In the same way that ants come inside homes to seek out food, so too do roaches. The American cockroach, which is the most common type of roach found in the country, can come through cracks in a home's foundation, through holes and cracks in the walls and even up through the drains in your bathroom or kitchen. Even if your house is spotless and you clean regularly every week, roaches may still move from neighboring homes to your home. Here are some tips.
Like other types of insects, roaches can slightly flatten their bodies to move through cracks that you hardly notice. When you find roaches living in your home, you must locate any cracks in your walls, floors, attic, basement and foundation. Filling those cracks with caulk will keep those roaches coming through. When they can't find an access point, the bugs will move on to the next house.
If you look inside the cabinets underneath your sink, you might find that the plumber left behind holes or gaps in the wall behind the pipes. These holes and gaps are practically a welcome sign for roaches. Metal hardware cloth goes a long way towards blocking the bugs' access through these spaces. This is a type of wire mesh screen that you can install with just a few nails or screws. If you live in an apartment or a townhouse and share walls with a neighbor, use metal hardware cloth to cover any holes in those shared walls. You can cut the mesh to the exact size needed and then cover the wall with putty to make it blend with the surrounding wall.
Cover Your Drains
Roaches will often come inside homes because the bugs need water, but they can follow that water source all the way up through your pipe and come out in your drain. Drain screens are small metal pieces that fit over the top of your drain. A screen at the very top collects and other debris to keep the pipes from clogging, but that screen also prevents roaches from coming through.
If you’d professional assistance in controlling your cockroaches, contact Clegg’s Pest Control. Or you can call on the phone at 888-672-5344 for a complete evaluation of your home or business.
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