How To Get Rid Of Roaches On Your Naples, FL Property
Those of us in Naples, FL, aren’t the only ones who have to deal with cockroaches. These creepy crawlies are a staple pest the world over. Just about every home or business owner will have to deal with roaches at some point.
Roaches are common globally because they’re just so formidable. Infamous for their ability to withstand everything from decapitation to nuclear radiation, cockroaches are tough enough to make getting rid of them a nearly impossible job. That’s why your first line of defense against these indestructible little devils should always be prevention.
What Attracts Roaches?
Cockroaches need three basic things: food, moisture, and shelter. When it comes to food, they’re not picky. They’ll root through your garbage. They’ll devour your compost. They’ll consume anything they can get a hold of in your pantry. They’ll lick your pets’ food bowls and the dishes in your sink. They’re not even above snacking on the dog poop in your yard or the cat poop in your litter box.
Roaches also need lots of moisture, which is why you’ll see them congregating in damp places like basements, crawlspaces, bathrooms. Roaches will take advantage of plumbing issues like leaky pipes or clogged drainage. They’ll also get in your pets’ drinking bowls if they’re shallow enough.
Finally, roaches need shelter. This may be the biggest attractant for roaches in colder areas where they might not be able to get through the frigid winter without climate control. We don’t have that issue here in Florida, but our homes still provide shelter from floods, inclement weather, and predators.
How Can I Prevent Roaches?
Everyone knows cockroaches are gross, but many people don’t realize how really gross they are. Roaches feed on everything from garbage to sewage to carrion. And when they get done eating that bloated roadkill on the side of the highway, they bring all the germs they picked up with them onto your shiny kitchen countertops. Roaches spread dozens of dangerous illnesses this way – everything from typhoid fever to salmonella and even antiquated pathogens like leprosy and plague. This is why preventing them is so vital to keeping your home clean and safe.
Preventing roaches doesn’t have to take much effort. You need the right strategy. To keep cockroaches out, you need to make it physically more challenging for them to get in. More importantly, you need to reduce the reasons they want to get in. Making food and water inaccessible to roaches will encourage them to move on to easier pickings:
Seal all cracks and holes in your home’s exterior and foundation.
Ensure screens on windows and doors are free of rips and tears.
Install weather stripping in door sweeps and anywhere there are gaps between a window or door and its frame.
Store all pantry foods (including pet foods) in airtight containers.
Clean up all dishes (including pet dishes) immediately after meals.
Cover all indoor and outdoor garbage and compost with tight-fitting lids.
Fix leaky pipes and clogged drainage problems.
Use dehumidifiers to dry out wet areas like crawlspaces and bathrooms.
What Can I Do If I Have Roaches?
If you realize you have a roach problem, you might be tempted to try and solve it on your own. However, this seldom works with roaches. Things like baits, traps, and over-the-counter (OTC) bombs usually don’t do much more than temporarily reduce roach populations. Unfortunately, roaches breed so fast that they can quickly bounce back from do-it-yourself (DIY) treatments.
However, here at Keller’s Pest Control, they can’t bounce back from our state-of-the-art treatment options, meaning we can eliminate your roach problem instead of just shrinking it. So give us a call or visit our contact page to get started today on our effective home pest control and commercial pest control services.