Reno Homeowners' Complete German Cockroach Control Guide

12/22/2021

Would you rather have a tiny cockroach or a large cockroach inside your home? Most people would rather not answer this question but instead find a way to keep all roaches out of their living areas. If you are here today seeking options to protect your Reno home, we have some things you should know.  More specifically, we are here to talk about the most common home-invading roach in Reno, the German cockroach, and provide you with some control tips to keep these pests out of your living areas.

a german cockroach inside of a home

Keep Your Living Areas Clean

Do cockroaches prefer to live in dirty environments? Absolutely. Do they need your home to be filthy to survive? Not exactly. German cockroaches can live on strange things like book glue, paste, and human saliva. That said, it still helps tremendously to keep your living areas clean. When cleaning your home, make sure to get under large appliances, furniture, and in other secluded areas where food scarps or drink spills may have been lost. We also recommend doing your best to keep up with daily cleanings like washing dishes and wiping down countertops and tables.

Address Moisture Problems

The cockroaches trying to get into your home will not feel comfortable indoors unless they find reliable moisture sources. These pests will often gravitate to basements, laundry rooms, kitchens, and other areas that regularly have access to moisture. A cockroach and its friends may also leave your home to find moisture sources around its exterior. To ensure these pests have trouble finding moisture, eliminate water build-up around your home and make sure your gutters are in good working order. Trim an area around your home’s exterior so that sunlight can keep it dry, wipe down sinks and bathtubs after using them, and use a dehumidifier indoors.

Make Sure Roaches Aren’t Getting Into Your Trash

German cockroaches crawling through trash are one of the main ways to pick up disease-causing organisms. What diseases do cockroaches carry? Well, a few you should know about include salmonellosis, cholera, and dysentery. With this in mind, you can keep German cockroaches out of your home’s trash cans by making sure they have tight-fitting lids. Do the same for your outdoor cans.

Remove Food Attractants

Eating trash off your floor and out of your garbage bins is not the only way a cockroach stays fed. They also find food inside pantries, on countertops and tables, and inside pet food bowls. Make sure they are not snacking on these things by storing leftovers, pet food, and pantry items into tight-sealing containers. It also helps to keep things like baked goods and candy covered if you plan to leave them on your counter.

Seal Your Home’s Exterior

Can cockroaches climb walls around your home? Yes. Do cockroaches get indoors through utility piping? Sometimes. Are there ways for you to seal your home’s exterior, so these pests don’t find their way indoors? Absolutely. To start, here are five exclusion tips you should know:

  • Use a caulking gun to fill in gaps and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation.
  • Make sure your window and door screens are correctly installed and in good repair.
  • Fix damage to door sweeps.
  • Install weatherstripping in areas you can see sunlight around doors and windows.
  • Install metal screens over vents, out spouts for gutters, and unprotected utility piping around your home’s exterior.

One Of The Best Ways To Get Rid Of Cockroaches

If you are looking for a way to get and keep cockroaches out of your Reno home, your best option is to invest in cockroach treatments, courtesy of Natura Pest Control. We will inspect your home for these pests, inform you of the severity of your problem, and implement fast working control methods to remove these pests from your living areas. 

Call us today to learn more about our cockroach treatments or schedule your Reno home for year-round cockroach protection.

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