pests.
  • Check your utilities: A common entry point for cockroaches is through gaps around water mains, wires, wire conduits, and other foundation penetrations. A foundation penetration is anything that penetrates your foundation. Make sure everything has a good seal around it.
  • Check windows: If you have damaged screens, cracked windowpanes, and rotting wood frames, these can work together to allow roaches to get into your home through your windows.

Alter The Habitat Inside Your Home

Some species of cockroach won't last long inside your home. The key factor that dries them out is a lack of moisture or humidity. But there are a few pest roaches that can tolerate dry conditions. So, while it is important to address leaks and to vent moisture from humid spaces, the more important task is to remove food options. These actually come together with the first food source on our list.

  • Cockroaches can live on paper and cardboard, but they prefer these to be damp: If you have cardboard boxes in a damp storage room, you can invite roaches to multiply like crazy off of this food source.
  • Cockroaches eat the food you eat: Consider storing food in sealed containers and be sure to never leave food out on the counter without covering it.
  • Cockroaches eat the food you eat long after you would ever think about eating it: Things that are rotting in your garbage are actually a preferred food source. Things that are rotting in your drains need to be addressed. And potatoes that start sprouting are very enticing to a cockroach.
  • Cockroaches eat oils: If you have oils or grime on the sides of your oven, roaches will be in heaven. Deep cleaning is essential for cockroach management.
  • Cockroaches eat hair and dead skin cells: Be sure to keep your bathroom as clean as possible.
  • Cockroaches eat feces: If you have a cat box, make sure "things" are being covered properly. 

Target Those Insects

When, or if, it becomes time to apply targeted control for cockroaches, the effort you have put in will not be in vain. Targeted control is far more effective if you've taken the steps given so far. You'll limit cockroach activity, population growth, and the spread of cockroach-related diseases. Plus, you'll make it easier to detect roach activity when a cockroach control strategy is implemented. We recommend having a licensed pest professional handle targeted control because cockroaches are so resistant to conventional treatments. A professional draws upon methods developed by industry experts, and will apply a range of products to achieve the best results.

Do You Live In Denver?

If so, you're in our service area. Contact Beeline Pest Control for targeted cockroach control or for ongoing home pest control services that provides coverage for cockroaches. We'll guide you toward selecting the right plan for your home, and for your budget. Investing in pest control is one of the best things you can do for your health and for the health of your home. Reach out to us today for assistance.

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