Dallas's Step-By-Step Guide To Cockroach Prevention
August 14, 2020 - Cockroaches
If only there was a way to teach cockroaches proper social distancing. Maybe then they wouldn’t get so many of us sick. Unfortunately, this just isn’t the case. Cockroaches don’t care much about our health, all they care about is filling their tiny little stomachs. If you are worried about cockroaches sneaking into your Dallas home, we have just the thing for you today. Here is our step-by-step guide to help you properly prevent cockroaches.
A Brief Look At Common Area Cockroaches
Texas is home to a few different species of cockroaches. Here is what you need to know about each.
American cockroaches are known for being the largest species of roach here in the states and can grow to be upwards of 2 ⅛” long. These large roaches can be best identified by their reddish-brown bodies and the yellowish figure 8 pattern on the back of their head.
German cockroaches are by far the most common roach across America and in most areas of the world. To identify this smaller roach look for its flat light brown to tan body and two almost parallel stripes right behind their head.
Oriental roaches are thought to have originated from the Black and Caspian Seas. These large roaches can be best identified by their sleek dark black bodies.
Smokybrown cockroaches are fascinating to look at, mostly because their antennae are as long or sometimes even longer than their body. As for color, smokybrown roaches are typically uniformly black, mahogany color.
Roaches Aren’t Just Dirty, They’re Dangerous
Cockroaches are known for spending their time around filthy areas. Because of this, it is common for roaches to pick up and carry several different dangerous bacteria, human pathogens, and parasitic worms. These sickness vectors are then spread throughout the homes that cockroaches infest mostly by the fecal matter and urine cockroaches excrete regularly.
If all of this wasn’t enough, cockroaches can also trigger asthma attacks and allergic reactions. They do this with their shed skin, excrement, and urine, which are all allergens. As cockroach infestations become worse over time, the air inside can start to feel dustier and make breathing more difficult, especially for people with preexisting respiratory problems.
The Best Place To Start With Cockroach Prevention
Cockroaches love clutter. Keeping this in mind, the best thing you can do to start with your very own cockroach prevention is to deep clean and declutter your home. By doing this you not only limit the number of places cockroaches can hide, but you also eliminate available food sources. Once your home is clean, do your best to keep it clean. One way you can do this is to pick up messes as they happen and to restrict the number of rooms you eat in your home to just one or two.
To take your cockroach control to the next level, here are a few other things our experts recommend:
- Store leftover foods and beverages inside airtight containers.
- Make sure all pantry food is properly sealed.
- Pick up and clean out your pet’s food and water bowls after they are done eating.
- Use a caulking gun to seal up gaps and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation.
- Make sure all of your door sweeps are in good condition.
- Fix leaky pipes and fixtures in and around your home.
- Make sure your gutters and down-spouts are all in good working order.
- Invest in pest control for your home.
There is no better way to keep a home cockroach-free than with high-quality pest control, courtesy of Greenforest Termite & Pest Control. We have been successfully handling all types of pests since 1984 and would be happy to assist you in finding the right solution to get and keep your home pest-free.
Reach out to our team today to learn more about our Dallas, TX residential and commercial pest control methods, or to schedule your Dallas home to be treated for cockroaches.