No one in Hawaii likes having cockroaches skittering around on the kitchen floor after the lights have been turned off. But, what we don't like even more is cockroaches racing up the walls when the lights are turned back on. These are disgusting pests that can bring diseases into a home and spread bacteria around. So, we've put together this helpful list of 5 things you can do to prevent cockroach activity in your Hawaii home.
Make your home less attractive. It may seem strange to want to do something that would make your home less attractive when you spend so much time trying to make it more attractive, but we're not talking about looks. We're talking about reducing factors that are attractive to cockroaches. Things like open trash cans, unmowed grass, improperly mixed compost, outside pet food or bird feed on the ground, wet cardboard, barbecue items left outside, and standing water, will all make your home a cockroach magnet.
Make sure you home is sealed. While it is impossible to seal out a pest that can walk on walls and ceilings, and even fly, it is still better to seal up as many entry points as you can. Check all your screens and make sure they are in good working order. Inspect your door sweeps, weather stripping, and the mortar around basement windows. Examine pipes and electrical wires that pass through your exterior walls for gaps. If you see any cracks, holes, or gaps, seal them up.
If cockroaches find their way into your home, your first line of defense is sealing up your stored foods. Packaged food emits odors that will attract cockroaches. It is important to make sure that any food that comes in paper or cardboard is put into sealable plastic containers.
There are many things that cockroaches consider to be food that you would never eat, like the grease drippings on the side of your oven, or spilled juice that ran under your fridge. A good deep cleaning every three months will make cockroaches feel less welcome in your home.
Make sure you have a trash can that makes a good seal. Cockroaches love trash. It is even a good idea to put food that you are disposing of, in a plastic bag saved from the grocery store before you put the item in the trash. This will help to keep the smells in, and the cockroaches out.
If resisting cockroaches is not your thing, and you would prefer to not deal with these disgusting pests at all, reach out to us. At Sandwich Isle Pest Solutions, we offer the most advanced pest control plans available in the industry. Get your Hawaii home plugged in today. And get cockroaches plugged out.