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Cockroaches love warm, damp environments that contain plenty of food sources. Because cockroaches are scavengers, they can survive on almost anything—crumbs, cardboard, food scraps, etc. While stray food and grime can create desirable destinations for unwanted guests, sometimes the occasional roach can't be avoided, due to the structure of your home or hidden cracks or openings that inevitably welcome pests inside.

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American Roaches

Where do they live

Roaches gravitate toward dark areas that go undisturbed for longer periods of time (think of those spaces behind the refrigerator, beneath cabinets, all those forgotten corners or pantry shelves, storage closets). These are places that can easily accumulate plenty of "food" for potential roach residents, and the low light appeals to their nocturnal preferences.

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Preventative Steps

Cockroaches are some of the most resilient pests in the world. They exhibit unique survival tactics, including the ability to live for a week without their head, making their eradication a difficult task for homeowners to do themselves.
 

People can take steps, however, to mitigate American cockroach problems through barrier exclusion and cleanliness. Barrier exclusion involves preventing cockroaches from entering the home through small cracks in walls, gaps near electric sockets and switch plates, and up through drains. you can use a silicone-based caulk to seal these openings.
 

Having a clean and sanitary home will also make it less inviting to American cockroaches. Homeowners should keep counters, sinks, tables and floors free of clutter and crumbs. Do not let dishes pile up in the sink or spills marinate on the counter. It’s also good practice to store food in airtight containers, and avoid leaving pet food out in the open.

Some other ways to prevent American cockroaches include vacuuming at least once a week to remove food particles, ventilating crawl spaces to prevent moisture buildup and running water periodically in spare bathrooms to keep u-traps filled.


At Green's Exterminating & Fencing Inc. we provide superior pest control services.  We are innovative in our treatments.  There is no need to go through the hassle of removing all the stuff from the kitchen cupboards.  We reduce the amount of insecticides in your home by using cockroach gel baits.