Take all cleaning and washing up seriously, especially during humid days
Cockroaches prefer damp and humid conditions. They also eat ANYTHING. Like ourselves they are omnivorous. They will eat food or beverage and any dead or vegetable materials they can find. So leaving dishes in the sink and food on the bench is like Christmas for cockroaches.
Keep all foods in airtight containers
Keeping food in airtight containers can go a long way when it comes to pest. It is extremely effective to eliminate a food source. Especially for cockroaches.
Look out for leaking taps or places indoors where water collects
Check that there is no leaking plumbing in your home. Water leaks can create damp and humid conditions that are perfect for cockroaches to live.
If your property has a subfloor area, ensure it’s well ventilated and that water is able to properly drain away
Damp and humid conditions underneath your home that are perfect for cockroaches to live means they will be right beneath your feet.
Ensure garbage and compost containers are emptied often, have tightly closing lids and are stored well away from your house
Try to keep your bins empty well away from your house. Any bins close to the house will attract cockroaches from far and wide. We don’t want them crawling around on your external walls trying to find holes and cracks to access our house.
Avoid leaving pet’s water and food out, especially at room temperature unless absolutely necessary
This is a good tip to help with a lot of pests, not only cockroaches. Keep pet food bowls empty. Keep an eye on your pets while they are feeding if they don’t finish their food pick it up. Cockroaches love pet food. Cockroaches that are bred in laboratories are actually fed dog biscuits and water, so let’s make sure you’re not unwittingly carrying out any experiments on your own.
Ensure all cracks, crevices and gaps around pipes and other penetrations on the walls of your home are promptly sealed
Cockroaches can get into your home any number of way, especially around pipes. Making it hard for them to get inside and to establish themselves inside your house is a step closer to solving the problem.
Inspect any bags, packaging or boxes thoroughly before allowing them into your home
The source of a cockroach problem quite often can be caused by bringing them into your home in boxes and supplies. If you move things from the roof or shed to another area to the house you could be spreading a cockroach problem.