If you live in Nashville and have a pet roach, you may want to take a step back and consider what kind of precautions you should take.
The roaches in question are commonly known as the Nashville Roach, and their bites can be as bad as those in your home.
It can be tough to keep an eye on your home and yard, but you can do your part to keep the bugs at bay.
Here are the top steps you can take to keep your house and yard roach-free.1.
Use a sprinkler system.
The most common method of controlling roach populations is to put sprinklers on your lawn, and then run them down the center of your property, said Jessica Peltz, a pest control specialist with the City of Nashville.
If you’re in a city with limited outdoor space, she said, you should consider putting sprinklers in your backyard.
“If you don’t have a backyard, consider a system that you have access to,” Pelts said.
“There are some systems that are very effective at keeping your lawn mowed or planted.”
Pelts recommended spraying your lawns every few hours, but also sprinkling the soil every other day or every other week.2.
Check your plants regularly.
Pelting down the soil in your yard is a good way to get rid of roach problems, Pelt, the Nashville pest control expert, said.
You can do this by watering the lawn every other morning and evening, Poth said.
Or, if you live closer to a creek or a stream, you can go out to a pond and put up some plastic fencing.3.
Make sure you check out the water.
“There’s no better way to control roach numbers than to check your water and see if it’s clear,” Poth added.
“If it’s not, then it’s probably not good enough.”
If you live near a creek, Pith said you should fill your yard with filtered water and keep it there until you find out if there are any roach colonies in your pond.
Pelt said there are a number of ways you can keep your lawn and yard free of roaches:1.
Clean the inside of your garage.
Poth recommended you check the garage and make sure it’s clean and not roach breeding grounds.2 and 3.
Use paint that doesn’t contain the pesticide roachkiller.
A paint that contains roach killer is one of the best ways to prevent the insects from getting to your lawn or garden, said Pamela Johnson, a certified pest control professional with the Nashville Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Poth recommends spraying the painted area with a paint sprayer, or by putting the paint in a container in your garage, and letting it sit out for a day.4.
Spray your outdoor lawns.
Pile a little bit of sand or gravel over your lawn when you get home, and place it in a sprayer.
Pelt suggested placing a few inches of gravel on the outside of the house, then using a spray bottle to spray your lawn every day, and every other Wednesday.
Watch for the signs of roa.
Pelt recommended keeping a close eye on roach sightings in your area, and checking in on your yard every couple of days.
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