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How can I have cockroaches? My house is clean!

kitchen - Maid Services to Kernersville, Greensboro and surrounding areasYou’ve probably heard, as most of us have, that a clean house is a roach free house. While it is true that a clean house will make it more difficult for cockroaches to thrive, it’s not impossible to overlook some of the things that gives cockroaches a free meal.

In this article we will look at some additional places to look for and tactics that you can use to help keep cockroaches from invading your Kernersville NC area home.

How Clean is Clean?

General and thorough cleaning means that you can mop the floors, clean the counters with disinfectant, clean out the stove, wipe down appliances, wash all the dishes and polish the chrome; but that’s not where cockroaches live. Cockroaches don’t thrive on your floors and counters, they generally live in places you don’t normally look.

Cockroaches hide in the walls, inside appliances, in the dark places toward the back of the cabinets, in the gaps between the cabinet in the wall, inside receptacles; basically, anyplace that is dark and quiet where they can breed and grow.

Keeping your home clean still IS your first and best defense to keep cockroaches out however, if you want to make sure that cockroaches stay out of your Kernersville NC area home; you need to take your cleaning to the next level.

Stop Ringing the Dinner Bell

Having a clean Kernersville NC home obviously is a way to help keep cockroaches out, but sometimes you must get a little creative to make sure. Sometimes the hidden areas in your kitchen can be supplying cockroaches with a free dinner that you don’t even realize. For example: the grease and food splatter that goes down the side of your stove can be easily missed in general cleaning; literally ringing the dinner bell for cockroaches.

Spills inside your refrigerator that leak out and underneath can easily be missed in general cleaning; literally ringing the dinner bell. Glass cutting boards on the counters that have a small air gap underneath can trap spills and juices, easily missed by general cleaning; literally ringing the dinner bell for cockroaches.

Taking the extra time to clean these hidden areas that are often missed in general cleaning can help make cockroaches go looking for another place for dinner.


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Stored Food

Dirty dishes - Maid Services to Kernersville, Greensboro and surrounding areasStoring dry foods outside of sealed containers is a virtual invite for cockroaches. Cereal, crackers, teas and chips can produce an aroma that will attract those unwelcome pests. Additionally, even with folded bags and clips there is still an accessible point for them to get in and get a free dinner. It is always best to store all dry foods in sealed containers.

A Little Goes a Long Way

Keeping in mind that a clean home can help keep cockroaches under control however, just a little food and water is enough to keep a whole colony going. Dirty dishes in the sink, unsealed food in the pantry and even water in the drains is enough food to keep cockroaches thriving.

It is recommended to not only make sure everything is tidy before bed, but make sure the dog water bowl is dry, sinks are stopped up and all water sources are eliminated to help prevent the nighttime snack runs made by bugs.

Signs that you Have an Infestation Problem

Cockroaches are by nature nocturnal (they only come out at night) so when you see live cockroaches coming out during the day, you have a bigger problem. Cockroaches generally do not come out during the day unless the colony is large enough that they need to search for food during the day to keep the colony fed. Even if you only see a few during the day, this is still an indication that you’re dealing with a much larger problem.

Additionally, you should look for little black dots which are the droppings (waste) and regurgitated food left behind for the newly hatched cockroaches to feed upon. (Clean these up immediately) If you start seeing this evidence, you should contact a local exterminator quickly to keep the problem from getting even greater.

Commercially Available Sprays

There are a number of commercially available bug sprays that you can get from Walmart, Lowe’s and other home-improvement stores. Depending on the type of cockroach that you are dealing with the sprays make work well however, German cockroaches are not easily killed by these commercially available sprays. Sprays like this simply caused them to take a different path and, in some cases, can push them further into the walls making the problem even worse! If you start to see signs that you have a problem with cockroaches you should consider calling a pest control service to help take care of the situation.

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