Modesto Residents' Complete Cockroach-Prevention Guide

January 15, 2022

When it comes to cockroach prevention, there are layers. The first layer of protection is deterrence. There are many ways you can alter conditions and make your property less attractive to roaches. The second layer is management. If you roll your sleeves up, you can have some success getting control of cockroaches. While neither of these will provide 100 percent control for roaches on your Modesto property, they can limit roach activity, deter population growth, and help to protect you from the diseases cockroaches are known to spread. In many cases, this can reduce roach activity below the threshold of comfort for Modesto residents. Let's take a look at how you can use cockroach prevention to continually manage roaches on your property, and then we will discuss what is needed to get Modesto cockroaches out of your home for good.

a cockroach on a kitchen floor

Cockroach Prevention

There is a difference between cockroach prevention and cockroach control. It is important to understand the distinction. When you apply methods to deter cockroaches, it does not guarantee that roaches won't get into your home. Cockroach control takes prevention to another level—the highest level. It builds off the protection provided by prevention methods and applies one last level to get the best protection possible. Both are important. It is very difficult to control cockroaches without using a multi-pronged strategy that also includes prevention.

Cockroach Prevention Tips

Prevention is centered on understanding what attracts cockroaches to your yard and what is required to keep them out of your home.

  • Remove yard debris. Cockroaches hide under leaf litter, dead branches, scrap wood, grass clippings, and other organic material. They also like climbing around in rock piles.
  • Address moisture issues. A clogged gutter system or a break in a downspout can lead to conducive conditions. Roaches are attracted to moist and humid environments.
  • Sanitation. Cockroaches will be drawn into your yard by stinky trash receptacles, dog waste, improperly mixed compost, fertilizer, a dead animal under your deck, and many other gross things. Sanitation is essential for roach management.
  • Exclusions. Use a caulking gun to seal gaps, cracks, and holes. Replace weatherstripping, door sweeps, and screens that aren't creating a good seal. Install weep hole protectors, and apply screen material over ventilation holes. Keep in mind that it only takes a tiny sliver of a gap for a big cockroach to get inside. Cockroaches are able to compact their bodies to squeeze through holes that are less than half their height. A big cockroach, like the American cockroach, which can be as long as 12 mm, is able to slip through a gap that is less than 6mm.

How Do You Get Rid Of Cockroaches For Good? 

Now that you know what attracts cockroaches and you have some ideas about how to keep roaches out, it is time to talk about the last layer of protection. Cockroaches are continually coming into your yard and accidentally getting into your home. If you stay on top of prevention, you can have success keeping them out. But as you know, life can get busy. When we're asked, "How do you get rid of cockroaches for good?" The only response we can give is that cockroach control products are required. This provides that last layer of protection. This is a mixture of spray treatments, dusts, bait stations, glue boards, and other control products. Unfortunately, these products aren't easy to deploy. It takes training to effectively apply roach control. Many undesirable results can occur (such as bait aversion) when cockroach control is improperly applied.

If you're in Modesto and you want complete cockroach prevention, let our service team help by providing you with ongoing residential pest control. This service comes with coverage for cockroaches. We use field-tested methods and advanced products to ensure the best results. Connect with us today.

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