How Cockroaches Get Inside East Texas Homes

In our East Texas service area, the four types of cockroach we see most are American cockroachesGerman cockroachesbrownbanded cockroaches, and Oriental cockroaches. While each of these roaches behave slightly different, they all get into our East Texas homes the same way and they all have the same reason for coming in close to our homes. Here's what you need to know.

Entry Points

Cockroaches are incredibly mobile. They can climb walls and traverse ceilings upside down. This allows them to gain entry into a home through points from the bottom to the top. When they find a gap or crack, they're able to compact their bodies to squeeze into spaces smaller than they are. So it is hard to keep cockroaches out. But it isn't impossible. Do an inspection around your home a seal these potential entry points and your home will be more resistant to roaches:

  • Door sweeps at the base of doors.
  • Weather stripping around doors.
  • Broken seals around the outside of door frames.
  • Broken seals around the outside of window frames.
  • Window or door screens.
  • Holes chewed by insects and rodents. These may be in door and window frames but also in wood that has been compromised by water damage. A common area of vulnerability is the sill of a home, just above the foundation wall.
  • Gaps under garage doors.
  • Gaps around pipes and wire conduit.
  • Vents that are not protected.
  • Roofline holes and gaps in soffits.
  • Holes created by rodents and wildlife on the roof, especially around exhaust pipes.
  • Gaps that form between a chimney stack and the side of a home.
  • Gaps around roof vents.

Attractants

All cockroaches love moisture. Any conditions in your yard that promote dampness or humidity will increase the attractiveness of your yard. Damp areas that are close to your foundation walls are the most important to address.

  • Examine your gutter system to make sure there are no blockages or areas where your gutters are broken.
  • Examine exterior spigots and hoses for leaks.
  • Trim bushes to allow good airflow in your landscaping.
  • Trim tree branches to let sunlight into locations that stay moist near your home.

Food is another motivator for cockroaches. If they come into your yard and find a food source, they may decide to stay.

  • Make sure all exterior trash bags are in sealed trash receptacles and do a routine cleaning of your receptacles to keep the smell of decaying organic material to a minimum. When you have dirty receptacles, it is like ringing the dinner bell for cockroaches!
  • If you have fruit trees, berry bushes, or a garden, prevent produce from laying on the ground and rotting. Fruits and vegetables will become much more appetizing to cockroaches as they begin to rot.
  • If you have dogs, cats, or livestock in your yard, put food down only during meal times.
  • Cockroaches love compost. Be sure to protect your compost or keep it far from your home.

When roaches come into your yard, sometimes the only thing needed to keep them around are objects for those roaches to hide in. Any lawn clutter can become a home for cockroaches. They'll hide inside objects and underneath objects that are sitting in your yard.

Threats

Cockroaches aren't just disgusting insects, they are known vectors for human pathogens and mechanical vectors for harmful bacteria. Cockroaches are implicated in the spread of more than 33 kinds of bacteria including Salmonella and E. coli. They also have the ability to spread at least six parasitic worms. If cockroaches get into your East Texas home, they should be addressed quickly.

Cockroach Control in East Texas

If you're seeing roaches around your home, or worse, crawling around inside your home, it is a good idea to reach out to a licensed professional. A professional knows what products to use, how much to use, and where to apply those products. If you need assistance with this, we can help. The team at Innovative Pest Control is one of the best in the industry and we back all of our services with our Make It Right Guarantee. We don't just guarantee our services; we make it right! That's real peace of mind. Get started by requesting a free, no-obligation pest inspection. We'll figure out what cockroaches you're dealing with and outline a plan to comprehensively solve your problem.  

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