Why Do I Have German Cockroaches in the Summer?
As if there aren’t enough pests that seem to thrive in the warmer months, the German Cockroach may make an appearance in your home if they haven’t already. If you're seeing cockroaches in the summer, it's not surprising.
German Cockroaches are another pesty critter who loves the moist, warm summers we have in this region.
In Northern Virginia, Maryland, and Washington DC, along with other humid climates, cockroaches are more prevalent, and the summer is their favorite time to multiply.
Read on to find out why you are seeing German Cockroaches in the summer and what you can do to prevent and treat the problem.
Why Do Cockroaches Love Summer?
The warmer months of summer are the main breeding season for German Cockroaches. They love humidity, and the steamy air of summer is the perfect environment for them.
Many homes are at an increased risk of seeing cockroaches or even having an infestation during the summer months. The warm summer weather encourages breeding, sending more roaches looking for food in your home. But it can be hard to miss an infestation as they tend to stay out of the daylight and make their appearances at night.
How Can I Prevent Cockroaches?
No one wants to share their home with cockroaches, but unfortunately, these creepy pests like to invite themselves in. Our everyday habits are like a buffet to the cockroach, but thankfully, there are things we can do to help prevent an infestation.
Watch the Crumbs
Even the tiniest crumbs left around are an open invitation for cockroaches. So arm yourself with a good vacuum and keep those crumbs off the floor at all times. Get behind appliances when you vacuum and be extra vigilant in the kitchen.
Wipe counters down regularly, especially before you go to bed. Roaches are especially active at night! You can also try to eliminate any food from leaving the kitchen area and ask people to eat at the table only.
Seal Things Up
Roaches enter homes through cracks in the foundation or crevices in windows and doors. But if you are proactive and close those gaps with weatherstripping or caulk, you can make it much harder for the critters to get inside.
Keep the Kitchen Immaculate
As mentioned above, cockroaches love kitchens. But by being vigilant about cleaning your kitchen and reminding other family members to do the same, you can stay ahead of them.
Always have cleaning products ready to go and keep your garbage in a sealed container. Don’t leave unwashed dishes in the sink as they are a huge temptation to roaches.
You can also help ward off roaches by keeping your food in plastic containers or bins, as they can easily chew through cardboard.
Because cockroaches love humidity, you’ll want to pay attention to those leaky pipes and faucets. Inspect behind toilets and under sinks for any leaks and moisture. You can also use a dehumidifier to dry areas like the basement that may take on water.
How Can I Eliminate German Cockroaches?
Sometimes, no matter what we do, we can’t quite get rid of cockroaches. This is when you need to call in a professional exterminator, such as My Pest Pros. Armed with the latest and best tools for eliminating the problem, a pest control expert professional is worth every penny. The peace of mind you have in knowing your problem will be taken care of is what counts.
Call us at 703-665-4455 or visit My Pest Pros to learn more about how we can help you eliminate and prevent cockroaches.