Guess who loves a warm, cozy home as much as you do? Cockroaches. (blech!) Cockroaches are cold-blooded creatures that cannot regulate their own body temperature. Because of that, they’ll often seek the warm indoors during the fall and winter months.
Cockroaches are able to survive the cold weather by hiding in walls, cracks, crevices, behind cabinets, behind appliances, and near water sources. Like other pests that invade structures, they’re also in need of food and water – so make sure you aren’t giving them any opportunities! They can carry a wide range of diseases and viruses, and are considered an allergen source and asthma trigger for some people. They really are as filthy as everyone thinks they are.
To maintain a roach-free home, it’s important to create a prevention plan. Here’s how to do it:
1. Don’t give roaches a way in.
Cockroaches can squirm through the smallest of openings. Patch any cracks and crevices in your house, and be sure to seal gaps around pipes with flexible caulk.
2. Keep your home tidy.
Dispose of piled newspapers, empty boxes, unused paper bags and other piles of clutter. This helps eliminate hiding places.
3. Don’t leave food out.
Leftover foods should be stored promptly. Be sure not to leave dirty dishes in the sink and regularly sweep your floors to ensure no crumbs or food debris are left behind. If pets are fed indoors, pet food should be stored in tight containers and not left in bowls overnight. Litter boxes should be cleaned routinely.
4. Eliminate sources of water.
Like humans, water is even more vital to their survival than food. It’s critical to fix leaky pipes and mop up any standing water.
5. Deter and control them safely.
Using food-based ingredients including cottonseed oil and clove oil, Aunt Fannie’s All Purpose Pest Remedy is a great addition to your normal cleaning routine. To establish a protective barrier, spray around windows, doors and baseboards. Spray on surfaces under sinks, in cabinet corners and behind appliances. Spray directly on pests as necessary. Avoid conventional insecticides filled with synthetic and toxic chemicals, which can aggravate and trigger chronic respiratory disorders.