September 16, 2020

8 Effortless & Effective Cockroach Control Tips For Montgomery Property Owners

Cockroaches are one pest that most people view with disgust, and for good reason. Not only are cockroaches invasive and hard to remove, but they are also full of many pathogens and germs. This makes them one of the most dangerous household pests in the Montgomery area as they carry diseases that can be very harmful to humans.

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If you find cockroaches on your property, you might be wondering what species you are dealing with as there are over 30 species of cockroaches found in Texas alone. However, these five species are most common, so we’ve provided a quick guide to help you tell them apart.

German cockroaches: These roaches are tan to light brown color and have two black stripes that run horizontal and parallel behind their heads to the top of their wings.

American cockroach: This is probably the species you think of when you imagine a cockroach. They are the largest species in the area and can grow up to three inches in length. They are a reddish-brown color and have a figure-eight pattern behind their heads.

Oriental cockroaches: This species is often known as the water bug or black beetle. They get these nicknames because they are black and have a shiny appearance. They only grow to be about an inch long.

Brown-banded cockroach: They are one of the smallest species in the area and are a tan color with dark brown markings. Their legs also have an almost translucent look.

Smoky brown cockroach: You can identify this species because of their dark mahogany color and their large wings. They are uniform in color and can grow to about an inch and a half long.

Why Are Cockroaches Dangerous?

When most property owners see cockroaches, they get stressed out because they want to remove them as soon as possible. We all have a sense that cockroaches are an unsanitary pest, but not everyone is aware of all the reasons why cockroaches are dangerous.
Cockroaches tend to live in places like sewers, garbage dumps, and around waste and toilets. They then carry the germs they pick up and can spread them around your home or business. This can lead to contamination of food, countertops, and other high-contact surfaces. Cockroaches can spread around 35 diseases including:

  • Typhoid Fever
  • E. coli
  • Cholera
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Dysentery
  • Leprosy
  • Plague

On top of all of these other health risks, cockroaches can also cause allergic reactions and asthma attacks.

8 Tips On Preventing Cockroaches

Because of the safety concerns with cockroaches, taking steps to prevent them is very important. While you can’t always completely deter cockroaches, there are some things you can do to reduce the risk of an infestation.

Here are eight of the best and simplest cockroach prevention methods:

  1. Reduce moisture content by fixing leaky plumbing.
  2. Get rid of excess moisture by using dehumidifiers.
  3. Make sure that areas like basements and crawl spaces are well-ventilated.
  4. Repair window and door screens to help keep cockroaches out.
  5. Place weather stripping around doors and windows.
  6. Clean often including sweeping and decluttering.
  7. Keep drains cleared and clean.
  8. Seal up cracks in walls and the building’s foundation.

Assistance With Cockroach Control

Cockroaches are a pest that requires prevention and control because they pose so many risks. Instead of trying to remove these difficult pests on your own, get help from the experts at Bill Clark Pest Control. With over 60 years of experience, our technicians can provide effective prevention and removal services. We even offer no-obligation inspections at no cost.


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