Tips For Keping Your Garage And Vehicle Free Of Cockroaches
In addition to being disgusting and a homeowner's worst nightmare, cockroaches also harbor several potentially dangerous diseases, including leprosy, cholera, dysentery, and giardia. You have gone to great lengths to keep cockroaches out of your home, but chances are, you are neglecting another structure on your property: your garage. Here are a few simple tips to help keep cockroaches out of your garage and vehicle.
Clean Your Garage and Vehicle
Like most pests, cockroaches are interested in properties that meet the cockroach's three basic needs: food, water, and shelter. If your garage and the vehicle inside are a constant source of food and water and provide the cockroaches with shelter, the cockroaches will be drawn to the property and will stay put.
Go through your entire garage and vehicle and remove any food, including crumbs and empty food packages. Eliminate any sources of standing water inside the garage, as well. It is critical to not only perform this initial deep cleaning but to also make sure that you do not allow any food waste, empty packages, or standing water to accumulate in the future, as well.
Check For Points of Entry
Examine the interior and exterior of your garage and pinpoint any ways that cockroaches are making their way into the structure. For example, is there a noticeable gap between the bottom of the door and the flooring? Can the cockroaches squeeze their way through the damage in the foundation? Repair any damage to the structure to prevent future entry.
When it comes to your vehicle, make sure that if the vehicle is parked for a long period of time, whether outside or inside the garage, the windows and doors remain shut and any damage to the vehicle that could allow entrance into the cab or the trunk is also covered.
Look for an Infestation in Nearby Properties
Unfortunately, if there is a major cockroach infestation in a property near your garage, the cockroaches could become so overwhelmed that the pests look for a new location, namely your garage. If the infestation is in another structure on your property, work with a pest control agent to get the infestation under control.
However, if the infestation is in a structure that is not on your property, you may need to contact the owner of the property or your city or county to deal with the cockroach infestation.
Just like your house, your garage is also susceptible to a cockroach infestation. Contact a pest control agent with any other questions you might have about roach control.