Problems Cockroach Infestations Cause In San Antonio And How To Get Rid Of Them

11/15/2019

There are many species of cockroaches found throughout the United States. However, most of them will never enter your San Antonio home. Here in Texas, there are only four types of cockroaches that typically invade residential and commercial properties.

   

 

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  • American cockroaches: American cockroaches are the largest and most common cockroach species in our area. They have brown or rust-colored bodies with a yellow margin around the base of their heads. American cockroaches have a set of wings, but rarely use them to fly.

  • German cockroaches: These common house-invading pests are oval in shape and are about ½ to ⅝ of an inch in length. German cockroaches are light brown or tan in color and often have two distinctive darker stripes down their backs.

  • Oriental cockroaches: Adult Oriental cockroaches are dark brown or black in color with shiny bodies. They are about 1 inch long and females have two small wings.

  • Brown-banded cockroaches: These cockroaches are only ½ an inch long and are light brown to tan in color. They get their name from the two brownish bands that run down their wings and abdomens.

 

Problems Cockroaches Cause

Cockroaches aren’t pleasant guests to deal with in your San Antonio home. Not only are they disturbing to see running across your kitchen floor at night, but they’re also dangerous. Cockroaches feed on a wide variety of disgusting materials, including animal feces, rotting organic matter, sewage, carrion, and garbage. 

When cockroaches invade your San Antonio property, they bring all the pathogens and bacteria they picked up while crawling around in filthy areas with them. Cockroaches spread diseases into your home by contaminating counter surfaces, food items, and water sources. 

A few diseases cockroaches can introduce to your property include typhoid fever, dysentery, and salmonella. Cockroaches can also be a problem for individuals who are sensitive to the allergens their feces and bodies contain. Some people may experience asthma attacks or allergic reactions due to a cockroach infestation. 

 

How to Prevent Cockroach Infestations

When cockroaches invade, they are looking for two things: accessible food sources and excess moisture. Some infestations might occur when one or two cockroaches find gaps in your foundation, holes made for utilities, or crevices in your exterior walls. But not all cockroach infestations begin this way. Infestations often start when cockroaches are carried into your San Antonio home in boxes or bags. If cockroaches find food and water sources once they’ve gotten inside, they’ll have no reason to leave. To avoid attracting cockroaches to your property, consider the following cockroach prevention tips. 

  • Seal gaps, cracks, and crevices around your home with caulk.

  • Ensure your garbage cans are sealed.

  • Store food items and  leftovers in the fridge or plastic containers.

  • Cut foliage and thick brush away from your foundation.

  • Inspect boxes and bags for cockroaches before bringing groceries into your home.

  • Repair leaking pipes and faucets to reduce excess moisture.

  • Install dehumidifiers.

  • Store pet food in airtight containers when not in use.

  • Install door sweeps on all exterior doors.

If cockroaches infest your property despite using these prevention tips, it’s not recommended to use over-the-counter cockroach sprays to treat your infestation. Most roach sprays contain toxic chemicals that cockroaches may already be resistant to. OTC cockroach sprays are a waste of time, money, and effort. The most effective way to get rid of your cockroach infestation is with the help of the licensed pest experts here at It’s Bugs Or Us. Our cockroach control services will eliminate the source of your problem to remove your current infestation and prevent future roaches from returning. For effective roach control services, reach out to It’s Bugs Or Us today!

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