How To Keep Roaches Out Of Your Long Island Home

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There is a good reason why roaches are used on television to scare people. These pests are about as creepy as insects come. What makes things worse is that they also regularly invade homes around Long Island. The good news is that you don’t have to tolerate these pests getting into your living areas. Here is everything you need to know about roaches, including some great tips and strategies that will help you keep them out of your Long Island home.

a cockroach crawling on a broom in a kitchen

Why Roaches Invade Homes

Despite their quick speed, tough bodies, and resiliency, cockroaches are regularly hunted in nature by amphibians, small mammals, and other pests like beetles and spiders. To stay safe and well-fed, roaches invade area homes. Your living areas don’t just provide roaches with safety; they also provide many of their basic needs like food and moisture. If you didn’t know, roaches don’t just eat human food. They also consume paper, glue, toothpaste, human byproducts like shed skin, toenail clippings, and saliva. In short, there aren’t many reasons why a roach shouldn’t invade your home.

Ways To Make Your Property Less Attractive To Roaches

We know it is not your intention to invite roaches into your home. Unfortunately, many things that attract these pests are things homeowners do every day. To help you reduce these factors and make your property less attractive to roaches, here is a list of prevention strategies to use.

  • Thoroughly inspect your home’s exterior foundation for gaps, cracks, and holes. Seal off these potential cockroach-entry points using a caulking gun or some liquid cement.

  • Check weatherstripping, window/door screens, and door sweeps around your home. Please make sure they are in good condition and installed properly.

  • Walk around your home and check piping and fixtures. Fix any leaks you find along the way.

  • At the end of each day, wipe down sinks, bathtubs, and other places that hold water.

  • Thoroughly clean out your pet’s food and water bowls at the end of each day.

  • Use a dehumidifier inside your home to keep moisture levels in the air to a minimum.

  • Eliminate water sources around your property.

  • Clean up debris, clutter, and trash from your yard.

  • Trim back bushes and tree branches away from your home’s exterior to keep it dry.

  • Pick up food messes and wipe up drink spills as they occur in and around your home.

  • Thoroughly wash beneath large kitchen appliances like refrigerators, sinks, and stoves.

  • Keep unscreened windows and doors closed when they are not in use.

The Dangers Roaches Pose

All cockroaches are dangerous. To put into perspective just how dangerous, let’s talk about the German cockroach, the most common home-invading roach in our area and worldwide. This roach alone can carry 33 different bacteria, seven human pathogens, and six parasitic worms. That is a lot of ways to get people sick. 

A Better Solution To Roaches

Because roaches pose so many dangers, making sure these pests stay out of your living areas is crucial. One great way to do this is by getting a home pest control professional involved. At Parkway Pest Services, we take great pride in our cockroach treatments. You don’t have to worry about invasive and dangerous pests getting into your living areas with us on your side. We will take care of the details and monitor pest pressures on your property to make sure cockroaches and other invasive pests stay outside where they belong.

Contact us today for more details or to schedule your Long Island home for a service visit.


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