With cockroaches in house, the only problem is that it is impossible to prevent them from entering your home. Fortunately, there are precautions that will make it easier to prevent roach entry.
Paper and Plastic Bags
Wooden products hold more appeal to cockroaches than plastic products. Many individuals, unknowingly, bring cockroaches home from shipping containers or in paper bags from the grocery stores. If possible, use a clean “green” bag from home or use plastic bags.
Shipping containers come from all over the country. You could map out the product path before it comes to your door, but that is downright impractical.
Instead, be aware that shipping containers will often contain roaches.
It only takes one roach filled warehouse to infect lots of other buildings through transportation.
What that means, for you, is to open shipped products outside and throw the paper containers away immediately.
Door and Windows and Cracks
A roach can slip through the tiniest crack. If you have open holes, in your home, it will make it easy for them to enter. For example, some people have a small space under their front doors and windows that don’t shut tightly.
Some hot and humid areas have roaches that live in woodpiles and at the neighbors. The roaches will come to your home and look for a way inside.
Make sure that all cracks and crevices are tightly sealed off. It will help tremendously.
Control the Nest
There are millions of ways to control roaches, but you don’t want to forget about the nest. The only effective means for cockroach control is to get rid of the nest.
Fortunately, there are roach control products that are great at killing the nest.
For a super heavy infestation, a combination of a boric acid bait paste and a bucket of boric acid dust working together will produce great results. The most likely place to check for the nest is 1- The water heater and 2- Inside the walls.
Control Water and then Food
Roaches, like any life form, have a stronger need for water than anything else. Homes with water heater leaks and dripping pipe leaks that leave food laying out are the most attractive places for roaches to “set up shop”.
These insects may be small, but has a certain degree of intelligence that helps them survive. For example, in a large apartment complex, they will often put the nest next to a water heater with leakage to keep them hydrated, safe, and warm. The nest is not arbitrarily put anywhere.
All in all, scouting for a safe nesting spot is what cockroaches do and they’re good at it.
Secondly, after you control for water, make sure that all your food is locked down. Food should not be left out. Finally, don’t forget that the refrigerator needs to have the food in tightly sealed containers, as well.