Apartment living is one of the most popular modes of housing, thanks to robust urban development planning in many of our cities. Many of us prefer apartments for a lot of reasons, but having units so close to each other can pose several problems. One of which is cockroaches.
Cockroach infestation is one of the most common issues that apartment dwellers have to deal with constantly. The proximity of apartment units provides a wealth of food sources and breeding grounds for these pesky creatures.
Aside from just plainly being annoying, cockroaches carry with them a host of germs and bacteria that can make us ill. Cockroaches can spread 33 different kinds of bacteria and can cause food poisoning. They also spread at least six types of parasitic worms and at least seven kinds of human pathogens. Moreover, cockroach droppings can trigger allergic reactions and can cause asthma attacks which can be dangerous to very young children.
Getting rid of cockroaches in your apartment can be tricky, especially if your next-door-neighbor is not the tidiest one. But there are simple ways to curb cockroach infestation in your abode. Here are 5 tips to keep cockroaches out of your apartment.
1. Seal and cover
Stop cockroaches from entering your home by sealing off their entryways. The smallest cracks on the wall can provide them easy access to your abode. Seal any cracks with any gap filler which you can buy at the hardware store. You can also use an epoxy kit to cover up cracks and dents. For bigger wall fissures, a wall plaster can do the trick.
2. Clean and sanitize
Cockroaches thrive on filth, so cut off their food source by regularly cleaning your home, especially your kitchen countertops and gas range. These areas are their go-to spots for food crumbs.
Leaving food out in the open, especially at night can attract these unwanted house guests further, so make sure that all your leftover food is stored properly in airtight containers or inside the refrigerator. Dirty plates in the sink are also among cockroaches' favorite things, therefore washing them promptly is a must.
3. Ventilation is key
Moisture attracts cockroaches as much as food. Make sure that every nook and cranny in your apartment is properly ventilated, especially if you live in a basement apartment. Crawl spaces where cockroaches can freely move around without being detected should also be cleaned and ventilated regularly to avoid moisture buildup.
4. Proper garbage disposal
Garbage bins that are left uncovered are cockroach hotspots. Keep your garbage properly sealed to avoid cockroaches flocking into your home. Disposing your trash properly and regularly can also keep off these pesky pests off of your apartment.
Likewise, proper garbage disposal in an apartment complex of condominium buildings should also be in your checklist when scouting for a new place. This could help you keep cockroaches to a minimum.
5. Fix leaks
Under your sink is a favorite breeding ground for cockroaches. It's dark and moist most of the time - two of the things that cockroaches love. Make sure that there are no leaks that could attract cockroaches to your kitchen or bathroom counter. That includes appliances that tend to be moist underneath, such as the refrigerator or an airconditioning unit, as well as potted indoor plants.
Cockroaches can be tricky to get rid of, but there are simple ways we can do to prevent them from infesting your home. Remember that cleanliness is still your best weapon against these pests, so continuously keeping your apartment clean, dry, and properly ventilated can keep these cockroaches away.
Nobody wants to deal with pests, especially cockroaches. If you are experiencing problems with cockroaches or any other pests, we'll deal with that problem in no time! Call us or leave a message and we'll get the job done for you.