A cockroach infestation can easily grow out of control if not taken care of right away. These pests are common in New York. If you have seen cockroaches in your Westchester home, be sure to understand the dangers they pose and take them very seriously. Cockroaches can harm your health and the health of your family and friends. These pests are well-known for being sewer pests and feasting on trash or decaying matter. Picture the germs from these places spreading wherever they scurry throughout your home. These pests are responsible for spreading many diseases and pathogens. When cockroaches invade a building, they’re usually found in moist areas, such as kitchen, bathrooms, and crawl spaces. They have three basic needs to sustain life: food, water, and shelter. They’ll feed on any organic foods, preferring meats, starches, and sweet foods. If they find what they need inside your home, they’ll be happy to stay or as long as you allow them.
It’s common for cockroaches to find their way inside through gaps and cracks in the foundation or along the exterior of a building. The scent of food or trash can lead them to explore and discover ways to enter your home. They often follow pipes and sewer lines, sneaking through gaps between the structure of the home and the pipe. However, this isn’t the only way in for these pests to invade. Cockroaches can also be introduced to your home through grocery bags, boxes, outside furniture, or other materials. An item can conceal the cockroach, bringing it right through your front door. Or perhaps there’s an egg case, known as an ootheca, that a female cockroach deposited in a box that was then carried inside. You now have an entire infestation inside your home! It doesn’t take long for an infestation to grow to an overwhelming size.
We’ve established how cockroaches can enter your Westchester home, but let’s talk about what you can do to keep them out! The pest control professionals at Parkway Pest Services suggest the following cockroach prevention steps.
- Seal all gaps and cracks along the exterior of your home. Cockroaches have compact bodies, allowing them to squeeze through incredibly small holes. They can also climb, so no area is out of reach.
- Eliminate odors that could attract these pests. Seal your trash with a tight-fitting lid, keep all foods contained in air-tight containers, and clean up any spills or fallen crumbs immediately.
- Get rid of moisture. Fix leaks, clean gutters, and try to eliminate groundwater as best you can.
- Contact professional pest control.
DIY control is often ineffective with cockroaches. With a natural defense mechanism to avoid pesticides, cockroaches will continue breeding in your home. The fastest way to eliminate cockroaches from your property is to partner with a pest control professional. If you live in Westchester, Parkway Pest Services can help you. Our certified experts know how cockroaches work and will get to the root of the problem to eliminate infestations as quickly as possible. Not only will current infestations be eliminated, but our exterminators will work to prevent future ones. We treat the exterior of your home with environmentally green products. Contact Parkway today to find out which of our residential pest control solution plans is right for you.