Wilmington Homeowner's Comprehensive Guide To Cockroach Prevention

Cockroaches crawling on food

Wilmington Homeowner's Comprehensive Guide To Cockroach Prevention


Have you ever looked at a cockroach inside your home and thought to yourself, “Why?” You wouldn’t be the first. People everywhere are wondering how cockroaches keep finding their way into their homes. Do they know about some secret entrance no one else knows about? Could they be using some form of disguise to slip in without people knowing? Maybe a more crazy thought would be that they have some form of magical ability that humans cannot understand. Today we will be unraveling the mystery of the cockroach, along with giving you some comprehensive tips to keep them out of your Wilmington home.

What Are Cockroaches?

Cockroaches are flat oval-shaped durable insects commonly found inside homes around dark and humid areas. They are able to squish their bodies between tight cracks and are most comfortable when their backs and bellies are both touching a surface. Some popular places cockroaches like to hide include beneath large appliances, inside larger cracks, around basements, and between storage boxes.
As dangerous pests go, cockroaches are pretty high on the list of threats. They are able to carry six different parasites, seven dangerous human pathogens, and thirty-three unique bacterias. Cockroaches are a huge risk to the residents of the homes they invade. Just a few of the common diseases cockroaches have been known to spread include Salmonellosis, Typhoid, Poliomyelitis, and Dysentery. If all of this wasn’t enough, cockroaches can trigger asthma attacks and allergic reactions with the skin they shed during development.

How You Can Reduce Factors That Attract Cockroaches

Cockroaches love filthy homes, mostly because they provide ample opportunities for them to find food. To reduce your home’s chances of a cockroach infestation, the first thing you want to do is complete a thorough deep clean. While doing this, do not forget to clean areas where cockroaches like to hide such as beneath heavy appliances and inside storage closets. 
In addition to keeping your home clean, here are some other ways you can keep cockroaches out of your home.

  • Identify gaps, cracks, and openings in your home’s exterior that cockroaches could use to get inside then seal them off using a caulking gun.
  • If your exterior doors do not already have door sweeps have some installed.
  • Repair or replace torn or damaged window/door screens around your home.
  • Install screens over vents leading out of your home.
  • Check and make sure weather stripping around your home is in good condition.
  • Address leaks around your home and make sure your gutters are in good working order.
  • Store leftover foods inside airtight containers.
  • Before going to sleep at night pick up and clean out pet food and water bowls.

The fewer entry points and less access cockroaches have to food inside your home, the less likely you will be to have a problem with them.

Your Best Option To Keep Out Cockroaches

If you are currently dealing with cockroaches inside your home or looking for an easier and more reliable way to keep unwanted roach guests out, we have options for you here at Jay Taylor Exterminating. Our experts have the tools and equipment needed to remove and keep out any pests from your Wilmington property. All you have to do is find the plan that works best for you and your home. To do this, give us a call today. One of our friendly service representatives would be happy to talk you through your pest control options to find the best choice to meet your needs. 
Don’t wait for cockroaches to cause trouble around your home. Trust Jay Taylor today. We have your best interest in mind.