One thing nearly every property owner can agree on is that cockroaches are a pest that is best kept away from the building. They’re hard to kill and are capable of living nearly anywhere. As such, there are four different types of cockroaches common to the Houston area that plague property owners.
This cockroach is usually around a ½ inch long and is light brown in color. German cockroaches are primarily found indoors in large numbers, which makes professional pest control a must upon discovering an infestation. Look in warm and damp areas of the property to see if you have a German cockroach infestation.
The American cockroach is fairly large; most are one to three inches in length. They are further identified by their dark red or brown coloring paired with light yellow edges. This roach has wings and is known to fly when in the mood. Fortunately, they prefer to live in trees, which means it’s unlikely they’ll come inside.
Also known as a water bug, this breed of cockroach is shiny black or dark brown in color. Despite its wings, this breed is unable to fly. You can further identify this type of cockroach by its foul and musty odor. While they may go inside, they actually prefer to remain outside.
You can identify this type of cockroach by the yellow to brown stripes running across the abdomen and wings. This cockroach does fly and is inclined to do so in warmer temperatures. Unlike the other cockroaches, this one doesn’t care for wet and humid areas. In addition, they will eat literally anything, which makes pest control necessary to control the population.
Why You Don't Want Cockroaches In Your Houston Home
Whether it’s a home or an office complex, cockroaches are bad news. For starters, they create a sense of things being unclean. In the case of businesses, this could lead to negative reviews or a shutdown. Also, these pests are more than a simple nuisance. No matter the type, every cockroach carries pathogens, which can lead to disease transmission. Some diseases cockroaches can transmit to humans include typhoid fever, salmonella, gastroenteritis, leprosy, and more.
In addition to illness, cockroaches have also been known to contribute to increased allergy and asthma attacks. Larger infestations are especially prone to cause these additional problems for people on the premises.
Prevention Tips To Remember
The key to cockroach prevention is to eliminate what attracts them to your property. To that end, we have created a list of tips to remember so life continues to remain comfortable. Be sure to follow these tips:
Wipe things down: It’s important to sanitize and dust your surfaces especially in high traffic areas.
Focus on the kitchen: The kitchen might as well be ground zero for cockroaches besides the basement. This is due to it containing both food and water, which attracts them. You can keep this from happening by properly storing your food, wiping away crumbs, and ensuring the water doesn’t drip in the sink.
Trash disposal: Cockroaches like garbage too, which means it’s important to practice proper trash disposal to further limit their inclination to invade the building.
Vacuuming is key: When cockroaches travel, they leave behind a trail. One of the things they leave behind is egg sacs. When they hatch, they become new cockroaches. Vacuuming regularly can ensure this doesn’t happen in your building.
Keep Cockroaches Away With TNT Home & Commercial Services
It may be tempting to break out the toxic sprays to combat your cockroach infestation. However, that’s the last thing you want to do. Between the potential health problems and the toxicity of the sprays, you risk the health and well being of occupants in the home. That’s why our team is devoted to keeping the cockroaches away through safe, effective, and affordable methods. We offer a range of plans designed for your needs.
Do you need help keeping the cockroaches away? Then give us a call to speak with one of our agents about our professional pest control plans or fill out our online form to schedule your free quote.