When fall hits, our minds turn to apple picking, pumpkin patches, and all the comfort food we haven’t eaten in a while. What we don’t spend much time thinking about is a cockroach infestation. However, this is exactly the time of year when we need to be thinking of such things.
Cockroaches are pests that enjoy the warm weather and when they feel the temperatures begin to cool, they go into survival mode. Warm shelter, food, and water are essentials for survival and in the fall they begin to look for a place to live that provides all three of those necessities. Unfortunately, your home is usually a perfect spot to meet all their needs.
Two Common Species Of Cockroaches In Texas
While there are numerous species of cockroaches, two of the more common types in our area are the American cockroach and the German cockroach. American cockroaches are big, typically about two inches in length, while German cockroaches are usually about a half inch in size. Both prefer warm, moist areas, so they can often be found in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms.
Roaches bring a host of problems along with them when they infest a home. They are known to carry dozens of types of bacteria, worms, and parasites that can be transmitted to humans. They contaminate the surfaces they walk over. They also can trigger allergies and asthma in some people.
Cockroaches are not a pest you want in your home; thankfully, there are things you can do to prevent them from getting inside.
- Maintain your yard. Since roaches prefer wet areas, making sure your property is well-maintained with good drainage is a must. Keep your gutters clear and if you use mulch, consider keeping it away from the sides of your house. Outdoor garbage bins should be tightly covered at all times and kept a bit away from your home. Remove debris from trees, bushes, and shrubs to keep moist hiding areas to a minimum.
- Look for ways in. Do an inspection of the outside of your home to see where cockroaches could enter. Remember that they’re small, so even the tiniest cracks could be a way inside. Seal all cracks and holes you find in your foundation. Fix holes and gaps in your siding. Look for gaps around windows and doors and fix them. Cover all outside access points, such as vents and mail slots.
- Keep things clean inside. Although roaches can invade even clean homes, they’re likely to feel most at home where there is a lot to eat. Crumbs are a feast for cockroaches, so keep your floors swept or vacuumed. Clean countertops regularly. Don’t leave dirty dishes out. Keep food stored in the refrigerator or in containers with tightly fitting lids. Take out the garbage frequently.
- Manage moisture. As previously mentioned, cockroaches thrive in moist environments. Consider using dehumidifiers in rooms that are the most humid, and keep those areas well-ventilated. Keep an eye out for water leaks and if you find any, repair them immediately. And fix any water-damaged property that has occurred.
- Call the experts. If you think you already have a roach infestation or you just want reassurance that your prevention methods are as good as they can be, call the professionals at Innovative Pest Control. We will root out any current cockroach problems, as well as help you prevent any costly future infestations.
Get in touch with us today to learn more about our residential pest control solutions; you will be glad you did!