Why Having Roaches In Your North Dallas Home Is Bad News

April 15, 2020

For centuries, roaches have been synonymous with filth. Perhaps this is due to the environments they choose to live in. It could also have to do with the rotting and decaying food they eat. What might surprise you is that roaches are actually one of the cleanest insects around. Their grooming habits are almost ritual. The only question is, does this affect how dangerous or problematic they can be inside your North Dallas home? Let’s find out now.

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Common Home Invading Roaches

Here in North Dallas, we have four different types of home-invading cockroaches. They include the German cockroach, the brown-banded cockroach, the Oriental cockroach, and the American cockroach.

  • German cockroaches are brown to dark brown in color, ½ an inch to ⅝ of an inch in length, and have two dark stripes that run down the center of their back.

  • Brown-banded cockroaches are light brown, grow to be roughly 1/2 inch long, and are equipped with a capable pair of wings.

  • Oriental cockroaches are typically dark black in color, can grow to be over an inch in size, and most commonly have a shiny sheen to their bodies.

  • American cockroaches are reddish-brown in color and can grow to be upward of 2 inches long, which is larger than most other species of cockroach

Are Cockroaches Dangerous?

This is the big question. If cockroaches aren’t dirty, are they still dangerous? The answer is yes, cockroaches are still incredibly dangerous. Although clean on the outside, cockroaches can still pick up many dangerous diseases through the foods they consume. These diseases can be transmitted to people via their fecal matter left throughout homes. Some common diseases cockroaches spread include salmonellosis, typhoid, poliomyelitis, and dysentery.
Cockroaches also cause trouble for people with allergies and asthma. This is mainly because of the skin they shed during their development. These skin particulates are picked up into the air and moved throughout homes just like dust, causing breathing problems for susceptible individuals.

Can Cockroaches Be Prevented?

As pests go, cockroaches are about as crafty as they come. Where most pests will crawl over the exterior walls of a home for a few minutes and give up when they don’t find a way inside, cockroaches will literally crawl through sewer systems to get from house to house. This is only one way cockroaches can find their way into your North Dallas home. With cockroaches' keen ability to infiltrate your home, here are some ways you can make your property less attractive and accessible to roach invaders.

  • Seal up gaps and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation and around window and door frames using a caulking gun.

  • Make sure all of your exterior doors are equipped with door sweeps.

  • Fix or replace broken window/door screens.

  • Clean the inside thoroughly and regularly.

  • Store leftover foods inside airtight containers.

  • Pick up pet food and water bowls before heading to bed at night.

  • Repair leaky pipes throughout your home.

  • Make sure gutters are in good working order.

  • Use a dehumidifier to reduce humidity throughout your home.

The Best Way To Keep Roaches Out Of Your North Dallas Home

Since roaches are so tricky, you are going to need a smart solution to keep them out of your North Dallas home. At Bug Head Pest Control, we pride ourselves on our inventive and efficient methods for keeping cockroaches out of homes. If your home requires quality, long-lasting cockroach prevention, we have exactly what you need. Give us a call today to find out more about our roach control or to schedule an appointment for your North Dallas home. Our team is yours when you need them.

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