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pest problems in country living

I knew that living in the country would come with a lot of changes, but I didn't realize how many pests I would have to deal with each day. Even the winter came with its own pest problems. My blog is all about the problematic pests that country living presents. You will find out what you can do to keep your home pest-free and how to eliminate the pests that have already moved into your home. Hopefully, my personal experiences can help you find the solutions to pest problems that you have and take back your home from the insects and rodents causing you troubles.

pest problems in country living

Where Are They Coming From? 3 Tricks For Keeping Roaches Away

Andrea Cruz

When you find one roach in your house, chances are there are hundreds more hiding in the shadows. One of the best ways to keep roaches out of your home is to hire a professional exterminator. Monthly pest control treatment will kill the roaches and help prevent infestations. Unfortunately, pest control treatment won't prevent roaches from trying to find their way into your home. Here are three simple tricks you can use to keep roaches from entering your house.

Flush Out the Sinks

Roaches are experts at finding their way into your home.  Some of their favorite access points are your drain pipes, especially once the pipes dry out. An easy way to deter them from using your drain pipes is to keep them wet. If you have drains that you seldom use, flush them out with hot water at least once a week.

The hot water will keep the pipes wet and wash away any nesting materials the roaches may have set up in the drains. For added benefit, try pouring a cup of bleach down the drain before you flush with hot water. The bleach will help kill any roaches that might be lurking in the pipes.

Seal Off Their Access Points

Roaches also like to enter your home through cracks in the walls and foundation. If roaches continue to enter your home in spite of your clean-up efforts, conduct an inspection of your walls and foundation. If you find any cracks, you'll need to get them sealed as quickly as possible. That's where silicone caulk comes in handy. Apply a thick line of silicone caulk to the cracks and scrape away the excess using a putty knife. Once the caulk has dried, repeat the application.

Careful With the Bags

No matter how careful you are, you can actually carry roaches into your home without knowing it. Take a look at two ways you may be inviting them into your home.

Your Shopping Bags

The next time you go to the store, you may be bringing more than your purchases home with you. Roaches are carried into stores in the shipping containers. From there, they can get into the merchandise you're purchasing. Before you place clothing in your shopping cart, shake them off. This will remove any roaches that might be hiding in the fabric. It's also a good idea to shake any loose produce or other items that might be carrying roaches.

Your Kids Backpacks

In addition to your kids school books, their backpacks may be carrying roaches. Roaches can hide in lockers and cubbies in schools. Once your child places their backpack inside, the roaches can climb in and hide.  Before your kids place their books in their backpacks at the end of the day, have them shake the packs out. This will help remove unwanted bugs.

You've hired a pest control service to keep bugs away from your home. Unfortunately, pest control services don't prevent bugs from finding their way in. If you're still finding bugs in your home, use the simple tips to help keep them away. To learn more, speak with a business like Fowler Pest Control.