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How Cold Weather Can Send Cockroaches Into Your House

Jan 15, 2024

It happens every year: when the temperatures drop during colder months, unwelcome invaders find their way into our homes. Cockroaches are one example of these unpleasant guests, and if you’re currently dealing with this, you know their presence can be a potential nuisance for homeowners.

Why does cold weather drive cockroaches indoors?

Cockroaches are simply seeking warmth and shelter, so when it gets cold outside they seek refuge in your warm, cozy home.

They’re especially good at infiltration, capable of finding various entry points to gain access into your home. These might include gaps around doors and windows, cracks in walls, and utility penetrations. Cockroaches can compress their bodies to squeeze through even tiny openings.

Tips for cockroach prevention

Regularly inspect the exterior walls of your home to find gaps or cracks, and seal them when you find them. Pay extra attention to the areas around windows, doors, and utility lines. Simply sealing up entry points can go a long way toward preventing cockroaches from infiltrating your home.

In addition to shelter, cockroaches are also searching for food and water. If your home offers accessible food sources, cockroaches are likely to be attracted to it. Keep your home clean by promptly cleaning up spills, securing food in airtight containers, and eliminating sources of standing water.

A clean home is much less attractive to pests! This means cleaning up food and water, but also includes clutter around the house.

Declutter your living spaces as much as possible to minimize any potential habitats for pests. Regular cleaning and organization make it more challenging for cockroaches to establish a presence within your home.

Exterior cockroach prevention

The exterior of your home can attract or repel cockroaches, too. For example, if you use firewood, keep it stored away from the house. Cockroaches can make themselves at home in woodpiles– which means that bringing firewood inside may inadvertently introduce them to your living space.

Store garbage in containers with tight-fitting lids. Cockroaches are attracted to food and food residue, which makes trash attractive to them. Secure containers help keep them away.

Professional pest control measures for cockroaches

Calling in a professional pest control service means that experts in the subject will be able to survey your property and potentially provide early detection of potential infestations.

Once they’ve identified the problem, pest control professionals use targeted treatments to address specific cockroach species and infestation levels. This works to ensure effective, efficient pest management.

They can also offer preventive measures, like perimeter treatments and sealing strategies, to take a proactive approach toward protecting your home from cockroach invasions.

Prevention is key

Understanding the factors that drive cockroaches indoors during cold weather is helpful for preventing infestations.

By implementing a few simple, effective tips, like sealing entry points, keeping the house clean, and seeking professional pest control services, you can keep your home safe from cockroaches and other unwanted pests.

If you’re currently dealing with an infestation, or are looking to prevent one, reach out to West Termite & Pest today for a free consultation.

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