How To Keep Cockroaches In Lewisville At Bay

Have you ever watched a cockroach? Roaches can scale walls and run across ceilings without breaking a sweat. They slide underneath leaf litter as easily as running over it. A cockroach can sprint across a table and move to the bottom side without stopping. They also squeeze through gaps of more than half their height. How on earth can you keep these insects out of your home? Your secret weapon is knowledge. Join us as we examine how to detect a cockroach infestation, what to expect from cockroaches in your home, tips for effective cockroach control in Lewisville, and how to get rid of cockroach infestations. We packed a lot into this little article. Enjoy! If you need immediate help with a cockroach infestation, jump over to our contact page and reach out to us.

How To Tell If You Have A Cockroach Infestation

You might think it's easy to tell when cockroaches have infested your home, particularly if you've seen roaches. But seeing cockroaches in your home is not a good sign. Typically these pests are only seen once their population grows beyond available food sources. When roaches have to compete for food, they get more daring. Seeing a cockroach is rarely an early warning sign unless you look for roaches in your home. Use a flashlight to look in these places:

  • Around and underneath appliances

  • In the backs of your cabinets

  • In storage rooms

  • Above drop-down ceilings

  • In attic spaces

  • In exterior storage closets

  • In your garage

When you look for cockroaches, you may come across warning signs but not see any roach activity. Here are some signs you may see and what you should do about them.

  • Droppings: Do you have cockroach droppings in your home? Cockroach droppings are black, and you may find them on floors, walls, ceilings, and other surfaces. Clean these droppings up so that when you check back, you'll see if roaches are continually exploring that area.

  • Oothecae: Cockroach egg pouches are typically brownish-red. You'll find these pouches in dark places, cracks, gaps, and tight spaces.

  • Cockroach exoskeletons: As a cockroach nymph grows, it sheds its skin. You'll find these in the seams of furniture, tight spaces under furniture cushions, pockets, carpet edges, and other concealed areas.

  • Cockroach pheromones: Pheromone excretions are how roaches communicate. These pheromones have a scent that some describe as musty, oily, or musky.

  • Holes: Cockroaches chew holes through cardboard and paper. While these holes aren't conclusive evidence of a roach infestation (because other pests create holes like these), they can help focus your search and find other signs. You might find holes in food packages, wallpaper, documents, stacked paper products, and more.

Along with searching for signs of roach activity in your home, you may also use cockroach control products to help you with your search. Sticky traps won't stop a roach infestation, but they provide helpful information about cockroach activity, numbers, and routes. Lay these down next to walls in secluded spaces or inside cabinets. When you find cockroaches on your sticky traps, consider reaching out to Adams Exterminating Company to schedule an evaluation. Our technicians have the experience and training to help you interpret the evidence you've found and guide you in deciding what to do about the cockroaches in your home. 

How Cockroaches Are Harmful To Your Health

It helps to consider how roaches can impact your health and damage your property as you evaluate what is needed to keep cockroaches at bay. Why? Because cockroach pest control is hard work. You need to know why it is essential to do that hard work (or have someone do it for you).

  • Cockroaches spread germs. They pick harmful bacteria up from trash heaps, garbage receptacles, sewers, compost piles, dead animals, pet waste, and other dirty places.

  • Cockroaches spread diseases. These insects come in contact with disease-causing organisms as well as bacteria. They are known to transmit at least seven human pathogens.

  • Cockroaches spread parasites. In a recent study, the cockroaches collected had six species of parasitic worms, including hookworm and Ascaris lumbricoides.

  • Cockroaches aggravate asthma symptoms. Hospitalizations for asthma-related symptoms are higher in homes that have roach infestations. Studies have also shown that children are at greater risk.

  • Cockroaches cause rashes when they crawl across the skin.

  • Cockroaches accidentally bite as they feed on dead skin around the eyes and mouths of sleeping people.

