In Longview, there's more than one type of cockroach that can invade your property. And whichever cockroach takes over, there are a few ways in which you should handle the invasion. The next time you find a cockroach on your property, know the best way to get rid of it.
Understanding The Root Of The Problem
There are several types of cockroaches in Longview. One of the largest types is the American cockroach, a reddish-brown property-invader with a yellow band around its head. The German cockroach is also frequently found within structures; to identify this smaller roach, look for two black lines on the head.
Highly attracted to water, Oriental cockroaches sometimes make their way into homes and businesses if a moisture source strikes their fancy. They're dark and sometimes appear black in color, and while they prefer living outdoors in warm weather, they may come indoors to escape drought-like conditions.
Whichever cockroaches you have in your property, you can expect them to be attracted by two basic features - food and water. No matter how hard you try, it's practically impossible to eliminate either feature from your home: after all, you literally can’t live without them! Even if that’s maintained hygienically, garbage cans and plumbing fixtures will still be constant attractions to cockroaches.
How They Get In
Cockroaches ambush your structures in various ways. If you have any gaps around your plumbing pipes, these pests could crawl in and follow your pipes. Additionally, they may enter your property through cracks and holes in your walls or foundation.
Screens with holes in them also pose as potential roach entrances. When you have space around your doors and windows, you can also be certain that roaches can use the openings as entrances.
What You Should Do
Once roaches get into your home, they reproduce at a rapid rate. All local roaches have short reproductive cycles, which leaves you with an uncontrollable pest infestation in record time. The longer you wait to remove cockroaches from your home, the worse the infestation will become.
And while cockroaches aren't notorious for causing damage, they do cause health complications. In addition to triggering allergies, cockroaches also spread disease. They contaminate your food and surfaces, putting you and everyone on your property in danger of getting a serious illness.
Before it's too late, you need to find a way to effectively remove cockroaches from your home. Professional help is the only truly effective method of cockroach elimination.
As soon as you notice signs of cockroaches or you see a cockroach in your home or business, you should call an expert. They can assess the situation and determine the best way to handle the infestation. As with most pest control issues, there's no one-size-fits-all approach to cockroach removal.
Why DIY Efforts Don't Work
All too often, property owners decide to try DIY methods before calling in the professionals. Unfortunately, there are a few issues with this: for starters, most DIY methods are ineffective. They don't remove all cockroaches from your home, which allows the remaining cockroaches to reproduce and thrive.
Secondly, some DIY methods are dangerous. If you're using harsh chemicals to eliminate cockroaches, you need to take certain safety precautions, otherwise, you or someone on your property could experience a negative effect from the chemicals.
Finally, trying a DIY method simply just postpones the inevitable. It wastes time and increases the chances of someone becoming ill from a cockroach-borne disease.
Contact Us To Learn More
The best way to protect you, your family, or your business from the dangers of cockroaches is with professional assistance. If you're ready to get started, contact the Innovative Pest Control team today.