Fall is here, and with it we all breath a collective sigh as we say goodbye to many annoying summer pests. Unfortunately, one of the most pesky and harmful pests known to plague homeowners is as active as ever and they are not going anywhere. Cockroaches do not slow down their activity as fall approaches. If anything, they become more annoying as they work their way indoors due to cooler temperatures.
What Pushes Cockroaches Indoors in Fall?
The most common reason for cockroaches to come indoors in fall is that they are in search of a food source. But that’s not the only reason. Cockroaches have been around for millions of years and originated in tropical climates. They often seek warm, humid places to live. Your cozy home in the fall and winter is the perfect place, offering a toasty environment and a tasty meal.
What Mistakes are You Making to Attract Cockroaches?
We talk about a lot of pests that aren’t discriminatory and aren’t attracted to dirty people or homes – bed bugs and head lice are some of these. Cockroaches are a different story. They are attracted to filth – garbage, food waste, decaying organic matter, feces, and more. The dirtier your home, the more attractive it is to a cockroach. If you are leaving food out, letting trash pile up, or aren’t cleaning up your yard, you are inviting cockroaches.
Cockroaches can fit through very small cracks and holes. Letting your home fall into disrepair gives cockroaches an easy way inside. Torn screens, cracked siding, missing bricks, doors that don’t close properly, non-insulated pipes and the like are easy ways for cockroaches to gain entry to your home.
When Should You Call the Professionals?
Cockroaches are invasive pests and they are hard to get out of your home. DIY methods tend to exacerbate the problem, as cockroaches scatter and hide to avoid getting sprayed or trapped. They reproduce quickly, so a small infestation can quickly get out of hand in no time at all.
If you see any signs of cockroaches, call Witt Pest Management immediately. We will get your problem under control the first time. Our technicians are highly trained and certified, so you can rest assured knowing that we will get the job done right. We’ll help you protect your Pittsburgh-area home from cockroaches this fall. Call us at Witt Pest Management to learn more about our residential pest control options.