Along with health concerns, cockroaches are destructive insects. They feed on paper and fabrics in the same way a silverfish does. They can mar wallpaper, damage books, and put holes in clothing. It is worth the effort to take steps to keep roaches out of your home.    

Tips For Effective Cockroach Control

Cockroaches are primarily motivated by two factors: food and moisture. Roaches are omnivores in the broadest sense of the term. They don't just eat the food you eat; they eat pet food, dead animals and insects, skin, hair, toothpaste, wallpaper, cardboard, feces, and many other things. As for moisture, roaches don't just drink water; they also need water for hydration. You may have significant success controlling certain cockroaches by controlling moisture. Here are our best tips for food and moisture management around your home.

  • Protect all garbage. Cockroaches eat rotting organic matter, damp cardboard, hair, dead skin, and other things in the garbage. Bag your trash and store it in a covered container.

  • Clean your receptacles. Cockroaches can smell rotting organic matter from a distance. Keep your trash receptacles clean and free of odors that attract roaches.

  • Stay on top of clean-up. Do you have a tree that produces fruit or nuts? Do you have a dog that leaves waste in your yard? Do you clip vegetation in your landscaping and leave piles on the ground? Keep your yard free of these potential food sources by diligently cleaning up.

  • Do you have compost? If so, make sure to mix it properly. Compost that has an offputting aroma will attract cockroaches to your property.

  • Remove unnecessary vegetation from your landscaping. Dense vegetation traps moisture and increases humidity. A simple step like this can make your landscaping less inviting to cockroaches. 

  • Remove objects in your yard. Cockroaches stay hydrated by getting under things in your yard. Solid objects shield them from the sun. Organic objects, such as leaf litter and sticks, provide moist habitats.

  • Use sticky traps in your home to tell whether or not your external cockroach control is working.

Once you've taken steps to make your property less attractive to cockroaches, turn your attention to sealing them out of your home. While it is nearly impossible to patch all potential entry points a cockroach may find, it is worth trying. Every opening you close removes one route a roach might use.

  • Use a caulking gun to seal gaps, cracks, and holes where curb appeal is important. Roaches can get into your home through the tiniest cracks, so fill every opening you find.

  • Use cans of spray foam to seal entry points where you're not worried about appearance. Expanding foam tends to look somewhat unsightly. It is best for concealed patches, such as filling in a wall void or gaps around your plumbing and wire conduits.

  • Replace protective items that aren't getting the job done, such as screens, weatherstripping, door sweeps, weep hole protectors, and vent covers.

  • Replace or repair rotting wood. Cockroaches are highly attracted to cracks in rotting wood because they are organic and high in moisture. Roaches also find food in stacked wood because many other insects are attracted to wood, both rotting and free of rot.

  • Use a foundation repair kit to patch foundation cracks. You can use a kit for simple patches. Large areas of damage will need more effort to correct. 

When you roll your sleeves up and do the hard work of cockroach control, you can naturally deter and control roaches. These steps also help to keep a long list of other pests out of your home. It is well worth the effort. 

How To Keep Cockroaches Away From Your Home

There is no better way to keep cockroaches out of your home than with cockroach control from Adams Exterminating Company. We provide the exterior of your home with layers of protection that stop roaches in their tracks.

  • During your convenient service visits, we perform an inspection to identify conducive conditions and then report our findings to you. It is much easier to keep cockroaches out when you can address conducive conditions.

  • We apply targeted control when we see cockroach activity or warning signs of a problem.

  • We treat doors and windows, exterior light fixtures, the entire foundation, and where siding meets the foundation to stop cockroaches from getting inside.

  • We apply granules in landscaping and spot-treat your yard for even more protection.

  • We offer interior treatments if cockroaches should ever get inside your home.

Cockroaches are harmful pests that are hard to detect early, and cockroach control is a lot of work. Reduce the work of dealing with roaches and get essential protection for cockroaches—and a long list of other pests. Learn more about cockroach control by reaching out to Adams Exterminating Company. Start living a bug-free life today. It's the best way to do life! Contact us today for your free estimate.

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