Did you know that cockroaches are more active than ever in the summertime? While roaches are certainly a year-round pest, the summer heat encourages them out even more. Here in Virginia, both homeowners and business owners deal with cockroach problems, especially in the summer months. Although roaches breed year-round, the reproduction rate goes up during the summer. They also will come inside to escape the heat, making an infestation more likely during these months than ever. To learn more about the surge of roaches in the summer and what all you can do to keep them away, keep reading for tips from Ehrlich Pest Control, formerly Connor’s.
Cockroaches in Virginia Summertime
Cockroaches are one of the most common pest problems in residential and commercial properties. They also can adapt to a wide variety of climates and environments. So why are they more populous in the summer? Most roach species are drawn to warm or moist environments, which is why they frequently inhabit bathrooms, kitchens, and basements.
Many cockroaches are less active in the winter, but rising temperatures encourage them to resume activity. When there is extreme heat, cockroaches that otherwise stay outdoors will flood inside in search of food, water, and shelter. This is why we get so many calls for roach infestations in the summer.
Prevention Tips for Cockroaches
A cockroach problem is anyone’s worst nightmare. To avoid the frustration of a roach infestation in your property this summer, follow these tips to keep them out:
- Clean your property regularly. Make sure your kitchens and bathrooms are free of any spills or crumbs. Avoid clutter and messes.
- Thoroughly inspect the perimeter of your home and seal cracks and crevices. Seal windows and doors or install screens.
- Always pick up pet bowls after feeding times, and avoid leaving the pet food out overnight or for days at a time.
- Securely store food items in airtight containers, and refrigerate any unsealed food.
- Ensure your garbage is sealed with a tight-fitting lid, and routinely take it out when full.
- Quickly fix any leaky pipes or clogged rain gutters to avoid moisture problems that attract roaches.
Need to Control a Summer Cockroach Infestation?
Seeing just one cockroach in your property is usually a bad sign there are many, many more nearby. If you are dealing with a cockroach problem this summer, it’s not just their presence you need to worry about. Certain roaches carry bacteria and germs that can contaminate food and sicken members of your family. They also are tied to allergic reactions! To get rid of a summer roach problem, contact your local cockroach exterminators for assistance.