The mention of a cockroach can make the skin crawl on even the bravest of the brave. And though cockroaches are typically attracted to messy and unsanitary households and restaurants, they can make an appearance in even the cleanliness of spaces. First, in the winter time, cockroaches may find their way indoors in an attempt to escape the cold. Second, cockroaches are easily transported in bags, boxes, and appliances.
The most common types of cockroaches that we see in New England are the German cockroach and the American cockroach. The German cockroach is less than an inch long and is tan with two dark stripes. They have wings but cannot fly and are able to scale walls and traverse ceilings. The American cockroach is about two inches long with long antenna. They are reddish-brown and can fly, though not particularly well. They too can scale walls, traverse ceilings, and squeeze through small cracks. Cockroaches prefer dark, moist spaces where food is in close proximity.
Follow these easy tips to avoid a cockroach infestation:
- Keep counters, floors, and cabinets clean and crumb-free to eliminate potential food sources.
- Vacuum and sweep regularly. Cockroaches are less likely to invade a cleaner home.
- Take garbage out on a daily basis. Cockroaches are attracted to the scent of food and garbage so be sure to store full garbage bags in cans with lids.
- Make sure that exterior walls and shared apartment walls are properly sealed to prevent cockroaches from sneaking through cracks.
- Store food in sealed containers. This should help to prevent an infestation but will also keep cockroaches out of your food if they have found their way into your home.
- Fix leaky pipes and clean up standing water immediately. Cockroaches thrive in, and seek out, wet, moist spaces.
- Eliminate clutter around the home to maintain cleanliness and to limit hiding spaces.
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