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Cockroach Identification & Prevention

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What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are insects that can tolerate a range of climates and are found worldwide. There are over four thousand species of cockroaches, but only a few dozen live alongside people. The following are the most common species in our area:

  • American cockroaches: The largest home-invading species, these roaches are reddish-brown with a yellowish figure-eight pattern behind their heads.
  • Asian cockroaches: Although similar in looks to German cockroaches, these roaches have long wings and can fly, whereas German cockroaches have wings shorter than their bodies and can’t fly well.
  • Brown-banded cockroaches: These roaches are light brown with two dark bands around their wings and abdomen.
  • German cockroaches: The most common roach species, German cockroaches are small and tan to light brown with two dark stripes behind their heads.

Cockroaches can be incredibly difficult pests to deal with. For help eliminating cockroaches and other pests from your home, contact us today!

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Although cockroaches can bite, they will rarely do so. They are also not aggressive and will likely scurry away if you get too close. But when it comes to these pests, you don’t need to come into contact with one for it to make you sick. Cockroaches carry and spread many different diseases, including salmonellosis, gastroenteritis, typhoid fever, staphylococcus infections, and E. coli. These diseases can be transmitted through contaminated food and surfaces that the roaches crawled across or through their excrement. Cockroaches can also affect allergies and asthma.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

Texas is high on the list of states with the worst cockroach problem. So if you have an infestation of these pests, you can blame the weather we have here. However, your property may be inviting cockroaches with factors conducive to these pests. These factors include accessible food sources, water or dampness, an easy way indoors, and a cool, dark place to hide. Luckily, the things that make your home attractive to cockroaches are controllable, so you can address them and keep cockroaches out of your home.

Where will I find cockroaches?

Cockroaches are nocturnal, so they will find somewhere to hide during the day, coming out at night to scavenge for food. Because cockroaches aren’t picky with what they eat, they are not limited to kitchens and eating areas to access food sources. Since roaches love moisture, they are usually found in basements, bathrooms, kitchens, under sinks, and appliances.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

Get rid of cockroaches from your Beaumont property easily with assistance from our service professionals. At Pestco Professional Pest Control, we first inspect the interior and exterior of the property for roaches and conducive conditions. Once we understand the pest pressures you are experiencing, we will discuss a treatment plan and available options.

With our Beaumont home pest control and commercial exterminator services, you don’t have to worry about handling these dangerous pests yourself. Contact us at Pestco Professional Pest Control to learn more about our Integrated Pest Management program and schedule a free inspection.

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

The worst thing is to get rid of a pest just to have it come back again. You can keep this from happening with cockroaches by using these simple tips to make your property less attractive to them:

  • Remove food sources: Store food properly, remove garbage and use bins with tight-fitting lids, and clean up food debris like crumbs.
  • Remove water sources: Repair any leaking pipes and faucets, keep your gutters clear of debris, and use dehumidifiers in rooms that are prone to moisture buildup.
  • Remove entry points: Seal any cracks in the foundation and exterior walls, install covers on drains and vents, and repair damaged screens.
  • Remove harborage areas: Declutter your home and keep it organized, maintain your yard, and remove any unnecessary organic debris from your property.

The best way to prevent cockroaches from returning is with ongoing control services. Call us at Pestco Professional Pest Control to learn about our monthly and quarterly plans.