Summer Tips for Cockroach Prevention

Summer means many wonderful things in most households, bringing with it things like inflatable pools, cold lemonade, ice pops and family trips. In some areas, it also means an unbelievable cockroach infestation.

These six-legged, orangish-brown insects range in size and can grow to be around two inches long. Though some adults have wings, they don’t usually fly. Sometimes they make hissing or clicking sounds, or emit unpleasant odors, and their reaction time is much quicker than that of a human.

If an infestation is discovered, you should probably call a professional exterminator. However, if you’ve found a single roach, or even just seen one outside, there are several preventative measures you can take on your own.

First, roaches are attracted to dark, cool, damp places. Make sure to fix any leaks or moisture in drains and pipes in your home, such as under the kitchen or bathroom sink. Next, make sure never to leave food or crumbs out for long periods of time- this includes uneaten pet food, open trash cans, and dirty dishes in the sink. Sweep, vacuum and mop often, and be sure to keep all screens and doors sealed at all times.

Next, sprinkle some boric acid powder around your home, especially in small cracks, vents, cabinets, drawers, and other structural flaws and hiding places. Another interesting fact is that cockroaches are repelled by the smell of catnip. Spray this in dark spaces and likely hiding spots to deter the unwanted visitors. Catnip is non-toxic for humans and pets- but don’t use it if you have cats around. A little-known fact is that cockroaches like high spaces- be sure to sprinkle the acid powder or catnip ON TOP of kitchen cabinets, closets and other tall pieces of furniture.