Cockroach Identification

What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are pests that have withstood the test of time. Adaptability and survival are their strengths, which makes controlling and eliminating them difficult. People living in urban areas or anywhere food is stored are susceptible to a cockroach infestation. Since we store and eat food in our homes, this means we are all at risk of living with cockroaches at one time or another.

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Three of the most common cockroach species invading homes and businesses across Texas include American cockroaches, German cockroaches, and Oriental cockroaches.

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Cockroaches are considered dangerous and problematic for many different reasons, including:

  • Food poisoning
  • Dysentery
  • Tapeworms and roundworms
  • Viruses and bacteria

Cockroaches can also trigger allergies and increase the risk of asthma attacks in young children.

Cockroaches are more than just health risks; they also damage our properties by chewing on and staining clothing, upholstery, and other personal belongings with their excrement.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

The multiple ways cockroaches can move into a structure make preventing problems with these pests difficult. A cockroach infestation can happen in any home at any time of year. Remaining vigilant against cockroaches is the best way to avoid them moving inside and establishing large populations. Cockroaches are scavengers, and the tiniest amount of food attracts them to a property, from a morsel of leftover dog food to an open container of trash!

Where will I find cockroaches?

Most cockroaches, including American, German, and Oriental cockroaches, prefer warm, damp areas to live in. All three species often hide in dark, secluded spots near the kitchen, bathroom, or basement.

Both the American cockroach and Oriental cockroach live outside, usually moving inside while searching for food and water. Outdoors, American cockroaches like to live in gardens, flower beds, and behind tree bark. Oriental cockroaches live outside in areas with a lot of moisture, like around drains and sewers.

The German cockroach prefers to live indoors and is a significant problem inside homes, restaurants, grocery stores, healthcare facilities, educational facilities, and wherever food is prepared or stored.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

There is no getting around it; cockroaches don’t belong in our Austin area homes or businesses. For help getting rid of current problems with cockroaches and preventing future problems with these bold pests, reach out to Accurate Termite and Pest Control. We offer our customers reliable pest control solutions that home and business owners can count on.

Our family-owned and operated pest control company has over 20 years in the pest control industry and offers customized services to meet the unique needs of every property we serve. With no hidden fees or contracts to contend with, it is easy to trust us with your pest control. For more information about protecting your Texas residential or commercial property from cockroaches, reach out to Accurate Termite and Pest Control today.

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

Our Accurate Termite and Pest Control professionals have put together a list of helpful prevention tips to assist Texas homeowners in avoiding problems with cockroaches:

  • Walk around the outside of your home, garage, and any outbuildings on your property. If you find any cracks or gaps, make sure to seal them using caulk or another material to stop cockroaches and other pests from moving inside.
  • Place covers over vents and drains.
  • The tiniest of crumbs is an open invitation to cockroaches. Keep both indoor and outdoor eating areas free of debris.
  • Place all garbage that collects during the week in sealed containers. It is also essential to keep lids on compost bins.
  • Before placing items in recycling bins, make sure to rinse them, and always place tight-fitting lids on the containers.
  • Declutter your home and yard to reduce hiding spots for cockroaches.

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