Growing up in a house full of girls, I unofficially took on the role as my father's only son. So when the time came to fix a leaky sink or change the oil in the family car, it was me that stood by my father's side. Thanks to him and everything he taught me, I am now able to take care of myself and my children in a way that not everyone can. I have tried over the years to engage my own daughter in the same way my father engaged me, but she's currently more interested in playing with dolls than fixing potholes. After my father passed away last year, I vowed to find a way to pass on everything he taught me, this blog is my way of keeping that promise. I truly hope that you learn as much as I have over the years.
Few things can be more disgusting to a homeowner than spotting cockroaches in the kitchen. Hiring a pest control company to come and spray your home can help, but keeping your kitchen clean is also a necessity. If you follow these five daily cleaning tips, you can help keep cockroaches out of your home.
1. Take the Trash Out Daily
One of the easiest ways to keep cockroaches and other pests out of your kitchen is to take your trash out daily. Even small scraps or particles of food can seem like a buffet to your average cockroach, but it only takes a few minutes to take the trash out so that you don't have to worry about it. Also, make a point to wash out your trash can regularly to get rid of any spills.
2. Keep Food Out of Your Sink
It can be easy to get lazy about dishes, but doing so can attract cockroaches more quickly than you think. Wash dirty dishes as quickly as possible. If this isn't possible, at least scrape and rinse them to get rid of food particles that might attract bugs.
3. Clean Your Drains
Your kitchen sink drain probably ends up with more food in it than you even notice. Use a drain cover to help catch any small pieces of food, and clean out your drain several times a day. Along with preventing cockroaches, this can also help prevent odors in your kitchen and plumbing-related clogs. Occasionally, clean out your drains with a mixture of baking soda and vinegar to help get rid of any stubborn grease or food particles that might have gotten stuck.
4. Spray Your Countertops Down
Keep a solution of bleach and water -- or another favorite antibacterial cleaning solution -- close at hand, and wipe your counters down regularly. This will help get rid of any small spills or food particles that you might not have noticed and will also combat grease, which can attract cockroaches.
5. Clean Your Floors
No matter how careful you might be, there are bound to be food spills on your kitchen floor throughout the day. By sweeping every day, you can help pick up food crumbs before they attract cockroaches or find their way into cracks and crevices that might be hard to clean out. It's also smart to mop your floor daily or to at least spot clean it by wiping up any small spills that you see.
Daily cleaning might not be fun, but it's important if you want to keep cockroaches at bay. Follow these tips, and get on a good pest control routine with a local pest control company, and you shouldn't have to worry nearly as much about these creepy critters. For more cockroach control tips, contact a company like Antex Exterminating Co Inc.