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The Important Reason You Must Cover Drain Holes In Summer

 With summer at its height and heatwaves continuing to raise temperatures all around the country, it’s safe to assume that most people shower more often. Summer is also the prime season for pests like flies, wasps, and cockroaches. It’s important to bear that in mind when you shower during the hot season because there is one habit that could be letting unwanted ‘guests,’ especially cockroaches, into your home. Read the article below to learn what to do and what to avoid if you want to keep your living space a roach-free zone.

How to prevent cockroaches from entering your home

Cockroach Prevention In Summer - Important Tips shower drain

As unpleasant as it may be, controlling and preventing cockroaches in your home is important. These critters can carry harmful bacteria, and they are considered a dangerous allergen and asthma trigger. 

The easiest way for cockroaches to enter your home is by crawling through the drain. Luckily, there is a very simple action you can take to prevent this from happening - cover your drain whenever you’re not using it. That means that you should never leave your drain uncovered after you take a shower. It’s especially important to cover the drain with a stopper or a screen before you go to bed. As etymologists and pest control experts point out, cockroaches are mostly nocturnal. That means they are more likely to come out at night. 

But what if you’re worried about forgetting to cover the drain? Swapping your drain to one with smaller holes is also a great solution. The roaches won’t be able to squeeze through the small holes, and your home will be safe and pest-free.

What about the kitchen sink drain?

Cockroaches aren’t restricted to crawling through the shower drain. Unfortunately, they can come through any drain opening, including the kitchen sink. In fact, the kitchen sink may be especially enticing to them due to the bits of food often left in the pipes. To keep the cockroaches away, make sure to rinse your kitchen pipes and garbage disposal regularly with hot water and an appropriate cleaning product. Getting rid of debris and food particles will keep cockroaches away. The kitchen sink drain should also be covered at night, or replaced with one with smaller holes. 

Related: Natural Pest Control - 10 Ways to Get Rid of Various Pests

What can you do when cockroaches have already invaded your home?

Cockroach Prevention In Summer - Important Tips kitchen sink

If a pest problem already exists and you noticed cockroaches coming up through your drain, there are a few proactive steps you can take to fight them. There is no need to go out and buy a designated product, you can use items you likely already have in your pantry. 

Pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by half a cup of distilled white vinegar. Then cover the drain for three to five minutes and pour several cups of cool water. This solution should kill any cockroaches found in the drainpipe. Taking these preventative measures should help you have a safe and clean summer.

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