How To Prevent Cockroaches In Riverside, CA Homes

a german cockroach inside a house

Cockroaches aren’t just dirty; they are dangerous. Known for living in some of the most polluted places like sewers and dumpsters, cockroaches pick up harmful pathogens and spread them once they get inside a home. Not to mention, they can contaminate food and surfaces with urine and feces, making people and pets sick.

Two common cockroach species in the area are:

  • American cockroaches, which grow between 1 ¼ to 2 inches long, are reddish-brown with a yellowish figure 8 pattern on their head, and although they have wings, they can only fly short distances.

  • German cockroaches are ½ to 5/8 of an inch long and are the most common home-invading species in the United States. They are light brown with two parallel dark stripes on their backs.

Did we mention cockroaches are also destructive? That’s right; they will eat just about anything, including the materials that make up your home, furniture, books, and other personal belongings. Trust us when we say the damage they cause is just as bad as the filth they bring into homes.

Cockroaches in any home are bad news, and as a Riverside resident, you should know how to protect yourself and your family against them.

Keeping Cockroaches Away

While cockroaches don’t just infest “dirty” homes making your home less attractive is key in keeping them away. An excellent place to start is with a deep clean, ensuring the often forgotten areas. Your deep clean should include:

  • Sweeping and mopping under heavy appliances

  • Cleaning out the backs of cupboards and pantries 

  • Decluttering your home

  • Cleaning underneath sinks and making sure there are no leaks or water damage

While deep cleaning may only need to be accomplished every once in a while, you should regularly do the following:

  • Store people and pet food in air-tight containers

  • Clean up spills and crumbs right away

  • Sweep or vacuum floors

  • Wipe down surfaces

  • Take the garbage out frequently

Although the tips above will help keep cockroaches away, they won’t stop this pest from getting inside. To do this, you need to remove any potential entry points.

Keeping Cockroaches From Getting In

Like many other pests, cockroaches are small and can squeeze through tiny cracks in the foundation or exterior walls. To keep cockroaches from getting into your home, you should carefully inspect the exterior of your home for cracks and gaps, filling them in with caulk.

You should also ensure your doors and windows have screens and weather stripping. Along with cracks in the foundation, you should fill in any gaps around door and window frames to stop these unwanted pests from getting in.

Professional Cockroach Control

A cockroach infestation is nearly impossible to get rid of without assistance. Although you may try store-bought products to eliminate these dangerous critters, you are better off saving your money. Cockroaches, in particular, are difficult to remove because their immune system has allowed them to because increasingly more resistant to conventional pesticides. So instead of wasting time, money, and stress, contact Power Pros Pest Control.

Allowing our experienced and knowledgeable technicians to take care of your property is the best form of home cockroach control. We will perform a complete inspection to understand better what species we are dealing with, where they are hiding, and how and why they are getting in. With our assistance at Power Pros Pest Control, you will have a cockroach-free home again. We also provide comprehensive commercial pest management services for local businesses.