Roaches: Common Hiding Places in Your Home

Roaches are considered by many to be disgusting, known to carry pathogens that can pass on diseases, seem to always sneak up on you in the middle of the night and are simply not pleasant to look at. What is worse than seeing one you may ask? Well, knowing that more could be hiding in your home! Here are some of the most common hiding places in your home, along with things you can do to help to prevent roaches from taking residence with you.

Kitchen Appliances

Common spaces include the back of a microwave, refrigerator and oven. In addition, your countertop appliances such as toasters, coffee makers and mixers can also be roach resorts. Kitchens are often warmer, have moisture and a great place for roach grocery shopping (well, actually, bits of food debris!). Wipe appliances down after meals and use, clean under countertop appliances, vacuum and mop with regularity, carry the trash out and keep sink drains and traps clear. Doing these items eliminates major roach attractants.

Cabinets

Roaches can easily sneak into cupboards to feast on bits of food and crumbs that may have spilled. Clean your cabinets and pantries regularly to make them less attractive. Store foods like grains, pastas and pet foods in air-tight containers. Of course, keep them sealed!

Electronics

Crumbs and food particles can fall in between and under the keys of your computer. Some species of roaches are small enough to wriggle through gaps in the keyboard, and set set up camp in your computer. Make your electronics less attractive to roaches by setting them aside when you eat. Also, using canned air can help to keep your keyboards clean.

Pipes

The plumbing that runs throughout your home tend to be in darker places, such as the basement and under sinks. In addition, factor in moisture from drip and leaks and you now have a cockroach haven! Be sure to regularly check your drains, pipes and faucets to make sure there no drips or leaks. Seal any cracks or holes around plumbing that leads to the outdoors, giving roaches one less access point.

Furniture

Roaches may also camp out on (or in) your couches and chairs; especially if you tend to spill as you snack while watching (or streaming…it is 2019!) TV and movies. Even worse is that roaches can lay eggs in and on your furniture. Help stop this with regular vacuuming of upholstered furnishings and inspecting wooden furniture for egg casings that need to be cleared away.

Nooks & Crannies

Houses and apartments have all kinds of cracks and crevices that are cockroach hiding places. Areas like baseboards and trim, backs of picture frames, corners where you pile up the recycling, and more. Help by getting rid of stacks of debris that attracts roaches. Be sure to inspect your home, sealing all cracks and that baseboards and trim fit flush.

If you feel a bit unsettled knowing about these roach hiding places, you are not alone! Knowing the professionals at S&S Termite and Pest Control jump to your services when you call certainly helps to place your mind at ease. Contact S&S today so that a trained tech can inspect your home and customize a pest control plan that fits your needs.

5 Ways to Check for Bed Bugs in a Hotel Room

Summer travel season is in full swing and bed bugs can be a fast-growing problem for premium hotels and boutique guest houses alike. Bed bugs do not discriminate based on how many stars your hotel / guest house of choice has. Bed bugs are not insects of filth…and are hitchhikers…we transport them from place to place! Notorious for negatively impacting brand image and customer satisfaction, bed bugs difficult to eliminate and can result in revenue loss even into vacant rooms if overlooked, or left untreated. The influx of travelers to and from exotic destinations calls for increased efforts in regular, informed inspections and prompt remedial actions.

Bed bugs are now a significant problem all over the world. There has been a sharp increase in bed bug infestations around the globe since the early 2000’s. In 2016 in Ireland, for example, there was an 80% increase, compared to the same period a year earlier. With the increase in travel everywhere this time of the year, the problem becomes more prevalent.

How to Check Hotel Rooms for Bed Bugs

Mattress and bed frame:

  • Inspect the headboard, and check between and design patterns. Move the bed away from the wall to check behind and underneath.
  • Check all the crevices, corners, joints, carvings and over any small cracks and holes on the bed frame.
  • Inspect the bedding itself. This includes checking the inside and outside of the pillow cases, duvet covers, the fitted sheet, paying close attention to the seams. Don’t just look for activity…look for signs (blood stains, etc.)

Bedside Cabinets:

  • look in the drawers, particularly along the joints and the handles
  • Inspect behind and underneath the bedside cabinet
  • Check ornaments, lamps, and picture frames.

Wardrobe and Skirting Boards:

  • Inspect wardrobes, drawers and other pieces of furniture. This includes inspecting behind, on top of, and beneath, if possible
  • Check in between joints, handles and any crevices, cracks and dents.
  • Inspect the gaps between the skirting boards and walls.
  • Usually the foldable suitcase stand is stored in the wardrobe; check this item as well, especially along the crevices. Remember, bed bugs are hitchhikers, and this is one of the first places we  place our suitcases!

Sofa, chair and throws:

  • Remove the cushions from any seats and check above and below. Look in between joints and crevices.
  • Remove the covers off the cushions and check the seams, corners and zips for bed bugs.

Luggage:

  • Check where the webbing wraps around the frame
  • Inspect along the joints on the stand

What signs of bed bugs should you be looking for?

  • Live Bed Bugs – Bedbugs are small, flat and oval shaped. They have six legs and two antennae and are a reddish-brown color. Adult bed bugs are usually around 5-6mm in size.
  • Blood smears – This happens when a bed bug has been accidentally crushed after a meal and look like small red stains. This comes from the undigested blood meal in its body.
  • Dark/black stains – This comes from the dark liquid bed bugs excrete after a meal.
  • Shed skin – A bed bug sheds its skin in order to grow and move on to the next stage of their life cycle. Once they have fully matured they no longer go through this process. Sightings of shed skin usually point towards indications of a large infestation.
  • Bed bug eggs –  Bed bugs can lay anywhere between 200 and 500 eggs over a two month period, and are usually laid in batches of 10. Bed bug eggs are 1mm long and are a pearly white color.

If you have found yourself with a bed bug problem, the best way to remove bed bugs from your home or business is to enlist the help of a pest control professional, such as S&S Termite and Pest Control.