Tips to Keep Cockroaches Out of Your Home

Summer Pests - Cockroach Infestation

The very mention of the word cockroach is enough to make most people’s stomachs turn, and their skin crawl.  No matter how much we all hate to admit it, cockroaches are one of the most common and most difficult pests to deal with  

If you have seen evidence of cockroaches or even suspect you have them, you must contact the nearest pest control company as quickly as possible and not let the situation go for longer than needed.  You will need to deal with these pests fast!

When dealing with cockroaches, and their elimination, no matter what type of cockroach it is, you will need to determine what is attracting them into your home, to begin with.

If you are looking to eliminate the possibility of cockroaches in your home, you need to start by eliminating them outside your home.  There are several areas to keep in mind that will go a long way to keeping cockroaches out of your home.  We have listed a few below.  The most effective locations for placing a bait trap would be next to an outbuilding, along ledges and your home’s corners.

Keep It Clean

The most important thing to remember about cockroaches is that they have three basic needs—food, shelter, and water.  Although it is almost impossible to eliminate these needs in most outdoor environments, you can do your part by making your landscaping appear less hospitable.

Make sure to remove all debris, such as woodpiles, leaf piles, and stagnant water.  Ensure that outdoor trash cans have their lids secured.  And minimize access to water by keeping all standing water sources, such as pots and birdbaths, emptied.

Debris Outside Home

Sticky Traps

Contrary to popular belief, sticky traps are not only for use indoors—they are great for use outdoors as well.  These types of traps should be utilized in those areas where you have seen roaches attempting to enter your home—such as gaps around windows and doors and along any cracks in the foundation.  If you are not sure where the cockroaches are traveling, lay down several stick traps in a few different locations and check them daily to determine their routes.


The most sure-fire way of preventing cockroaches in the home is to kill them before they have had the chance to take up residence—using a form of bait.  Cockroaches prefer to keep both their tops and sides firmly pressed against something while they walk, baits should be placed next to ledges, corners, or around the foundation of your home. 

Pesticide Sprays

One of the best and most effective methods in eliminating cockroaches is using a pest spray.  These forms of sprays will need to be used around the perimeter of both the yard and the home.  Most commercial grade pesticide spray will provide long-lasting protection, many for three months or more.  They have the added benefit that they will kill roaches on contact.

Pest Spray

Whether we like it or not, cockroaches are part of nature and are, unfortunately, always going to exist.  However, if we make an effort to prevent them from entering our home, to begin with, we will experience fewer headaches in the long run.

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