Cockroaches

What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are common pests that can be found invading homes and businesses all around the world. These pests are prolific breeders, can squeeze their way into any home or business, and are extremely difficult to get rid of. How cockroaches look depends on their exact species, but they typically have oval-shaped bodies, long antennae, and six legs covered in spines. The two most common species of cockroaches found in our area are the German cockroach and the American cockroach.

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German Cockroaches
German cockroaches are small, prefer to live indoors, and are most often identified by the two black stripes that run horizontally behind their heads.

American Cockroaches
The American cockroach is a large species of cockroach that prefer to live outdoors, but often find their way inside homes and businesses while searching for sources of food, water, and shelter. These roaches are commonly identified by a yellowish-colored figure-eight marking that is located behind their head.

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Yes, cockroaches are considered dangerous pests due to the large number of health risks they pose to people. They can quickly contaminate food sources with their saliva and excrement and their shed skins and feces trigger allergic reactions or asthma attacks in some people, especially in young children or those with weakened immune systems. But by far the biggest threat that cockroaches pose when they invade is the wide range of bacteria, parasites, and human pathogens they spread that can cause diarrhea, dysentery and salmonella poisoning. Before finding their way inside, they often travel through unsanitary environments including garbage piles, drains, sewers, carrion, and excrement.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

Cockroaches find their way into homes and businesses in many different ways, though they regularly make their way inside while foraging for food sources.
 
When invading homes, some common entrance points for cockroaches include:

  • Cracks and crevices in your home's foundation and exterior walls

  • Spaces underneath doors and around windows

  • Uncovered vents

  • Open windows and doors

  • Holes in screens

Cockroaches are also unknowingly brought inside homes and businesses via deliveries, used furniture, used appliances, cardboard boxes, or even on potted plants that have been brought indoors from outside. And once inside, they can continue increasing their populations, growing the cockroach infestation in your home.

Where are cockroaches commonly found?

German cockroaches are more often than not found living inside, particularly in homes and restaurants. These roaches prefer to nest in warm, dark, humid, and secluded places inside our homes such as behind appliances, underneath cabinets in kitchens and bathrooms, in laundry rooms, and in pantry areas.
 
American cockroaches prefer to live outside on trees, in garden areas, underneath mulch, and in sewers and drains. They move inside while searching for food or when the weather outside becomes unfavorable. When living inside, American cockroaches hide out in humid rooms including kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and laundry rooms.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

The easiest way to completely eliminate cockroaches and prevent future problems with them is with the help of a pest control professional. Here at Bug Head Pest Control, our experienced professionals can provide the comprehensive services needed to find and eliminate all the cockroaches living in your home or business, and prevent their return. If you are looking for quality cockroach control services for your Dallas-Fort Worth area home or business, reach out to us at Bug Head Pest Control!

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

The following tips can help you to reduce your chances of attracting cockroaches to your Texas property:

  • Reduce areas of heavy vegetation on your property.

  • Make sure outdoor trash cans have locking lids on them.

  • Keep your outdoor eating areas cleaned up.

  • Make sure weather stripping is placed around windows and doors.

  • Seal spaces found around wires, cables, pipes, and other utilities entering into your home.

  • Repair leaky pipes and fixtures to reduce moisture build-up.

  • Use dehumidifiers to reduce humidity levels inside your home.

  • Wipe up spills, and vacuum your home’s floor regularly.

  • Inspect packages, used furniture, and appliances for cockroaches.

 

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