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Tips to keep pests from putting you out in the rain


It is safe to say that we have had a lot of rain in Mobile this summer. And while that may be annoying because it disrupts your summer plans, the rain should have you thinking about how Mother Nature’s critters adapt to the wet environment.

Pests like snakes and cockroaches can easily adapt by finding a dryer place to live… like your home. Snakes commonly slither into dry places with a minimal amount of human interaction or where they can easily hide, like crawl spaces and garages.

Cockroaches have a bit of a different approach than snakes. Cockroaches live in larger colonies, so when one cockroach discovers a dry home with a place to live, it tells its cockroach buddies. Then before you know it, you have a cockroach infestation on your hands.

So here are some tips to avoid welcoming snakes and cockroaches into your home:

  • Keep your home tidy. Cockroaches are drawn to leftover food on unwashed dishes, garbage that is not sealed, and small puddles of water/spills.
  • If you have a recycling pile, take it to the recycling station frequently. Cockroaches and snakes like to live in hidden areas, and cardboard boxes make safe homes. Also, little bits of leftover food can attract cockroaches to your recycling bin.
  • Disturb as many places in your home as possible. If you have a nook in your carport where you never go to, there’s a good chance snakes or cockroaches will go there first. Check the places regularly to keep them clean and pest free.
  • Lastly, if you find snakes or a roach infestation in your home and know that you are not able to handle the situation yourself, call a professional to help you. Cockroaches carry bacteria and allergies and can harm your health. Snakes are sometimes not so easy to identify, and encountering a venomous snake would make a not-so-good situation really bad.

Don’t let pests take over your home and put you out in the rain. Handle infestation situations quickly, and be sure to call BugMaster if you have any problems.

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