Cockroaches

What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are insects that belong to the order Blattodea, which is the same insect family that termites belong to. These filthy insects often invade homes and businesses in search of food and moisture. There are about 4,600 species of cockroaches all over the world, but only 69 species can be found living here in the United States. Of those cockroach species, only 30 are known for inhabiting human dwellings. Here in Texas, we have four species of cockroach that commonly invade homes and businesses: American wood cockroaches, brown-banded cockroaches, German cockroaches, and oriental cockroaches.

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Are cockroaches dangerous?

Cockroaches don’t bite, sting, or provide any physical threat to humans. However, the dangers cockroaches do introduce into Texas home and business properties are invisible. Cockroaches are known for crawling around in and eating filthy materials, such as waste, sewer matter, organic debris, garbage, and feces. As cockroaches crawl around in these areas, they pick up disease-causing bacteria and pathogens that are dangerous to humans. Diseases cockroaches are known to spread into properties include salmonella, cholera, dysentery, and typhoid fever. Once cockroaches invade your home or business, these diseases are transmitted to counter surfaces, food items, and water sources.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

Like many insects, cockroaches are attracted to moisture. If your property provides widely accessible water sources or excess moisture, cockroaches are more likely to invade. Loose pipes, faulty gutters, and water-damaged wood are a few common areas where moisture builds up and could attract cockroaches. Another factor that encourages cockroach activity around your home or business is easy food sources, such as open garbage cans, crumbs on the floor, and compost bins.

Where will I find cockroaches?

In nature, cockroaches prefer damp, dark, and warm places where they can hide and feed. Cockroaches often hide in thick brush, under logs, and behind leaf litter. When cockroaches infest your Spring, Texas property, they are looking for the same three things they want in nature: darkness, food, and moisture. Different species of cockroaches prefer to hide in different areas of the home, but most can be found in dark, moist areas where they can easily hide. Some common areas cockroaches infest include basements, bathrooms, crawlspaces, kitchens, and wall voids.

  • American cockroaches primarily live outside behind tree bark, in flower beds, near sewers, or under mulch; during periods of bad weather, they may seek indoor shelter. When living inside, they usually call basements, bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms their homes.

  • Brown-banded cockroaches are common indoor pests. They prefer dry, warm locations and are often found in upper cabinets in bathrooms and kitchens, or under furniture.

  • German cockroaches also are typically thought of as indoor pests. They are common invaders of homes and businesses, and will typically take up residence in bathrooms and kitchens.

  • Oriental cockroaches prefer an outdoor lifestyle, living outside in firewood, in sewers, on organic debris, and under landscaping ties. During the summer, they may move inside to get relief from the heat and can be found in basements, bathrooms, and crawlspaces.

  • Wood cockroaches also live primarily outside in wooded areas and usually aren’t considered major pests. They usually only find their way inside after being accidentally brought in on firewood. They are attracted to light and can become a nuisance by gathering around lights and televisions in large numbers.

When are cockroaches most active?

Cockroaches are nocturnal pests and are primarily active at night, hiding their flat bodies from view during the day in tight cracks and crevices. Cockroaches are typically more or less active depending on the temperature. American cockroaches prefer temperatures that are between 70 and 80 degrees. Brown-banded cockroaches prefer very warm temperatures that are above 80 degrees. German cockroaches are most active in temperatures above 70 degrees. Oriental cockroaches are most active in the summer and early fall months. Wood cockroaches are highly attracted to and actively gather around outdoor lights, lamps, and the light emitted from television screens.

Interesting facts about cockroaches

Cockroaches are known for being some of the filthiest and most dangerous pests to invade your home or business. Here are four interesting facts about cockroaches:

1. German cockroaches are prolific breeders and can develop from newly hatched larvae into adults in as little as 36 days, which is a big reason why they are the most common species living worldwide.

2. Cockroaches are known for their quick movements and have been clocked running faster than 3mph.

3. Cockroaches often hold their breath to help regulate water loss, and some species of cockroaches can hold their breath for at least 40 minutes.

4. Cockroaches have an open circulatory system and breathe through holes in each of their body segments; both allow cockroaches to live for about a week without their heads. After a week, they die because they are unable to eat or drink.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

While there are a few things you can do to try and prevent cockroaches from getting into your home or business property, it’s important to remember that there’s not much you can do after an infestation takes root. Existing cockroach infestations should always be left to professional pest control. No matter the species infesting your property, the pest technicians here at Kingston Pest Control have what it takes to eliminate them all. We offer several commercial and residential pest control programs to fit the needs and budget of your specific property.

The most effective way to keep cockroaches out of your home or business is with the help of the highly-trained pest technicians at Kingston Pest Control. We have what it takes to keep these filthy pests out of your home or business building, no matter how big or small your roach infestation is. We are always happy to assist you with all your pest control needs. To remove cockroaches from your home or business, call the professionals here at Kingston Pest Control!

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

Cockroaches are not the easiest pests to exclude from your eastern Texas property, especially considering they can get inside in a lot of ways. A few ways you can help prevent cockroaches from invading your Texas property include:

  • Checking boxes and paper bags for cockroaches before bringing grocery items into your home or business.

  • Reducing moisture by repairing leaky drains, faucets, and pipes.

  • Storing pet food in plastic containers when not in use.

  • Sealing all your garbage cans.

  • Sweeping and cleaning your property regularly.

  • Keeping leftover food items in the refrigerator or airtight containers.

  • Cutting weeds, tall grass, shrubs, and other thick vegetation away from the exterior walls of your property.

 

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