Cockroaches

What are cockroaches?

There are several types of cockroaches that can be found invading properties here in Texas, but the most common cockroaches to invade homes and business are the American, smokey brown, Oriental, Asian, and German cockroach species. Cockroaches are generally oval in shape, and about 13mm to 50mm in total length. These pests vary in color but are typically dark tan, brown, or black in color. When it comes to properties they invade, cockroaches prefer to hide and breed in areas that are dark, warm, and damp. Some species of cockroaches (such as the American, smokey brown, and Asian) have wings but may not often use them to fly.

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Are cockroaches dangerous?

Cockroaches do not generally bite, cause damage to homes, or pose any real physical threat to your property. However, cockroaches are one of the biggest carriers of certain diseases, which can pose a serious threat to your health. Diseases are picked up when cockroaches travel through sewage, garbage, or animal carcasses, and are spread as they crawl across your floors, food, or counter surfaces. Diseases cockroaches can transmit include cholera, typhoid fever, dysentery, and Salmonella.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

When it comes to cockroaches that invade homes, they are usually seeking one or more of the four things they depend on to survive and thrive. Food, warmth, shelter, and moisture are all resources that cockroaches will enter homes for. Cockroaches may be more likely to invade homes with gaps and cracks around utility openings or through your foundation, and if they can find an easily accessible food source, they will never have a reason to leave!

Where will I find cockroaches?

Most homes have areas where cockroaches can hide comfortably and reproduce at a rapid rate. More often than not, these areas provide cockroaches with darkness, moisture, shelter, and food. When these pests find a way inside, they can generally be found in kitchens, basements, bathrooms, laundry rooms, under sinks, and in the backs of cabinets.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

Because cockroaches are great at hiding and capable of reproducing at a rapid rate, getting rid of a cockroach infestation on your own can be frustrating, or even impossible. The most effective way to keep cockroaches off your property is by contacting a professional pest control provider like It’s Bugs Or Us™. We offer green products that protect your home and the environment at the same time. Our team of licensed pest professionals is focused on giving you just what you need to achieve a pest-free home all year long.

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

Removing things that attract cockroaches to your property can be the key to keeping them away.
 
Some of the major attractants for cockroaches include:

  • Moisture, including water damage, leaking pipes, and faulty drains.

  • Food sources, such as pet food, open trash cans, improperly stored food items, and food or drink spills.

  • Sheltered places where they can hide, including leaf piles, decaying debris, old logs, cardboard boxes, and discarded paper.

Professional pest control is always your best bet when it comes to keeping cockroaches away from your property. Thankfully, the pest technicians here at It’s Bugs Or Us™ are always standing by and ready to assist with your pest control needs. To learn more about how we treat cockroaches, or to schedule your free inspection, reach out to us!

 

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