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How to Protect Your House From Roaches with Natural Methods

There are few pests that homeowners hate more than roaches. These insects are vile and dirty, which is why homeowners do everything in their power to keep them out. Roaches feed on both pet and human food. As they drag their bodies across surfaces in the home, they leave behind microbes that trigger allergic reactions in many people. Once roaches infest a home, it’s hard to get rid of them. People who live in apartments are even more likely to get roaches because if only one apartment becomes infested, the roaches can travel through the walls to other apartments.

Natural Methods

The best way to deal with roaches is to prevent them from entering a house in the first place by repelling and discouraging them with natural methods. For example, placing chili pepper mix or spraying hot pepper around the base of a home discourages roaches from entering. The taste and smell is a natural deterrent. Another natural repellent is mint oil because roaches don’t like the aroma; simply place the oil around the house.

Other Natural Methods

Cedar has been used for generations as a way to repel all kinds of bugs, including roaches. This is often why wood shingles are made out of red cedar: The scent of the wood is a natural repellent that keeps bugs from wanting to nest in the shingles. This same concept can be used around a home to keep roaches from nesting. Homeowners can scatter small cedar chips around the hidden areas of their houses. Many homeowners prefer this method because it’s an organic and safe alternative to insecticide.

Clean Home

Another way to prevent a roach infestation is to avoid leaving food out overnight. Clean counters, floors and under large appliances so that leftover food particles don’t attract roaches. While it’s important to keep every room of the house clean, this is even more important for the kitchen. Roaches are naturally attracted to areas of the home that are warm. As a result, they often nest during the day under refrigerators and stoves because large appliances generate heat and create the perfect dark environment for roaches.

Professional Assistance

While natural remedies are a great way to keep roaches at bay, it’s difficult to get them out once they enter a home. This is when it becomes necessary to contact a professional. If you’re seeing telltale signs of an infestation of roaches, contact Clegg’s online or on the phone at 888-672-5344 for a complete evaluation of your situation.

How to Protect Your Home From Cockroaches?

EcdysisCockroaches can be a serious problem for homeowners, and not just because they are unsightly. Cockroaches can spread disease, and it is even possible to be allergic to cockroach droppings. Whether you are dealing with the oriental cockroach, the smokybrown cockroach, the German cockroach or the particularly large American cockroach, there are some ways to help prevent them from getting into your home. These tips can help keep cockroaches out and then help you deal with them if they do make it inside.

Find and Seal Any Exterior Holes

Rather than fighting cockroaches in your home nonstop, figure out how they are getting in and prevent their entry altogether. Search the exterior of your home for any cracks or holes. Fill these holes with caulk or an all-weather sealant. Even if a crack seems small, roaches can still surprise you and find their way inside.

Clean Your Kitchen Every Day

A clean kitchen can be a key way to help keep roaches out of the home. Never leave dirty dishes in the sink or uneaten food on plates overnight. If you have a dishwasher, make sure that it clicks closed at night, as cockroaches can still find their way inside otherwise. Scrub cabinets and countertops with a mixture of water and detergent to cut any grease and leave your kitchen completely clean. Invest in a special cleaning solution for stovetops and use it every two or three days if there is any caked-on food residue.

Get Rid of Excess Cardboard

If you have any old corrugated cardboard around the house, toss it out. Cockroaches can eat cardboard, but even more frustrating is the fact that cardboard boxes can serve as a shelter for the pests and are seen by cockroaches as an attractive place to lay eggs.

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Tips for Eliminating Cockroaches in the Warehouse

CockroachPreventing a cockroach infestation isn’t the easiest thing to do in a warehouse. The roaches can choose so many cracks and crevices to call home where they are normally left undisturbed. Although cockroaches are mostly harmless to humans, they can cause problems in large numbers. They can damage cardboard, contaminate food, and cause bad odors. In other words cockroaches can create an unsanitary work environment in your warehouse. Follow these tips to get rid of those pests once and for all.

Eliminate Food and Water

You probably can’t tell your fellow coworkers they can’t bring food into the warehouse for lunch. But what you can do is limit the desire for cockroaches by making sure the garbage is disposed of quickly and carefully after they are done eating. Seal your garbage tightly and lock it in cans so that roaches can’t get in. Roaches will feast on any morsels of food and water they can find. If you cut off their supply, they’ll be less likely to infest your warehouse.

Reduce Number of Hiding Spots

Roaches can only stay in an area where they find cool, dark, and damp hiding places so it is best to investigate for cockroaches often. You probably can’t rearrange the entire warehouse on the drop of a hat, but you can remove extra cardboard, boxes, and other clutter to eliminate these areas. You should also try to patch as many holes and cracks in your walls as possible because roaches can hide inside walls just as easily as they can hide in other places.

Professional Service

The most effective way to get rid of cockroaches is to hire a professional service to take care of it for you. Professional services, such as Clegg’s Termite and Pest Control, use a combination of bait and liquid alternatives to control the pest population in their warehouse.

For more information on eliminating cockroaches, or to learn about Clegg’s online reporting system that will allow consumers to see current pest activity as well as view trending reports for their own information and for all auditing purposes, contact Clegg’s online or by phone at 888-672-5344.


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Cockroaches: The Truths and Myths About Them

449px-Cockroach_closeupMost people would agree that cockroaches are the creepiest of the creepy crawlers. You catch sight of them out of the corner of your eye as they go scurrying off somewhere. Finding a roach in your kitchen sends you on a cleaning spree that means pulling everything out of cupboards and off the counters. There is a lot of information out there about these critters, some of it true but some of it myth.


