Cockroaches are very common pests in Toronto and throughout the world. You may spot the occasional roach and not be too worried, but chances are good that where there is one roach, there are probably more. Since they are nocturnal creatures, you may have a roach problem and not even realize it for quite some time. You can get a jump on the problem and save yourself time and money by being able to identify cockroach hiding places so that you can treat them as soon as possible.
Roaches love areas that are dark, warm, and moist. They also like to be within easy access to food. Unfortunately, there are likely several places in our homes that perfectly fit these preferences. The following are a few of the most common roach hiding places you should check. For each area, we will also provide some tips that can help with your Toronto cockroach control efforts.
Kitchens are one of the most common places to find roaches because there is a seemingly endless supply of roach food in the form of crumbs, spills, grease, trash, and more. Cabinets, pantries, and under appliances are often the biggest problem areas. Grab a flashlight and carefully examine the back of cupboards, the underside of drawers, under the fridge, stove, and dishwasher, and in the pantry.
Prevention Tips: Keep cockroaches away by regularly cleaning and wiping down kitchen shelves and drawers. You can use a vacuum with a hose attachment to help pick up all the crumbs. It is also essential to store your food properly. Do this by using glass or thick plastic containers that the roaches cannot get into.
Another perfect environment for roaches is under sinks and around other areas with plumbing pipes and fixtures. These moist environments may include: bathrooms, laundry rooms, kitchen sinks, basements, and crawl spaces.
Prevention Tips: Excess moisture is a huge attractant for roaches, so make sure that there are no leaky pipes or faucets in your home. If you find leaks, fix them as soon as possible. Pipes can also be a problem outside of your home. Builders often cut corners on the exterior of homes and do not properly seal the areas where pipes enter the home. To prevent roaches from getting in, use caulk and expandable spray foam to seal up all cracks and gaps.
Clutter is a roach’s best friend because it provides great hiding places. Often, the storage areas in our homes (attics, garages, extra bedrooms, etc.) become dumping grounds for unused and unwanted junk. Old cardboard boxes, stacks of paper and magazines, and piles of old clothes are great places for roaches to live and breed.
Prevention Tips: Try to maintain a clean and tidy storage area. This means you may need to declutter and deep clean the area occasionally. You should also consider better storage methods. Instead of using cardboard boxes that make great homes for roaches, consider moving to plastic bins that will keep the roaches out and help prevent damage to your items.
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Roaches are a constant problem throughout the greater Toronto area. GTA Toronto Pest Control specializes in cockroach extermination services. Our team of trained professionals will help you get rid of the roaches. Contact us today for more information.