What are cockroaches?
In the Houston area, we have to guard our homes against multiple species of cockroaches. In general, cockroaches have oval-shaped bodies with wings that lie flat against the back and are dark in color. They have six legs and antennae that are typically as long or longer than their bodies. It is also important to note that while most cockroaches have wings, very few species fly or only fly short distances.
These insects are prehistoric and have survived by adapting and learning where they can gain easy access to food and shelter. The cockroaches in our region that find their way into our homes and businesses are the German, American, smoky brown, and Oriental.
Are cockroaches dangerous?
Never underestimate how dangerous cockroaches are. They spread many pathogens, including salmonella, E. coli, and dysentery. Having cockroaches in our homes poses a significant health risk.
Their excrement and shed skins put a lot of allergens into the air that can trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks. To add insult to injury, when cockroaches are in your home, they contaminate food, cause food waste, and create unpleasant odors.
The best way to guard your home and family against these dangerous pests is to be proactive and implement regular cockroach control services.
Why do I have a cockroach problem?
Cockroaches are common household pests because our structures provide these scavenging pests with everything they need to survive, from food to water to plenty of hiding spots.
Cockroaches move inside houses on their own from the outside while searching for food and water, or they enter our homes by hitchhiking inside of things like appliances, furniture, delivery boxes, and electronics. Once cockroaches find a way into your home, they quickly make themselves comfortable and are quite a challenge to eliminate.
Where will I find cockroaches?
The most common places to find cockroaches are commercial kitchens, apartments, and homes in urban areas. However, any house is subject to becoming infested with cockroaches. In Houston, cockroaches are a year-round threat you always need to guard against.
If you have discovered evidence of cockroaches in your home, like shed skins, black pepper-like droppings, or a musty odor, the following places are their likely hiding spots:
- The backs of drawers and cabinets
- In cardboard boxes or food containers
- Under sinks
- Inside electrical outlets
- Behind fridges or under stoves
At first notice of cockroaches in your home, contact us so we can schedule an inspection!
How do I get rid of cockroaches?
Don’t try to tackle a cockroach infestation on your own, partner with an experienced professional that offers high-quality, industry-leading home pest control treatments. At Texas Termite Terminators, we help Houston area residents maintain a property that is free of cockroaches and other common household invaders. With the help of our ongoing services and support, you won’t have to share your home with cockroaches now or in the future. To learn more about ridding your property of cockroaches through our residential or commercial pest control services, reach out today.
How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?
The following prevention tips will help you to prevent problems with cockroaches in your Houston area home:
- Cockroaches have an affinity for clutter; remove excess clutter from your yard and inside your home.
- Regularly vacuum and mop your floors and wipe down counters to remove crumbs and sticky spills that cockroaches thrive off of.
- Remove food odors; wash dirty dishes regularly, place lids on trashcans, and store pet food in airtight containers.
- Cockroaches thrive in moisture-rich environments, use dehumidifiers and make sure your home is well ventilated.
Call us now for the best cockroach control services in the Houston area!