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It can be unsettling to find cockroaches on your property, or worse, to find cockroaches inside your home. Today, we're going to take a look at how concerned you should be when you discover roaches and discuss what you can do to deal with the roaches you find. At the end, we'll go over a few ways pest control in Plano works to address this pest problem.

Common Types Of Cockroaches That Invade Plano Homes

We have four common types of pest roaches in our area. They are American, German, Oriental, and smoky brown cockroaches. If you have a cockroach infestation, it is likely to be an infestation of one of these roach species.


The worst in terms of structure-infesting pests is German cockroaches. These insects have taken to living in man-made structures so much that there are currently no known populations of German cockroaches found in the wild. The worst in terms of health concerns is the Oriental cockroach. These roaches are extremely dirty, but fortunately, they don't do well inside man-made structures; they need damp habitats and rotting organic matter to thrive.

Why Roaches In The House Are A Major Health Concern

Most pest cockroaches are associated with dirty things. The more a cockroach species is drawn to gross things, the greater the health concern it presents. If you have any of the pest roach species listed above crawling around in your Plano home, you should be aware that there are likely to be diseases and allergy issues. It is important to know this, not only for health reasons but to give you some perspective as to what you can do to control the roaches in your home. Sanitation is the foundation of any cockroach pest control plan.

  • Keep your home as clean as possible.

  • Deep clean under and around appliances.

  • Manage your trash so that nothing is allowed to sit in the bottoms of your trash bins and rot.

  • If you have a cat and a cat box, make sure your cat is covering all waste in the litter box.

  • Keep your bathroom clean. Roaches feed on hair, dead skin, feces, and other gross things in your bathroom.

  • If you have a dog, make sure to clean up any waste in your yard.

  • Make sure mops and other, potentially dirty objects are kept cleaned and disinfected.

  • Clean drains in sinks that aren't used often, such as a sink in your laundry room, boiler room, or third bathroom.

When you keep things clean, you not only work to deter roach populations and drive roaches out, you reduce the risk of illness. This is a good place to start with total roach control.

Why DIY Cockroach Control Is A Waste Of Time & Money

There are few Plano residents that put up with cockroaches without doing anything to get rid of them. Often, residents turn to cockroach control products to deal with roach problems. The sad reality is that some of these products can make you sicker than the cockroaches in your home. If you use toxic sprays to kill roaches, not only are these sprays topical and ineffective, the roaches in your home are far more tolerant of harmful chemicals than you are. A cockroach can pick dangerous chemicals up and bring them into sensitive areas and present a risk to you and your family.

You are probably already aware that cockroaches are resistant to chemicals, and we're willing to bet that you know that spraying toxic chemicals on roaches is no kind of solution at all. But, what you might not know is that there are many cockroach control products that can fall short in correcting roach problems. The cockroaches in your home have natural defenses that protect them from harmful food sources and environments.


You can waste a lot of money, time, and energy trying to get rid of roaches with OTC chemicals. We recommend sanitation, moisture control, and exclusions for roach control in Plano homes. It is best to get rid of cockroaches naturally if you don't have training in cockroach control.

  • As we mentioned above, keep things clean and sanitary.

  • Fix leaking faucets, pipes, garbage disposals, and other plumbing issues.

  • Install dehumidifiers in humid spaces.

  • Remove organic debris near your home and clean your gutters to reduce damp habitats next to your home.

  • Seal exterior gaps and holes. These exclusions will create a physical barrier.

In many cases, these natural methods are enough to keep roaches out and to keep roaches away from a home. When conditions make control difficult, it is best to get cockroach pest control in Plano. A licensed pest control applicator will systematically address cockroach pressures around your home and address any roach activity in your home.

Call The Pros At The First Sign Of Roaches In Your Home

Do you live in Plano, Texas? If so, you're in our service area. Reach out to us here at All-Safe Pest & Termite when you see signs of cockroach infestation in your home or evidence of cockroach activity in your yard. We use industry-leading control cockroach control solutions to get roaches out and keep them out. Contact us today for prompt assistance.

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