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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

Important Things To Do When You Have A Serious Cockroach Infestation

Andrea Cruz

Have you recently moved into a house or apartment, only to find that it's infested with various insect pests? Are you tired of seeing creepy-crawlies running through your kitchen or bedroom? Understandably, you might feel embarrassed about this situation, especially since an infestation is often considered to be the fault of the person living there currently. In order to get rid of your cockroaches or other six-legged visitors, here are some things to do while waiting for an exterminator:

Repackage all your food: Cockroaches and other insects love easy access to food. If they can munch on your cereal or your cereal, they'll be extremely pleased. However, cockroaches can also eat just about just about anything. This includes paper, clothing and more. You may think that putting all your flour, sugar and cereals into plastic storage containers will be enough, but roaches can still feed on the cardboard of food with an unopened inner plastic bag. Take these plastic bags out of their cardboard containers, write any relevant information on the bags with a permanent marker, and store them back in your kitchen cabinets. If your infestation is especially bad, you may want to remove your can labels as well, after labeling them with their contents. Once your food items are completely encased in plastic or metal, you will have removed a major source of food.

Use a plastic tote instead of a laundry hamper: Since roaches can eat natural clothes, as well as the body oils and dirt that may be on your clothing, your dirty clothes hamper may seem like a veritable feast once your kitchen is no longer an option. Instead of tossing your clothes into a popup hamper or a hamper with an open top, put your clothes inside a large plastic tote with a good lid. If you choose a tote that has a rubber gasket seal, the cockroaches won't be able to get in and munch on your dirty laundry.

Tightly cover your drains when not in use: Like all living things, insects need a source of water. If your home isn't especially damp or humid, cockroaches may be climbing down the drains at night to get a drink. Depending on how bold they are, they may also be doing this during the day when you're not at work. If you've ever turned on a sink and had a cockroach scuttle out, chances are that it was just thirsty. In addition, if you have a garbage disposal, the food particulates in the sink can be another source of food. Tightly plugging your drains will help to make conditions in your house even less favorable for these unsavory creatures.

For more information, contact companies like Westex Pest Management.