February 11, 2020

Prevention Is Best When It Comes to Cockroaches in Montgomery

There are four species of cockroaches common in Montgomery, Texas: The German Cockroach, the Brown-Banded Cockroach, the Oriental Cockroach, and the American Cockroach. Like with most pests, preventing a cockroach infestation is easier than trying to remove them once they've decided to make your home their own. Here's what you need to know about cockroaches in Texas so you can take steps to keep them out of your home!

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The German Cockroach

The German cockroach is the one most commonly found in Texas. They are a little shorter than an inch in length and have wings, but they rarely fly. The German cockroach has two dark bands that run lengthwise down their bodies.

Brown Banded Cockroach

Brown-banded cockroaches are about half an inch in length. They have cream-colored bands across their backs, but adults have wings that cover the bands. Male adult brown-banded cockroaches can fly short distances; females do not fly at all. Brown Banded cockroaches are omnivorous and can survive on almost any type of food, so proper sanitation is essential for long-lasting control.

American Cockroaches

American Cockroaches' lengths can reach one and a half inches as adults. They are mainly brown with a yellowish or brownish margin around the edge of their bodies.
They are omnivorous and will readily eat things that humans don't consider food, such as decaying organic matter.

Oriental Cockroaches

Oriental cockroaches are about one inch in length. They are dark-brown to black. They have wings but do not fly. Oriental cockroach control methods vary depending upon location, severity, and environmental factors.

Problems Caused by Cockroaches

All four types of cockroaches can carry and transmit many diseases, including food poisoning, salmonella, dysentery, and typhoid. They can also trigger asthmatic reactions and allergies. German cockroaches are extraordinarily prolific reproductively and tend to become resistant to insecticides, making them difficult to remove using do-it-yourself measures. The different habits and biology of each type of cockroach requires proper identification and specialized treatment from professional pest control technicians for adequate control.

How do I Make my Home Less Attractive to Cockroaches?

The best prevention method for cockroaches is to keep your home clean and dry. Washing dishes every day, often vacuuming to remove crumbs on the floor, and not letting dirty clothes pile up are all instrumental in keeping cockroaches out of your home. Additionally, contain and cover every food item in the house and in garbage cans, so that cockroaches aren't attracted to easy food sources.
Maintaining the exterior of your home can keep cockroaches from sneaking in. Seal off cracks and crevices with a caulking gun. Holes surrounding pipes or wall fixtures can be sealed with copper mesh. All windows and doors should fit tightly and squarely within their frames to prevent both harborage and entry from outside. Eliminating water sources can also kill roaches as they'll quickly become dehydrated without access to water, so check pipes and faucets for sweating and leaking,

How do you Get Rid of Roaches in Your Home?

If your prevention measures didn't keep cockroaches out, the best way to get rid of cockroaches in your home is with the assistance of a professional exterminator. Over-the-counter roach spray generally doesn't eliminate roaches; they just keep them out of sight. A cockroach spray rarely kills cockroaches unless they are sprayed directly, and since cockroaches stay in hiding most of the time, you'll never be able to spray all of the cockroaches to stop an infestation.
Cockroach sprays also won't stop the possible spread of diseases. Over-the-counter roach sprays can contain harmful pesticides that might not be safe for you or your family (pets included). As cockroaches become immune to various chemicals, over-the-counter options may have long term issues in fighting cockroaches.
To ensure the safe and complete elimination of these disease-spreading insects, contact the professionals at Bill Clark Pest Control today.


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