There are four common home-invading cockroaches here in the Dallas and Fort Worth areas—German cockroaches, American cockroaches, Oriental cockroaches, and brown-banded cockroaches. These filthy insects are not pests you want living in your Texas home. There are over 4,000 different cockroach species across the world, and some species can grow to over three inches long. Each species of cockroach has a different lifespan and grows at different rates. German cockroaches, for example, can develop from an egg to an adult within about 120 days. This is why cockroach infestations can become extremely severe in such a short amount of time.
Problems Cockroaches Cause
In addition to the disturbances cockroaches cause when you spot them scurrying across your floor, they also introduce several other issues into your Dallas or Fort Worth home. Cockroach infestations are linked to the spread of harmful bacteria and pathogens that cause diseases. Some of the illnesses cockroaches are known for spreading include salmonella, gastroenteritis, cholera, and many others. Cockroach feces, shed skin, and body parts can trigger allergic reactions or asthma attacks in some individuals. In some cases, cockroaches may even try to feed on human skin, fingernails, and eyelashes if they get hungry enough and lack other sources of food. While rare, this occurs most often when you are sleeping.
Cockroach Prevention Tips
To keep cockroaches away from your Texas home, it’s important to remove the factors that attract them to your property. When cockroaches invade, it’s usually seeking warmth, food, and moisture. Apply the following prevention tips around your home to avoid attracting roaches:
- Keep your trash cans sealed and stored away from your exterior walls.
- Seal up gaps, cracks, and crevices in your foundation.
- Install door sweeps on all exterior doorways.
- Reduce moisture around your home by repairing leaking pipes, faulty drains, and clearing your gutter system.
- Cut brush away from your exterior walls to allow sunlight to dry up any excess moisture from around your foundation.
While it can be tempting to use over-the-counter cockroach spray products and other chemicals to keep cockroaches from infesting your property, there are several downsides to this method of elimination. OTC cockroach sprays contain dangerous chemicals that can cause health issues, unpleasant odors, and may not work. For effective cockroach treatment options that are safe and eliminate infestations, turn to the pest control professionals at Romney Pest Control. You can trust us to keep your Dallas or Fort Worth home 100% pest-free all year long. Contact us today to get started!