Pest Off Pest Control provides full service roach exterminator and control services, including evaluation, inspection, and extermination As a potential client, it is our responsibility to you and to all consumers to find out more about roach risk and prevention in any residential or commercial location here in the Texoma area. Pest Off Pest Control Services, a licensed Pest Control company in Texas is in business to make sure you have peace of mind about the health and welfare of your family and business when dealing with suspected roach infestations.
Roach control begins with prevention and sanitation. Prevention just means keeping the roaches out of your home. No matter the species of the roach, prevention and sanitation are the keys to successfully controlling them. Keeping screens repaired and the doors and windows shut will help, but most of the time roaches hitch a ride into the house in bags or boxes. So inspect everything before it comes in your house. Any sign of roaches or eggs, or brown liquid stains is a red flag.
The next step is sanitation. Vacuumin will eliminate cockroach skins and feces that cause cockroach allergies. Vacuum everything thoroughly in every nook and cranny. Scrubbing everything with hot soapy water will remove the cockroach feces that contains a chemical (aggregation pheromone) that attracts cockroaches to an area. Then eliminate the roach necessities, that is, food water and shelter. If you can do this step well, roaches will find it very difficult to get established. After all would you want to live where there was very little in the way of food, water or shelter?
Getting Rid of Roaches
Different species of cockroaches respond to different extermination tactics, and a tactic used for one species will not be effective on another. This means you need proper identification of the cockroach, which can be difficult to those not familiar with these insects and you will most likely go through a few methods before being successful or just giving up.
First, determine whether you have a problem with German Roaches (most common) or Large Roaches. German Roaches prefer a warm, moist environment (your kitchen and bathrooms). You can bring them home from your grocery store, flea market, day care center, your friend’s home or any place where you carry things back in bags, boxes, etc where roaches may hide. Large Roaches, or what some people refer to as Palmetto bugs and “flying roaches”, prefer a cool damp area (sewers, septic tanks, cellars and basements, mulch, etc…) and usually wander in from outdoors.
Cockroaches affect more people than any other insect. They are vectors of bacteria, fungi, and viruses. In addition to spreading Salmonella, which causes food poisoning, they also carry Streptococcus, Staphylococcus, Clostridium, and Coliform bacteria, the tubercle bacillus, and other bacteria and pathogens which may cause abscesses, boils, Bubonic plague, diarrhea, dysentery, gastroenteritis, intestinal infections, leprosy, lesions, Typhoid fever, and urinary tract infections. They vomit partly-digested food materials and continually defecate while eating and pose significant health hazards by transmitting diseases (bacillary dysentery, typhoid fever, cholera, polio, amoebic dysentery, urinary-tract infections, diarrhea, and infectious hepatitis). The debris created by cast-off cockroach skins, dead bodies and droppings can aggravate allergies, especially in children and sensitive individuals. They are truly nasty insects!
Identify Your Roach Problem
Cockroaches have existed for millions of years, and there are thousands of species throughout the world today. In Texas, the most common roaches are the smaller German Cockroach, and the American Cockroach (or Large Cockroach).
The German cockroach is a small species of cockroach, typically about 1.1 to 1.6 cm (0.43 to 0.63 inches) long. Iit varies from tan to almost black in color, and it has two dark, roughly parallel, streaks from behind the head to the base of the wings. Although some types haves wings, it can barely fly, although it may glide when disturbed.[Of the few species of cockroaches that are domestic pests, it probably has the widest distribution. It is very closely related to the Asian cockroach, and to the casual observer, the two appear nearly identical and may be mistaken for each other. However, the Asian cockroach is attracted to light and can fly like a moth, while the German cockroach cannot.
- German cockroaches the most common species found in Texas.
- They are relatively small, measuring 13 to 16 mm long..
- They are pale brown in color, with two dark-brown stripes behind the head..
- Typical lifespan is up to 12 months.
- They produce more eggs than other species..
The American cockroach is the largest species of common cockroach. American cockroaches are native to Africa and the Middle East. Despite their name, they are believed to have been introduced to America and the New World only from the 17th century AD onwards as a result of human commercial patterns, including the Atlantic Slave Trade.
- American cockroaches are the largest cockroaches commonly found in homes, growing up to 53 mm (over two inches) in length..
- They are reddish-brown to brown in color, with light yellow bands around the shield behind the head..
- Both males and females of this species have wings and are capable of flying short distances..
- Lifespan is up to two years and are commonly found in households where food is stored..
Control & Eliminate Roach Entry
The best way to control roaches is to eliminate their entry. The only problem is that it is impossible to prevent them from entering your home. Fortunately, there are precautions that will make it easier to prevent roach entry.
Paper and Plastic Bags
Roaches like wood products much more than those made of plastic. Roaches are often brought into the home or business in paper bags from the grocery stores or from shipping containers. If possible, use a clean “green” bag from home or use plastic bags.
Shipping containers come from all over the country. You could map out the product path before it comes to your door, but that is impractical. Rather, be aware that shipping containers will often contain roaches. It only takes one roach filled warehouse to infect lots of other buildings through transportation. So, be sure to open shipped products outside and throw the paper containers away immediately.
Door and Windows and Cracks
Roaches, especially German Roaches, can slip through the tiniest crack. If you have open holes, in your home, it will make it easy for them to enter. Small spaces under your front door and windows that don’t shut tightly is an invitation to roaches. Some hot and humid areas have roaches that live in wood piles and at the neighbors. The roaches will come to your home and look for a way inside. Make sure that all cracks and crevices are tightly sealed off.
Control the Nest
While there are numerous ways to control roaches, don’t forget about the nest. Ultimately, the only effective means for roach control is to get rid of the nest. I will repeat that again because it is forgotten by so many people. The only way to have effective control is to get rid of the nest.
Roaches multiply so fast that you can have thousands of them within a very short amount of time. You can kill a few here and there, but that will not do what you need done. Imagine a constant baby factory. That’s what a roach nest is. A single female roach can produce twenty five to thirty thousand offspring a year. Imagine what happens with someone that has a few hundred roaches. You can get into the millions in a short amount of time. Do you see why killing a few here and there isn’t going to help that much?
Control Water and then Food
Roaches, like any life form, have a stronger need for water than anything else. Most nesting grounds are close to a water source. It makes sense. The ideal conditions are what the roaches look for when making a nest. People with leaky pipes, dripping sinks, or leaky water heaters and that leave food laying out are the most attractive places for roaches to “set up shop”.
Roaches exhibit a certain degree of intelligence. In a large apartment complex, they will often put the nest next to a leaky water heater. It keeps them safe, hydrated, and warm. The nest is not arbitrarily put anywhere. Roach ‘scouts’ do a good job of locating good nesting spots.
After you control for water, make sure that all your food is locked down. That means putting it in tight containers that the roaches can’t get into, including in the refrigerator. Food should not be left out.
Final DIY Thoughts
Roach control is an essential element of a pest free home. People that live in hot and humid areas should be more careful to take precautions. The easiest precaution is to treat once a year with boric acid roach paste. This will eliminate the pest the minute it enters your home.
Call Pest Off Today: A Flea Control Services Company with a Plan!
Pest Off is a fully licensed and insured Sherman, Texas based pest control services company. We offer professional roach treatment and extermination programs for our Texomaland residential and commercial clients. Our staff receives ongoing training to keep up with the industry’s best practices for the cockroach control for your home or business. When you contact us to get rid of roaches, your satisfaction is our guarantee! If you are looking for a quality Texoma-area roach extermination service, you’ve come to the right place! Call (903) 814-5002 today!