Headless Wonders
It is true that a cockroach can live without its head. They can live up to a week without their heads because they have an open circulatory system and can breathe through holes in each segment of their body. However, without a mouth they cannot drink water and eventually die of thirst.

Not A Drowning Victim
Cockroaches can hold their breath for as long as 40 minutes. If you try to drown them, they can be held underwater and survive for up to half an hour. Holding their breath for long periods of time allows roaches to regulate their water loss, so they have developed the ability to hold their breathe for long periods.

Cockroaches have been around for a long time. It is believed that cockroaches first appeared in the Carboniferous Period, which makes their species more than 280 million years old. There are a little over 4,000 varieties of roaches worldwide. The two most common types are the German and American cockroaches.


Cockroaches Live Only in Dirty Houses
Most people believe that roaches only live in dirty houses. Colonies of roaches can be found in the walls of even clean homes. However, the colonies of cockroaches are typically larger in dirty homes, because they find more bountiful food supplies in dirty homes.

Party All Night Long
Many believe that cockroaches are active all night long. While they are nocturnal animals, roaches are only active for about 4 hours each night, although, these creepy houseguests can be seen at other times of the day and night.

Lights Out!
Cockroaches prefer the dark; however, they are not actually afraid of the light. The reason they scurry when the lights come on is that the light means that humans have arrived on the scene.


Nuclear Cockroaches
You have heard it many times. Cockroaches are going to be the only survivors of a nuclear war or that after testing of nuclear weapons that the only survivors were roaches. Some scientists believe that they will survive, while others argue that they will not survive.

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Steps to Identify a Cockroach Infestation

Clegg's Pest Control | German CockroachNo family wants to find out that their home has become a breeding ground for cockroaches. Cockroaches can spread diseases, especially those affecting the stomach and intestines, and be a general nuisance. Homeowners can take several steps to determine whether they are dealing with a cockroach infestation.


Live Cockroaches

First, they should be on the lookout for live cockroaches. Most of the time, cockroaches hide during the day because they are nocturnal creatures. However, if the pest problem is big enough, they may be seen in their favorite hiding places even during the day. Homeowners may particularly notice cockroaches in places that are warm and moist, such as behind or under large kitchen appliances, in crawlspaces or attics and in sinks or drains. They also frequently hide in narrow spots, such as under rugs and in cracks in walls and floors. Cockroaches have flattened, oval-shaped bodies measuring up to two inches long, six legs, antennae and brown or black coloring.


Second, even if the homeowner does not see any live roaches, he or she may notice their casings lying around the home. This is one of the most typical signs that there is an infestation. The casings appear after a roach hatches from its egg. It then leaves the thin brown casing behind. The casings, also called oothecae, are usually oval-shaped and can be found scattered in somewhat difficult to see places on the floor, such as behind furniture.

Brown of Black Feces

Third, homeowners may notice small unexplainable brown or black specks on their floors or belongings. This is often feces that is inherent in a cockroach infestation. The amount of feces that is seen may indicate how big of a roach problem the homeowner has. Most feces will look similar to coffee grounds although larger roaches may produce larger, cylindrical feces.

Musty Scent

Finally, homeowners with a cockroach problem may notice a telltale smell. The smell, which is often a musty scent, comes from the bodies of many cockroaches. However, the smell can do more than simply irritate one’s nose; it may also penetrate food that is left out on tables or counters.

Homeowners in North Carolina who notice any of these common cockroach problems should contact Clegg’s Termite and Pest Control. A pest control professional can inspect the home thoroughly and outline a plan for elimination. With today’s excellent methods of cockroach extermination, no one needs to live with these unwelcome pests.

For cockroach treatment and eradication, contact Clegg’s online or via phone at 888-672-5344.

Home Remedy Fact or Myth: Does Pouring Bleach Down the Drain Stop Roaches from Using It for Travel

American CockroachThe last thing you want to see as you stumble into the kitchen for breakfast is a roach skittering around in your sink. The shock will wake you up faster than any cup of coffee ever will, but the knowledge that roaches are using your drains as a sort of highway could turn the strongest of stomachs. These pests carry diseases with them and can live in between the walls of your home as well as your pipes.

You might have heard that you can pour bleach down your drains in order to stop roaches from using your plumbing to roam around your house. Most people know that bleach sprays can be used to kill errant roaches that skitter around your floors. In a desperate situation, you might be ready to put an entire jug of Clorox down your bathtub drain, but does it really work?

Bleach can kill roaches on contact, so pouring it down a drain will really only work if your plumbing is full of the pests. As roaches like to be close to a source of water, you could kill them and flush them out of your drains using this method. Following it up with a few cups of boiling water can catch any roaches that might have survived the bleach.

You need to be very careful about how and when you use bleach, as it is corrosive and toxic to humans just as it is to pests. If you pour it down your sink or into your toilet bowl, make sure that you keep a nearby window open for ventilation and that you do not get any bleach in your mouth or eyes. Wash your hands as thoroughly as possible after you are done, and store the bleach away from children or pets.

So as it turns out, using bleach to keep your drains roach-free might be a good idea. However, carefully pouring bleach down a drain is an efficient short term solution if you have spotted a few roaches in your sinks or your toilet and you can kill them immediately. If you have a full-blown infestation, you will definitely need to get in touch with a professional instead. Misusing bleach in an attempt to kill the roaches in your home could end up causing you harm as well.

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