There are few things more irritating to a homeowner than flipping on a lightswitch and watching cockroaches scurrying away. Most of the time they stay hidden, and you can’t quite be sure if you have a problem or not, but each time that you see them, it makes you wonder how many more that there are that you don’t see, and how many eggs and droppings that there are in the corners of your closets and under your sinks.

The good news is that you don’t have to face them alone! Our team at The Bug Man has been the Arkansas home pest control leader for over four decades, and we’re a phone call away if you have an infestation of roaches or other household pests. In the meantime here are a few roach control tips that you can put to use right away:

Keep your house clean-Roaches are scavengers, and once the coast is clear, they explore your home looking for food. They’re often successful, because we often incorrectly assume that our kitchen is clean. After you’ve prepared a large meal, you may be tempted to put off washing the dishes until tomorrow, and you might consider it wasteful to take out the trash if the bag isn’t completely full. But the best defense against roaches is a good offense, and if you take any shortcuts cleaning up, you’re setting the table for roaches, ants, and other unwanted guests.

Have good outdoor drainage-Arkansas is no stranger to frequent heavy rainfall, and you should be particularly attentive to areas where water pools up and stands. Cockroaches and other insects lay eggs in water, and the last thing that you want to do is roll out the welcome mat. Be sure to also empty pet food dishes and kiddie pools after use.

Deal with wood rot and water damage-Cockroaches love warm, moist areas, and can find them a lot more quickly than we can. That’s why it’s important to check under your sink, around your water heater, and in your crawlspace for water damage and wood rot. If you do find water damage, it’s important to identify the source of the moisture and fix the problem before you replace the wood, which should be sealed or painted. And a small investment in a tube of caulk can make a big difference.

If you have any questions, or need to schedule a service call, contact us online, or at 501-663-9464.