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No two cockroach infestations are exactly the same. Some cockroach species are worse than others, some conditions make an infestation more hazardous to health, and certain living conditions can create additional challenges. Join us as we give you a quick primer for cockroach removal in SugarLand. We'll tell you how to identify common roach species, how they're unique, what conditions make roaches more hazardous, and what works best for cockroach removal. If you've been dealing with cockroaches in Sugar Land, you'll find some helpful tips and insights here. If you stick with us all the way to the end, we'll give you some smart, all-natural tips that can help you make your home a roach-free environment. Bear in mind that these tips will take effort on your part. For stress-free cockroach pest control in Sugar Land, contact us for professional service. Your All-Safe Pest & Termite team is not only trained to exterminate roaches, but we also know how to get rid of cockroaches forever. Connect with us to learn more. We're here to help.

Physical Characteristics Of Roaches: How To Identify Them

Some cockroach species are worse than others. It is helpful to know what you're up against and what you'll need to stop these pests. The four common cockroach pests in our service area are American, German, oriental, and smokybrown cockroaches.

Here are a few facts you should know about each:

American Cockroaches

Medium Pest Threat: Medium Health Risk

These are massive cockroaches. If you see one, you'll likely know it immediately. But if you need more of a description, they are chestnut brown with a yellow mark on the back. The mark is positioned between the head and the top of the wings. Unfortunately, you aren't likely to catch a glimpse of these cockroaches until you have a significant infestation, even though they're so large. Like most roaches, they are nocturnal insects that roam at night. And, even at night, they have a propensity to stay hidden. What you need to know most about American cockroaches is that they have a high moisture requirement. If you keep a dry home, these pests are less likely to want to live with you.

German Cockroaches

High Pest Threat: Low Health Risk

These small roaches are the worst pest roaches listed here because of their affinity for living in human dwellings. Over the centuries, their presence indoors has caused them to have more exposure to control products. All cockroaches are adaptive animals that alter themselves genetically for better survival. The German cockroach is the only species known to have populations of bait-averse offspring. On top of this, they have a strong resistance to control materials. If you're able to catch a glimpse of a German cockroach, you can identify it by its tan color and two black lines on its back. Contact a licensed professional at the first sign of these roaches in your home and save yourself a lot of misery.

Oriental Cockroaches

Low Pest Threat: High Health Risk

These mid-sized cockroaches are exceptionally dirty. While this makes them harmful to your health, you may control them by applying a high level of sanitation indoors and near the exterior of your home. Oriental cockroaches also require a lot of moisture and, like American cockroaches, are deterred by dry environments. So, of all the roaches listed here, these are the easiest to control under most circumstances. You can identify oriental cockroaches by their dark reddish brown to black coloration and lack of visible wings.

Smokybrown Cockroaches

Medium Pest Threat: Medium Health Risk 

These cockroaches are dark brown to black and have wings that cover their backs and hang past the end of the abdomen. They're also prone to use their wings. If you see cockroaches flying around in your home, you probably have a smokybrown cockroach infestation. When it comes to controlling smokybrown cockroaches, humidity and moisture control are key. They have a high moisture requirement. When it comes to health concerns, these roaches fall on the low end because they commonly live in outdoor wooded areas. But we put them at medium because they are attracted to the damp conditions found in sewer culverts.

These cockroaches are unique in their own ways. Using what we've discussed so far, let's look at the dangers these cockroaches present and connect these dangers to how you may get control of cockroaches, particularly those oriental roaches.

Health Risks Of Roaches: The Dangers Of Cockroach Infestations

The primary reason cockroaches are a threat to human health is that they are filthy insects. When cockroaches crawl in unsanitary places, they pick up contaminants that they carry with them. Along with spreading germs, they also leave droppings when they infest structures and shed their body parts, which are considered allergens.

Sanitation limits how dirty cockroaches can get. You can clean trash receptacles, keep bagged trash in sealed containers, clean recyclables, thoroughly clean mop buckets, make sure cats cover their waste in cat boxes, clean your bathroom, and take other steps to prevent roaches from getting dirty. One of the reasons German cockroaches are the least dirty of the roaches listed above is that they often live their entire lives indoors. If you keep a clean home, German roaches will remain somewhat clean. Unfortunately, they'll still leave their droppings everywhere and shed their body parts.

Sanitation reduces one factor that attracts cockroaches to your home. When you apply sanitation, control humidity, address moisture problems, and seal entry points, you can significantly deter cockroaches. You'll also reduce the health risks at the same time. But, we still recommend contacting a licensed professional when you find signs of cockroaches in your home, no matter what kind of cockroaches you find. Roaches grow their populations quickly, and a small threat will turn into a big threat over time if roaches decide to live with you, even though the conditions aren't favorable. Professional cockroach control is also ideal for tricky infestations, for instance, trying to get rid of cockroaches in your apartment.

Professional Roach Extermination: Call The Experts Right Away

It pays to have an expert deal with cockroaches. Not only will you get the results you want, you won't have to do the hard work yourself. When you contact All-Safe Pest & Termite, what can you expect? Our licensed technicians use field-tested methods to track infestations and systematically arrest cockroach activity.

  • We identify the cockroaches in your home.
  • We appropriately select a bait that will be effective for your infestation.
  • We apply bait using protocols to prevent bait aversion.
  • We evaluate the success of the bait program.
  • We use other control materials as needed, such as injecting dust material into wall voids.
  • We use products to track cockroach activity and evaluate the success of the treatment program.
  • We use a complete strategy that works to prevent cockroaches from continuing to enter your home from the outside.

Now that you know how to get rid of cockroaches in your house, let's look at how to prevent a cockroach infestation in the first place. Taking these steps can help you prevent the cost of roach extermination.

Preventing Cockroach Infestations: Tips For A Roach-Free Home

There are many ways you can deter cockroaches and keep them out of your home. As you can probably guess, many have to do with sanitation, moisture and humidity management, and exclusion work.

Here's what works.

  • Rake leaves and remove organic debris near your home to remove humid habitats.
  • Move objects away from your home so roaches can't hide under them and find protection from the sun.
  • Wash exterior trash receptacles with soapy water to remove smells.
  • Get trash receptacles to the curb weekly so your trash doesn't sit too long and start to grow an aroma.
  • If you have compost, make sure it is properly mixed.
  • Apply fertilizer only when needed and in the amounts needed for plant health.
  • Pick up dog waste in the yard.
  • Use expanding foam to seal holes, gaps, and voids.
  • Weather-proof your home.
  • Clean your home routinely.
  • Deep clean as necessary.
  • Protect food by keeping containers covered when sitting out on the counter.
  • Limit how long pet food stays in bowls on the floor.
  • Fix leaking faucets and other plumbing issues.

These and similar steps can help deter cockroaches and guard your health against roach-related sickness. For greater protection with less hassle, remember that All-Safe Pest & Termite offers residential pest control service plans that provide a high level of exterior protection to bolster your defenses and give you the absolute best protection against future infestations. Jump over to our contact page and drop us a line. We'll get back to you quickly and help you zero in on the right cockroach and pest control solution for your home and family. You don't have to battle cockroaches on your own. Your All-Safe Pest & Termite team is here to give you the support you need, so you can spend time doing the things you want to do. Leave those roaches to us. Reach out today to get started and to learn more about out residential an commercial pest control services in SugarLand.

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