We get questions about cockroaches all the time. While these insects are extremely common, residents know very little about them. A lack of knowledge can lead to unnecessary complications when dealing with a roach problem. That's why we've put together this quick guide to frequently asked questions.
Today, we'll look at the big four. What kinds of roaches are in Sugar Land? What are the safety concerns? What is the best way to get rid of cockroaches? How do I keep cockroaches from coming back? If you'd like quick answers, remember that your All-Safe Pest & Termite team is available to help with cockroach pest control in Sugar Land.
What Type Of Roaches Are There In Sugar Land?
Cockroaches have many similarities, but each species is somewhat unique. If you're hoping to keep cockroaches away, knowing a few important facts about each is helpful. Here's what you need to know.
These are widely considered the worst pests to invade properties. Why? It has to do with their ability to thrive inside structures. You will invariably need cockroach control products for any German cockroach infestation. If you see a small tan cockroach with two black lines on its back, it is a German cockroach.
These are some of the dirtiest cockroaches because they are attracted to damp and unsanitary environments. But you can use their need for moisture and a lack of sanitation against them. Keep things dry and clean to deter these insects. If you see a cockroach that is entirely black, it is an oriental cockroach.
These are the largest roaches that get into Sugar Land residences. They can grow to over 2 inches in length. American cockroaches are highly adaptable and can live indoors or outdoors with little problem. But they're not particularly fond of dry habitats. Moisture and humidity control may drive these insects away. If you see a reddish cockroach with a yellow back and two brown dots, it is an American cockroach.
These are also large roaches. They range from 1 ¼ to 1 ½ inches. These cockroaches are usually found outdoors, underneath bark, under leaf litter, and in woodpiles. But they can create an indoor infestation. They prefer warm conditions, and you may have some success driving them out with cold temperatures. If you see a cockroach that looks like an American roach but has yellow coloration on each side toward its head, it is an Australian cockroach.
Smoky Brown Cockroaches:
Under the right conditions, these roaches can create a lot of trouble for homeowners because they are capable fliers. But, like oriental and American cockroaches, they need a lot of water to survive. You can use this against them to help deter them from invading your home. If you see a dark brown roach, it is likely a smoky brown cockroach.
As you can see, there are some unique differences between cockroach species. We'll give you some specific ways to use this information in a moment. First, however, let's look at the risks involved with having cockroaches infesting your Sugar Land home.
How Roaches Spread Around Dangerous Pathogens
When you have a cockroach infestation in your Sugar Land home, is it cause for concern? Are roaches as bad as you've heard? Yes and no. Cockroaches can live in your house without making you sick, at first, anyway. But, as the population grows, the risks of having a roach infestation also grow. Here are some important facts you should understand about how roaches can make you sick:
- Some cockroaches lay their egg pouches (or ootheca) in decaying organic matter. When the eggs hatch, they emerge as six-legged insects called nymphs. These insects immediately come into contact with disease-causing organisms. Cockroaches spread these invisible organisms as they get into stored foods and move about inside your house.
- All pest cockroaches eat unsanitary things, including fecal matter. Since this is the case, they can pick up harmful organisms at any time. They also carry organisms in their guts, which are also in their droppings. Cockroaches leave their droppings as they search for food.
- Cockroaches have allergens in their waste, saliva, and body parts. As an infestation grows, so do the allergens in a home. Research shows that cockroach allergens increase hospitalizations for individuals with asthma.
A clean home is resistant to the spread of cockroach-borne diseases, but these insects get into tight spaces and dark voids that are hard or impossible to clean and naturally spread allergens. There is no foolproof way to avoid illness with these insects in your home. But you do have the ability to reduce the impact.
What's The Best Way To Get Rid Of Roaches?
Cockroaches are adaptable insects. A cockroach nymph can shed its exoskeleton to escape the toxic agent when exposed to something harmful. On top of this, it can generate a new skin that will provide more protection from the agent. What does this mean? We've thrown everything but the kitchen sink at cockroaches, and, over the last century, they have become genetically immune to several control materials. That is why they're not easy to restrain.
German cockroaches are the most resistant of all pest roaches due to the level of exposure they have had to control materials. Some German cockroach populations are also born with bait aversion, which makes them even harder to control. The best way to get rid of roaches is to hire a licensed pest management professional. When you contact All-Safe Pest & Termite, here are a few things you can expect:
- We identify the specific roach species and select products that are known to work on them.
- We consider the conditions of your infestation and tailor your treatment to account for variables.
- We use methods developed by industry experts to apply treatment materials.
- We use inspections and monitoring devices to evaluate the success of our treatments.
- We use a comprehensive strategy that works to arrest cockroach activity and address the conditions that are allowing roaches to create a problem.
- We do appropriate follow-up visits to ensure complete control.
If you're having trouble with cockroaches in your Sugar Land home, let us know. We can provide advice, service options, and pricing. We're available by phone, text, or email. You can connect with us anytime to get the help you need.
How Can I Prevent Roaches From Coming Back?
Once the cockroaches are gone, you will want to keep it that way. While your professional treatment comes with some exclusion work and treatments to prevent new roaches from replacing the ones removed, some exterior measures are necessary to ensure the greatest level of protection. You can get that protection with no effort on your part by getting started with a residential pest control plan like Safe Select. You can also take steps to keep cockroaches out yourself. Here are some tips that will help.
- Clean out any debris from your gutters and ensure rainwater can flow freely down and away from your home. Doing so will help you avoid damp conditions next to your house, which are sure to attract cockroaches.
- Blow leaves out of your landscaping and remove any organic debris. Trim plants near the base, pluck weeds, and remove unwanted grass. The goal is to remove dark, damp hiding places for cockroaches.
- Remove stacked wood or stone near your house. Cockroaches love tight spaces and are particularly attracted to natural materials. They'll also get into an old appliance and other man-made items, so remove these as well.
- Wash down your trash containers to remove smells that lure cockroaches to your home. Consider using scented bags to mask the aroma further. Get your trash to the curb, and always keep your containers covered.
- If you have a compost heap, make sure to mix it properly. Keeping your compost aerated is the secret to reducing smells that attract cockroaches. Turn it routinely or add puffy materials that allow for airflow through the material.
- Inspect your doors, windows, foundation, and sole plates for tiny gaps. A cockroach can squash its body and slip through a space that is no more than half its height. No opening is too small to seal. Use expanding foam for this task.
Obviously, this is not a comprehensive list of tips. Every property is slightly different. Use this as a guide to consider how your property might invite cockroach troubles. The key factors to consider are sanitation, moisture, tight spaces, and dark hiding places.
If you ever need assistance with local cockroach control or want to get started with a pest control plan for your home, connect with us. Your All-Safe Pest & Termite service team is familiar with all the pests you're dealing with on your property and inside your house. We've been providing pest solutions in Sugar Land since 1984. Our team has the training and experience to help you get the results you want. Text us any time and speak with our agent to get fast answers to your questions.