If there is an insect hierarchy listing out there somewhere, it's safe to assume that roaches are near the bottom of the list. Nowhere, has anyone said — a roach infestation would be nice. Fortunately, this type of outbreak is avoidable, but there are some measures you want to take; here are some of them.
Focus on Cleaning
Make sure you're trying to keep your space as clean as possible. Roaches and many other pests are attracted to dirtier environments because this is often a place where they can find food. If you're leaving food on the countertops, not keeping the lid on your trash can and dropping food crumbs all over your home, it's highly likely that you will attract these insects. The cleaner you keep your home, the less attractive it is to pests.
Control Water Leaks
In addition to food sources, roaches are also attracted to moist environments, which is one of the reasons people with infestations often have issues in their bathrooms and kitchens. Take the time to look under all the sinks in your home to see if there are any leaks. If so, have them repaired right away. In addition to helping you avoid an infestation, repairing a leak will also help you save on your water consumption costs. You should also look for leaks around the outside of your home.
Even if your home is clean, you should still take your prevention efforts a step further by minimizing clutter. Roaches and other pests like clutter because it offers them a safe place for protection against predators. Stacks of old papers on the floor, clothes and even boxes offer a haven for these insects. Clear your schedule for a weekend and pull the family together to perform a thorough decluttering.
If you see even one roach in your home, understand that it's time to act. One of the most important things to remember about a roach infestation or any other insect for that matter is that where there is one, more are sure to follow. If there aren't other roaches in your home, it's only a matter of time before they make their way inside. Additionally, it's a lot easier to eliminate an infestation in the early stages before you allow it to progress.
If you're dealing with a roach infestation in your home, a pest control specialist can help. Make sure you're reaching out for help.