Why Are There So Many Cockroaches During The Summer?

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Why the Cockroach Population Seems to Increase in the Summer

There’s no question: summer pest control can be a challenge. And as it turns out, there’s a reason for it. The bug population really does increase in the summertime. Roaches here in South Carolina are no exception.

During the fall and winter, the cockroach population shrinks noticeably. Why? The answer is simple: like most insects, cockroaches are cold blooded and have difficulty dealing with cold weather. As the weather cools down, cockroach activity begins to decline. Many cockroaches will die, but many more will simply seek shelter in a warm, humid place where they can wait until winter passes.


As you might have guessed, that warm, sheltered place is often the inside of your home. Cockroaches will take up residence during the fall or winter, although you may not notice them due to their decreased activity level.

When the weather warms up, though, cockroaches will emerge from the walls, basement, drain pipes, and other sheltered spots in your home in search of food. As a result, you might encounter them in your home in the springtime.

Additionally, spring and summer are cockroach breeding seasons. This results in an increase in the overall roach population here in South Carolina. And when the weather outside gets too hot even for cockroaches, they’ll enter your home in search of more hospitable temperatures. All of these factors combined means that you’re likely to encounter far more cockroaches in your home during the summer than you would in the colder months.


How Does a Roach Infestation Start?

Many people are under the false impression that simply keeping their homes reasonably clean will eliminate the possibility of a roach infestation. On the one hand, of course, it’s important to keep your home tidy: leaving food out overnight in the kitchen or allowing crumbs to collect in your cabinets will only increase the likelihood of roaches taking up residence in your home. But the reality is that simply keeping your home clean isn’t always enough to keep roaches at bay.

Roaches are able to fit through very small openings and can enter your home through the tiniest of cracks and crevices. They can also hitch a ride into your home via boxes, grocery bags, suitcases, and even recently purchased furniture (that’s right: both new and used furniture). Keeping your home clean won’t necessarily keep cockroaches out.


How to Keep Summer Roaches Away

Want to keep roaches away this summer? Roach control in South Carolina involves taking a number of preventative steps.

First, as just mentioned, it’s essential to remove potential roach food sources. Don’t leave food sitting out, and make sure you keep your kitchen tidy. If you spill food or drink, don’t let it sit: clean it up right away. The same goes for dirty dishes in the sink.

Make sure that you store food properly in your home, too. Uncovered food is an easy target for roaches. There are other less obvious food sources that have to be eliminated, too. For instance, it’s a good idea to keep pet food in a sealed, airtight container that roaches can’t access.

Another preventative step you’ll want to take involves removing potential roach habitat from your home. If you have a lot of trash, yard debris, cardboard boxes, or other materials lying around your home -- whether in your living area, your basement, or out in your yard or garage -- you’re essentially offering roaches the ideal conditions for breeding. Keep things tidy, and you’ll reduce the likelihood of a roach infestation.

As mentioned earlier, roaches can enter your home through even the smallest cracks and crevices. For this reason, it’s important to go around the outside of your home and seal up any openings that you find.

Finally, do your best to control moisture in your home. Summer pest control involves reducing humidity, and installing a dehumidifier in your basement (or other damp areas of your home) can go a long way towards reducing your chances of experiencing a roach infestation.


Roach Control in South Carolina

At the end of day, summer pest control in South Carolina can be challenging. Even if you follow all of the preventative steps above, you may still end up with a roach problem. Our warm, humid climate is ideal for roaches, and sometimes no amount of prevention will keep them away.

But if you do end up with a roach problem, you don’t have to deal with it alone. The professionals at Home Pest Control can help. We have the knowledge and experience needed to get rid of roaches in your home. Our environmentally friendly methods are designed to tackle the toughest of roach infestations, all while keeping you and your loved ones safe. Contact us today to get started.

Want to learn more about how to keep roaches and other pests away this summer? Click the button below to download our free Summer Pest Control Guide!


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May 4, 2020

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