Cockroaches: The Real Grinch of Christmas
With the holidays quickly approaching, the last thing anyone needs is unwelcomed pests to draw attention away from family festivities, however, the adaptive cockroach is keen to stick around this Christmas season.
Cockroaches are one of the most resilient animals on Earth, with scientists believing they could even survive nuclear attacks. From living without their heads, regenerating lost limbs to the ability to survive without food for a month, these guys are tough to get rid of without professional help once an infestation is prevalent. Here at K.C.S, we have gathered five tips and tricks to prevent these pesky pests from invading your home.
1. Don't leave exposed food out
One of the scariest parts of a cockroach is its versatility - that is, it's ability to survive in a wide range of conditions. Although mouldy or expired food may seem off-limits to humans, cockroaches have special genes that allow them to eat almost anything. It's vital to ensure all food, including the food in your bin, is closed airtightly so cockroaches aren't attracted to it.
2. Make sure all taps aren't leaking
Even though cockroaches can live for a month without food, they can barely hit a week without water. Therefore, cockroaches tend to be attracted to humid or damp areas in homes - especially bathrooms or kitchens. One way to counteract this is to ensure all taps are sealed off and not leaking to keep these areas as dry as possible.
3. Restore all damage to walls
When you see one cockroach, there tends to be a lot more hiding, and in most cases, this involves the walls of your home. The best way to limit cockroaches hiding in your walls is to plug up all entry points, including any dents or scratches that could be used as a passageway.
4. Ensure all unused drains and electrical outlets are plugged up
As aforementioned, cockroaches love to go into every nook and cranny of your home, including inside drains and even unused electrical outlets. By plugging drains and covering outlets you can limit the number of cockroaches sneaking into your home.
5. Remove all cardboard
Weirdly enough, cardboard is a very common attractant to cockroaches. Not only is it nutritional enough for them to eat, but cockroaches love to hide inside boxes and breed intrusions (the term for a group of cockroaches)
Given that cockroaches are one of the most common household pests, the number one way to protect your home is to spray before they get out of control. However, don't worry if your home is already infested - K.C.S offer several services to help keep your house free from both roaches and worry.