Can you think of a reason not to want cockroaches inside your Los Angeles home? We can think of a few. These pests are not just dangerous, but they are also annoying and sometimes destructive. One problematic roach that lives in our area is the German cockroach. Here are some things to consider to help you understand the threat these pests pose to you and your family and keep them out of your living areas.
What German Cockroaches Eat: Why It Makes Them Dangerous
When you are finished with a meal, where do you put the food that is left over? Most of it probably goes into a container and then into your refrigerator. What’s left goes into the garbage. After a while, the scraps put inside the trash start to decay, and if you wait more than a week to change the garbage bag, the food will be rotten.
Interestingly, German cockroaches do not care whether you just pulled muffins out of the oven or if they have been sitting in the trash for months. These pests will eat just about anything, including dead animals, skin, and fecal droppings. This is part of what makes these pests so dangerous.
If you didn’t know, rotting carcasses, molding food, and excrement often contain bacteria, pathogens, and parasites. German cockroaches ingest these sickness vectors and pick them up onto their bodies. They then spread these disease-causing organisms throughout the homes they infest.
The Benefits Of Keeping Your Home Clean
Maintaining a clean living environment is not just comfortable and good for morale; it is also a great way to deter German cockroaches. To make sure your home stays nice and cockroach resistant, we recommend starting with a deep clean. Wash beneath appliances, thoroughly clean furniture, wipe down surfaces, vacuum, sweep, mop floors, and pick up trash.
It also helps to reduce clutter by getting rid of items you don’t need and organizing storage areas. Finally, and most importantly, do your best to keep up with keeping your living areas clean.
Some Tips To Seal Your Home’s Exterior
German cockroaches enter homes by crawling through gaps, cracks, and other entry points. To make sure your exterior is adequately sealed, here are some exclusion tips to use today:
- Purchase a caulking gun and some high-quality silicone caulk. Use these tools to fill in holes, gaps, and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation and spacing around window and door frames and utility piping.
- Thoroughly inspect your home’s windows and doors. Ensure they are sealed correctly with weatherstripping and door sweeps. If they are damaged, pests may make their way indoors.
- Invest in screens for as many of your home’s exterior windows and doors as possible. If your home already has screens, make sure they are in good repair.
The Guaranteed Solution To German Cockroaches
German cockroaches are challenging pests to control. Without constant vigilance and a good knowledge of their behaviors, you will find it challenging to combat these pests on your own. To make sure your home is protected, we would be happy to lend you a helping hand.
At A Step Above Pest Control & Termite, we provide reliable and effective pest control service options for members of our community. With our team at your back, you will not have to worry about any of the dangers German cockroaches pose. Contact us today to schedule a service visit for your Los Angeles home.