We have a lot of exotic creatures in Hawaii, cockroaches aren't one of them. Most of the roaches you'll find plaguing your Hawaii home are the same roaches that plague the rest of the country. The most notable being the American cockroach. As you can imagine, this chestnut-colored roach has earned its name. It can be found in almost every nook and cranny of America. But, the American cockroach is no more prolific in the United States than cockroaches named after other places in the world, like the German cockroach and the oriental cockroach (also known as the Cyprus bug). Hawaii is also blessed to have cockroaches that only live in tropical areas. Fortunately, the only tropical cockroach you'll find getting into your home is the Surinam or "burrowing" cockroach. Though the temperate weather in Hawaii allows a wide variety of roaches to live here, these invading pests can all be resisted with the same tactics.
When roaches get into your home, they are looking for a dark damp place to live and a food source to eat. These things will make them feel welcome. Your goal should be to make sure they feel as unwelcome as possible.
Keep things clean. Crumbs in your carpet, stacks of dishes near your sink, and other sources of food on counters and in cabinets will give these pests what they need to survive and grow their populations.
Make sure you put pet food away between meals and never leave pet food out overnight.
Fruit should always be kept inside the refrigerator and never on the counter or on your kitchen table.
Keep pantry foods, that come in cardboard or paper, sealed in hard plastic containers to keep smells in and cockroaches out.
Cockroaches like tight confined spaces. For this reason, it's extremely important to make sure you do some deep cleaning every 3 months. Get the sides of your stove and get under your refrigerator, to make sure there are no organic food sources for cockroaches to eat.
To resist cockroach harborage, make sure you have no damp places in your home. For wet basements, use a dehumidifier to dry things out.
When roaches come onto your property, make sure they don't find what they are looking for.
All trash should be kept in bags and in sealed trash cans.
If you have a bird feeder, be aware that cockroaches eat the seeds that fall to the ground.
Cockroaches prefer weeds and overgrowth. If you have tall grass near your home, you will invite cockroaches to come in close to your exterior walls.
Do an inspection of your exterior walls and fill gaps and cracks.
Make sure all of your screens, door sweeps and weather stripping are in good working condition.
Cockroaches are resourceful pests. The only way to fully protect against intrusion is to apply pesticides to vulnerable areas. This should always be done safely by a professional.
If you need help protecting your Hawaii home or business from cockroach invasion, give us a call. Here at Sandwich Isle, our QualityPro certified team is looking forward to serving you.