Keep Roaches Out Of Your Kitchen And Pantry This Summer

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When it comes to cockroaches, most people find them unpleasant. The truth is that cockroaches can be dangerous, as well. They are known to spread dozens of kinds of bacteria, including salmonella and E. coli, as well as parasitic worms.
 
The presence of cockroaches in your home can also endanger family members who have allergies or asthma. These insects carry hundreds of allergens that can trigger allergies and asthmatic reactions that may endanger your loved ones.
 
Cockroaches are associated with disease because of the kinds of things that attract them, including rotting food. Cockroaches crawl through garbage, over feces, and through dirt. There’s no way you want them in your home!

Unfortunately, the fact that you don’t want cockroaches in your home doesn’t matter to cockroaches. As many Tennessee homeowners know, cockroaches are attracted to our homes, and often they are most attracted to the places where you want them least, including your kitchen and pantry.

 What They Are Looking For

Cockroaches come into your house looking to satisfy a few basic needs, namely food, and water. And they are most likely to find those things in your kitchen and pantry.
 
There are some steps you can take to reduce the availability of food and water for cockroaches, which may make your home less attractive to them:

  • Keep your trash in a sealed container and make sure the container is clean. Wash out any spills that could be putting off the odor of rotting food, which is a smell that attracts cockroaches.
  • Take up the pet food bowls after your pets have finished eating. Even a small bit of food left in a bowl can attract cockroaches.
  • Clean counters and floors regularly to get rid of any bits of food the insects could feast on.
  • Don’t leave overripe food in fruit bowls or on your counters because they can emit that rotting smell that cockroaches like.

Other Steps You Can Take

Like all living creatures, cockroaches need water, so take steps to limit the water they may find around your home. Repair leaky faucets both inside and outside your home.

  • Around the exterior of your home, check to see if your gutters are leaking and creating puddles that could attract insects.
  • Seal up any holes on your home's exterior that would allow insects to enter. Places to check include the foundation, seals around windows and doors, and gaps around plumbing pipes or wiring that enters your house.

 Call in the Professionals

Cockroaches are resilient creatures, and DIY products are typically ineffective against them. That’s why we suggest you call HTP Termite and Pest Control if you have seen any signs of cockroaches in your home.

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