So, your home has cockroaches. You’re probably less than thrilled about this fact, but don’t panic - you’re in good hands. Our New Braunfels pest control professionals are here to help you identify, prevent, and control cockroaches in your home. By the time you’re done reading this, you’ll be ready to fearlessly take back your home from the roaches. Let’s get started!
Is This A Cockroach Or A Beetle?
The first step to tackling your cockroach problem begins with being able to identify these pests. Cockroaches can look similar to other insects, such as beetles, especially if you’re unable to get a good look at them. However, cockroaches and beetles differ in appearance and behaviors, so it is possible to distinguish them.
First, let’s start by identifying cockroaches. There are a few species you are likely to see in New Braunfels: American, brown-banded, and German cockroaches. All of these species are oval-shaped, flat, and some shade of brown. American cockroaches are larger than the others and have a reddish-brown color. German cockroaches are tan or light brown, with two darker stripes on their backs. Brown-banded cockroaches have dark brown bodies with two lighter brown bands across them.
Some types of beetles are similar to cockroaches in size, shape, and color. However, beetles have shorter legs and antennae than cockroaches. They also have hard wings, whereas cockroach wings are leathery. The behaviors of these two insects also differ. Most cockroaches are averse to light, while beetles are not. If you flick on the lights and the bugs quickly scuttle away, they are most likely cockroaches. It’s also much more common to find cockroaches inside your house; cockroaches routinely invade homes, while beetles prefer the outdoors.
If you’re still unsure of whether your home has cockroaches or beetles, a pest control professional can help you identify the insects.
Cockroaches Can Be Harmful To Your Health
If you have noticed signs of cockroaches in your home, there are good reasons to be concerned. Cockroaches aren’t just repulsive. They can also be detrimental to your health. Cockroaches often dwell in extremely unsanitary locations, such as sewers and dumpsters. They become covered in germs and bacteria and then bring these into your home, where they may proceed to contaminate your food.
German cockroaches and other species are known to carry multiple types of bacteria, parasites, and other pathogens. Among these diseases are salmonellosis, E. coli infection, typhoid fever, cholera, and dysentery, all of which can land you in the hospital. In addition to exposing you to disease, cockroaches can also trigger allergies and asthma attacks.
Cockroaches are dangerous pests that should be avoided at all costs. In the next section, we’ll discuss some helpful tips for keeping these nasty bugs at bay.
Five Tips To Keep Cockroaches Away From Your Home
Cockroaches are masters at getting into your home and staying there. They are able to squeeze through tiny openings, crawl through vents and drains, and lurk unseen and unheard in the shadows. Even the most secure and sanitary home could be invaded by these stealthy pests, but there are ways to reduce the chances of an infestation.
Here’s how to keep cockroaches out of your house:
- Keep cockroaches from entering by sealing holes and cracks with caulk and using screens on vents and drains.
- Address any moisture issues inside or around your house by fixing leaks, cleaning gutters, using dehumidifiers, etc.
- Keep your home clean. Sanitize surfaces, mop floors, vacuum carpets, dispose of garbage.
- Store food in tightly sealed containers.
- Keep your yard tidy. Clean up any debris and dead leaves, cut back shrubs and trees around your home.
These five tips are the best ways that you can prevent cockroaches from entering your home. If you do notice signs of cockroaches, be sure to contact a licensed professional for cockroach control as soon as possible.
How To Keep Cockroaches Out Of Your Home For Good
By this point, you know how to identify cockroaches, the health risks they pose, and steps you can take to prevent them. Now we’ll discuss how to keep cockroaches out of your house for good.
If you have a cockroach infestation, standard store-bought cockroach control products just don’t cut it. They may work temporarily or kill off some of the roaches, but they are unlikely to thoroughly eradicate the entire cockroach population. Instead of wasting time and money on ineffective cockroach control products, call in the professionals at Gold Star Exterminators.
Gold Star Exterminators is New Braunfels’ source for prompt and professional pest control services at reasonable prices. Our experts will get rid of all the cockroaches in your home and keep them from returning. Don’t let cockroaches live in your home for another day. Contact Gold Star Exterminators for your free cockroach control estimate.