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Posted by Freddie on July 5, 2017


In the last two weeks, I have gone to more than 10 cockroach inspections in homes that had the following similarities; same owner for 5 years+, clean, upscale housing, single family, never had a roach before now, does high level of online shopping (all from same store). In half of the cases there was a specimen that I was able to identify as a German cockroach. So why did these people that have never had a cockroach issue suddenly end up with one?

I figure the one thing they all have in common was they do extensive shopping online from the same store. Perhaps there was a box that had a hitchhiker or one hopped a ride from the post office. Roaches may be found in the cleanest living areas or even a place of business since in most cases, cockroaches are brought in unknowingly. They are nocturnal so it is difficult to realize that they have gotten in. Roaches can get into your house by crawling through pipes, tiny gaps around doors and windows, ventilation ducts, and any other small spaces.

People believe that roaches are only attracted to dirty, messy households however this is just not true.Roaches that invade homes look for moisture, warmth, and darkness. Foods left uncovered on the countertops attract roaches. German cockroaches may be carried in with packages delivered from suppliers and warehouses. This is very common, especially because of merchandise being stored in warehouses where roaches can survive for years. When cardboard boxes containing food, clothes, electronics, or general merchandise are delivered, there is a chance that cockroaches could be in the packages. Cockroaches, as well as their eggs, may be found in cardboard boxes and paper bags from grocery stores which are then carried into a home.

Always try to avoid buying used appliances unless you know that it is from a clean home. Cockroaches like to dwell inside components of ovens, microwaves, fridges, dryers, and washers.  If you are purchasing a used appliance check it before you bring it into your home.

Once cockroaches get into your home, they multiply quickly and can become a huge pest problem. Not only are they unwanted, cockroaches also spread disease. The cockroach can carry bacteria that cause food poisoning, vomiting, diarrhea, and other illness. Many people are extremely sensitive to allergens which are contained in cockroach excrement and cast skins. Allergic persons may experience skin rashes, watery eyes, and sneezing, and even Asthma has been attributed to exposure to these allergens.

To try and prevent cockroaches from ever getting into your home. Keep your home as clean and moisture-free as possible since cockroaches thrive where food and water are available, even in tiny amounts. Keep trash in containers with tight-fitting lids and empty it daily. Dispose of newspapers, magazines, and boxes before they start to pile up. Use caulk to seal cracks and crevices and fill gaps around pipes. Clean up spills and crumbs right away to eliminate food and water sources for cockroaches. Store pet foods in tightly sealed containers and don’t leave it out overnight. Do your dishes frequently and don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink. If you have leaky pipes fix them as soon as possible. Do general house cleaning frequently and always vacuum cracks and crevices to remove food crumbs. On the exterior of your home trim shrubbery and eliminate ivy or other dense ground covers near the house. Check for and seal any cracks and other openings to the inside. ALWAYS inspect boxes, bags, appliances, furniture, and any items that may harbor cockroaches before bringing them into your home.

At first site, call Guardian Pest Control for a free inspection.

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