Thirty species of cockroaches are known to exist in Texas. Thankfully, only a few are considered indoor pests. The vast majority live their entire lives outside, and that’s just fine by us!
In the Houston area, there are three types of roaches you’ll generally deal with : German cockroaches, American cockroaches and oriental cockroaches. It is not uncommon to see Asian, Cuban, or Surinam cockroaches scurrying around in your kitchen though.
German roaches are tiny little tan things that breed like crazy. If you see one scurry across your floor, you can be sure that there are a ton of them in your walls.
American cockroaches, often called palmetto bugs, are recognizable by their size. They are a reddish color and can grow to about 2 inches long. If you see one of these nasty buggers, it is sure to make an impression as they are larger than the smaller german roaches.
Oriental cockroaches are a shiny black color and most commonly are found trying to get into buildings through cracks, holes or sewer lines. They tend to feed on garbage and other decaying matter.
Cockroaches don’t bite, but they are considered dangerous because they can carry bacteria and disease into your food cabinets and drawers. So, if you find roaches in your home or apartment, get a professional to assess the problem. Many families fight illness and allergies and don’t even realize the cockroaches in their home are to blame.
There are a few measures you can take to make your home less appealing to roaches of all species.
- Clean and disinfect your floors regularly, especially in hard to reach places, likeunder the fridge, behind or on the sides of your stove, and at the back of your cabinets. Spilt juice is notorious for attracting cockroaches, even after it is dry and sticky, roaches will crawl over each other to get to it.
- Don’t leave a puddle, anywhere. Roaches need a water source. If you have any leaky faucets, get them fixed.
- Don’t leave crumbs on plates, and especially the floor. Roaches love a midnight snack. If you have had a roach encounter, you should keep all of your food in sealed plastic bags. You would be surprised what boxes and containers roaches can get into.
- Keep your trash can covered at all times.
- Piles of papers and cardboard, especially if they are damp, are attractive to roach females when it comes time to lay eggs.
- Clean your dishes immediately. Don’t let them sit around with food on them.
The cleaner your home, the less attractive it is to roaches. Do-it-yourself roach control methods like traps, and bait, can help keep them at bay as well, but they don’t root out the problem. Don’t take a chance on your family’s health, have a professional pest control technician assess and roach-proof your home or business.
Contact Holder’s Pest Solutions today for your cockroach control issues.