What is your greatest fear? Some people are terrified of heights. Others faint at the sight of blood. If your greatest fear was of long words then you would have what is called hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia. Our question for you is, what would you be afraid of if you had katsaridaphobia? If you guessed cockroaches, you would be right! If we are being honest, this fear should just be called "logical" because of the threats these pests bring into homes. If you live in San Diego County and are looking for a way to keep harmful cockroaches out of your living areas, here are a few methods and strategies to consider.

Keep Your Living Areas Clean

Roaches thrive in dirty areas. For this reason, it is vital that you keep your home’s living areas as clean as possible. This includes regularly washing off countertops and kitchen tables, wiping down other surfaces around your home, thoroughly cleaning beneath large and small kitchen appliances, vacuuming floors, and cleaning in all difficult-to-reach areas. As a bonus tip, make sure your trash cans have tight-fitting lids in order to keep roaches out of them.

Reduce Clutter

Cockroaches regularly shelter in cluttered areas in and around homes. To make your home less hospitable to these pests, reduce clutter indoors by organizing storage areas and tidying up living areas. For your property, pick up leaf piles, sticks, and other organic debris. It also helps to regularly mow grass and trim other greenery.

Limit Food Sources

Consuming trash and other forgotten food under couches and refrigerators is not the only way cockroaches stay fed. These pests will also snack on food left out on countertops, like bakery items and bread, pet food, and treats found around your property. To limit their access to food, clean out your pet’s food and water bowls before going to bed at night, store leftover foods inside airtight containers, and pick up fruits, berries, and other food that drops into your yard.

Address Moisture Problems

One thing cockroaches need in order to be comfortable is moisture. To address problems that cause moisture build-up inside your home, consider these simple tips.

  • Fix leaky piping.
  • Fix faucets and other water fixtures.
  • Eliminate sources of water build up in and around your home.
  • Make sure your gutters are in good working condition and that they are clean of debris.
  • Wipe down sinks, tubs, and showers before going to bed at night.

Seal Your Home’s Exterior

Cockroach infestations start with a few roaches finding a clever way to get inside. Limit these pests’ access to your living areas by addressing entry points in your home’s exterior. Start by sealing gaps and cracks in your home’s foundation. Follow this up by repairing damage to window/door screens, weatherstripping, and door sweeps. Finish things off by keeping unscreened doors and windows closed.

A Simpler Option To Prevent Cockroaches

If you do not have the time, energy, or desire to prevent cockroaches on your own, we highly recommend letting our professionals help. Nothing handles pest problems better than professional-grade products and highly-trained professionals who know how to apply them properly. At HomeShield Pest Control, we take great care to provide the absolute best quality services for residents around San Diego County. With our ongoing pest prevention measures on your side, you won’t have to worry about roaches inside your living areas ever again. 

Reach out to our team today by phone or online to discuss your options for cockroach control service and find a general pest control plan that will best suit you and your San Diego County home’s needs.