Cockroaches are nasty creatures and they’re known for being indestructible. Once they hit, they’re incredibly hard to get rid of. You could try starving them out — but they can live for a month without food. You could try flushing them down the drain — but they can hold their breath for 40 minutes. You can try stomping on their skulls — but a cockroach can even go on living without a head (for a week or so, until it dies of thirst from lack of water).
Thankfully, cockroaches are not as common in the Pacific Northwest as they are in some other areas of the country, but you might be surprised by how often Eugene pest control companies have to take on the call for roach extermination, especially in restaurants or food storage facilities. If just a few find their way into your home, it could spell real trouble.
The best method of natural pest control is simple prevention. Follow these tips to keep your house roach-free.
- Keep surface areas clear of food. Keeping surfaces free of food is easier said than done, as even a small trace of food — drips from a blender, for example, or crumbs beneath the toaster — can invite a roach feast. Make sure all surfaces, including countertops, cabinets, and stove tops, are as clean as can be every evening before you go to bed.
- Get rid of leaks or spills. Cockroaches like water, too, and they’ll gather around a dripping faucet or a basement puddle like elephants around the watering hole. Wipe sinks and faucets dry after every use.
- Stop them from getting inside. Make sure any and all cracks on the inside and outside of your home are sealed. You can also talk with a local pest control company about preventative insecticide or sprays to ward off unwelcome visitors right from the start.
Don’t wait until it’s too late to stop roaches from disturbing the peace of your castle. If you notice even a few here or there, call in pest control services right away to stem the flow before it gets out of hand. No one likes a cockroach infestation, but with a little bit of elbow grease, you can stop one before it even starts.