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Sacramento's Total Cockroach Prevention Guide

November 15, 2021 - Cockroaches

Avoiding sickness is difficult, especially with everything going on lately. As people take steps to protect themselves against picking up bacteria when out and about, few have their minds about what illnesses they might contract inside their own homes.

One way people regularly get sick indoors is by interacting with cockroaches and their excrement. What makes things worse is how difficult identifying a cockroach infestation is. In fact, this is why we are here today, to teach you how to identify roaches inside your Sacramento living areas and put in place prevention to keep them out.

Why Cockroaches Are Hard To Identify

Cockroaches are typically not brave insects. We say typically because there is a weird occurrence where certain roaches are born more fearless than their brothers and sisters. That said, there are only two reasons that a cockroach will skitter around inside your home during the day. The first reason is that they are brave, and the second reason is where that cockroach hides is cramped with other roaches.

Three Signs Of A Cockroach Infestation

Apart from seeing a live cockroach inside your Sacramento home, there are three main ways to know these pests are around:

  1. We recommend starting your search by inspecting your home for shed skin. Cockroaches shed several times when developing into adulthood and leave their sheddings under appliances, in the back of pantries, and other secluded areas.
  2. While looking for shed skin, keep your eyes out for grease marks along floorboards. Cockroaches are notorious for crawling through filthy, oily areas and rubbing grease onto the floor of their dragging bellies.
  3. Finally, to identify cockroaches inside your home, look out for their fecal droppings. This sign should be easier to identify if you don't drink coffee as it appears similar to coffee grounds.

The Benefits of A Deep Clean

Cockroaches thrive in unclean environments. For this reason, we highly recommend deep cleaning your home once every season. This includes washing beneath appliances, dusting storage areas, and cleaning other areas you might usually leave alone. To keep things clean and tidy between deep cleans, give your home a good once over once a week, and address food messes and drink spills as they occur.

How To Store Food Properly

When cockroaches look for food, they search over countertops, look for ways into pantry items, and crawl into trash cans. To limit these pests’ access to your food, keeping things airtight is the way to go. Two ways to do this is to invest in pest-proof trash cans and store leftover and opened food into plastic, metal, or glass containers.

Ways To Seal Your Home’s Exterior

One thing you should do to keep roaches out of your home is to eliminate potential entry points. To help you with this, here are five exclusion tips to try today:

  1. Use a caulking gun to fill in gaps, holes, and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation.
  2. Address damage to window and door screens.
  3. Make sure all of your weatherstripping and door sweeps are in good working condition.
  4. Repair damage to your home’s siding.
  5. Shut unscreened windows and doors when they are not in use.

When To Call The Professionals

If you do not have time to handle cockroaches on your own or are trying to get rid of an infestation of these pests, you need to call in the professionals at Defender Termite & Pest Management. We will answer any questions you have about roaches and schedule technicians to head out your way. They will assess your Sacramento home, remove current threats, and implement long-term pest control solutions to keep roaches away in the future. It’s just that easy.

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