Cockroaches are one of the most disgusting pests you can encounter. They spread diseases and contaminate food sources. Plus, they are fast and sneaky, making them difficult to detect. Sometimes killing them can be challenging, because they hide in dark and damp spaces. The easiest way to keep cockroaches from becoming a problem is by preventing them from coming into your house in the first place.

Exclusion

The first way to prevent cockroaches it to exclude them. This is more difficult than people realize, since cockroaches can enter into tiny cracks in your home. They enter through wall cracks, pipes, gaps by windows and doors, and exhaust vents, too. Closing up gaps and sealing cracks can reduce entry points, which is a first step towards cockroach prevention.

Get Rid of Their Food Sources

Cockroaches are attracted to food sources. Do not leave food out on counters. Store your dry foods in sealed containers. Make sure and store pet food in closed containers. Do not leave trash around the house. Do not leave food sitting in sinks. Wipe countertops. Finally, rinse containers before putting them in recycling or trash bins.

Get Rid of Water Sources

Like all living creatures, cockroaches need water. Make sure you do not have any leaks or standing water sources. Clean up spills, as well. Even small amounts of water can provide enough water for cockroaches to survive.

Keep Your Home Clean

Cockroaches love to hide in clutter. Even worse than that, once they find a good hiding spot, they release pheromones that attract other cockroaches. That is why it is important to clear out clutter. You should take extra care to get rid of paper products like newspapers, magazines, and cardboard.

The Best Way to Prevent Cockroaches is to Take Action Immediately

Perhaps most importantly, you want to take action as soon as you see evidence of cockroaches. Cockroaches are one of those pests that loves to stay hidden. They can fit in tiny places, and they try to avoid the light. That means that you can have cockroaches and never see them. By the time you see them or evidence of them, you may have a pretty serious infestation. That is why you want to call an exterminator out for an inspection as soon as you see signs of a cockroach. Even better, sign up for one of Flickā€™s pest prevention programs, which includes regular inspections designed to spot pests before they become a serious problem.