It’s easy to ignore the problems in our lives when it seems like we have more important things to do. When you notice a roach in your home, for instance, it can be easy to just squash it and move on with your day. But there may be a lot more to roach problems than you realize.
Hazards To Your Clean And Healthy Home
There are three kinds of cockroaches that typically invade Ontario homes: German cockroaches, American cockroaches, and Oriental cockroaches. The American and the Oriental cockroach are both large and dark brown/red. Measuring from 1 to 1 1/2 inches long, these creatures can paint a scary looking picture in your home, especially when you factor in their hard outer shells that they have in common. This shell is usually shiny for American cockroaches and matte for Oriental cockroaches, which is how you can tell them apart.
German cockroaches, on the other hand, are much smaller. These light brown pests only measure about 1/2 an inch long at the most, so they can gain access to a lot of places that larger roaches can’t, including your stored foods.
All three of these roaches will invade your home in search of food, whether it’s left out or it’s stored properly. Unfortunately, since they spend their lives searching through highly contaminated areas in search of food (places such as sewers, dumpsters, and landfills), they can carry dangerous bacteria into your house. As they’re searching for food, they can then spread these bacteria onto your meal-preparation and eating areas, exposing you to dangerous diseases like salmonella, E. Coli, and more.
On top of bacteria concerns, roach pathogens can cause allergic reactions in both adults and children. In severe infestations, this pathogen can begin to turn your walls yellow.
Four Simple Ways To Avoid Roach Problems
Along with being a health concern, roaches are incredibly difficult to get rid of. They’re afraid of humans and any source of light, so you might only see one or two roaches even though you have a severe infestation. They’re also very flexible, even the larger ones are able to squeeze through very small cracks.
Fortunately, you can reduce roach attraction and accessibility, which can give you a fighting chance at avoiding an infestation. Here are four ways to avoid roaches in Ontario:
- Cleaning regularly: since roaches can live on just mere crumbs, it’s very important to clean your eating surfaces and vacuum/mop the floors regularly. Don’t forget about the low-traffic areas like behind kitchen appliances.
- Moisture control: roaches are attracted to damp environments, so controlling moisture issues can reduce their attraction to your property. Use a dehumidifier or fan in poorly ventilated areas, and check under your sinks for leaks.
- Food and trash storage: food and trash need to be stored in tightly secured containers right after a meal.
- Leaving food on the counter or in the sink can attract roaches.
- Address entry points: sealing up cracks in the foundation can help, and you should also apply weather stripping and door sweeps.
While these four tips can help limit your chances of a roach problem, nothing provides a guarantee like the professional services at EarlyBird Extermination. We have one more tip that provides even better results than the others, and it’s to give us a call today. We can help your home to be roach-free once again.