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Houston Homeowner's Complete Guide To Effective Cockroach Control

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It's often said that if human civilization were to fall, roaches would inherit rulership over the world. Whether that's true or not, you don't have to let them take control of your home! Although, yes, roaches are incredibly prolific and resilient creatures, all things considered, there are plenty of proven prevention measures you can put in place. If it's too late for that, don't worry—there's still hope. In this post, we'll outline all the types of roaches that seek to usurp control of your home, along with the best ways to get rid of them and prevent them from finding their way inside ever again.

Types Of Cockroaches That Invade Houston Homes

Cockroaches of all types are attracted to your home because of its plentiful supply of food, water, warmth, and shelter. Although it may seem impossible to differentiate the specific species of each pest, there are some key distinctions in their appearance and habits that can help you identify which one poses a problem in your case. Here are the most common culprits:

  • The American cockroach can be identified by its large size compared to other species. It bears a distinctive dark brown color, spiny legs, and long antennae, along with semi-functional wings.
  • The German cockroach is much smaller than the other home-invading roaches, with a light brown color and vestigial wings. Don't underestimate it, however, as it boasts the quickest reproductive cycle of any roach.
  • The oriental cockroach, also known as the waterbug, is recognizable by its distinctive shape and shiny black shell. However, due to its preference for secluded areas, you may not see them inside your home unless you know where to look.

The Many Ways Cockroaches Can Be Harmful To Your Health

No matter which species of roach has decided to invade your Houston home, there are some surprising dangers to consider. While most would agree that roaches are unsightly or even creepy, not many realize how unhealthy they can be to have in your home. Not only do cockroaches infest food, but they are also filthy creatures, often caught crawling through carrion, sewers, and feeding on excrement. All of the dangerous pathogens associated with such activities will be carried from their legs, into your home, and eventually onto your food. These pests will prove difficult to remove completely due to their prolific reproduction cycle, so prevention is of the utmost importance.

Natural And Effective Cockroach Prevention Tips

As is the case with most pests, cockroaches find their way into Houston homes in search of food, water, and shelter. They are especially attracted to dark, damp, secluded areas such as under cabinets, behind large appliances, near plumbing, or inside walls. Roaches are stealthy insects, able to slip into many openings that look innocuous to human eyes. Although it can seem impossible to keep them out, there are a few things you can do, such as:

  • Limiting their food sources by promptly storing leftovers in airtight containers, washing dishes as soon as possible, and generally keeping the kitchen clean
  • Practicing proper garbage disposal, tying off trash bags securely, and using tight-fitting lids on bins
  • Eliminating any possible source of excess moisture around the home, such as leaky pipes or faucets, even investing in a dehumidifier for extra effectiveness
  • Sealing up any potential points of entry for the insects, caulking cracks and crevices around the exterior of your home, and installing door sweeps and bug screens

In the end, if you see one cockroach, there are likely many more lurking behind your walls and hiding in the cracks and crevices of your home. For ongoing professional guidance, it's best to partner with a pest control professional. 

The Secret To Total Roach Control

Ultimately, the easiest and most effective means of cockroach control will always be to contact the professionals. Reach out to the experts at All-Safe Pest & Termite, and we'll take care of everything. Call us today to learn more about our cockroach control options!

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