What are cockroaches?
Cockroaches are common and problematic pests that regularly find their way into our Texas homes and businesses. Cockroaches are scavengers and feed on many of the same foods we do, making our properties a place they want to be.
Cockroaches have wide oval-shaped bodies that are flat and dark in color, which helps them to hide. Most have wings, but only a few regularly fly short distances. Most cockroaches move quite fast by using their six spiny legs to run. They are also good climbers and can quickly move up walls, trees, and other surfaces.
Moving quickly and living together in large populations, cockroaches are frustrating pests to eliminate once they move indoors.
Are cockroaches dangerous?
Cockroaches are some of the most unwanted household pests because of the damage and dangers they impose. When cockroaches live inside with people, they are a significant source of allergens and trigger things like cold-like symptoms, skin rashes, and asthma attacks. In addition, most cockroaches produce a rather unpleasant odor that can take over a structure they have invaded. The spread of bacteria, pathogens, and parasites by cockroaches is another huge concern when these pests live close to people.
Why do I have a cockroach problem?
Cockroaches are pests that thrive in Texas; our hot, humid weather provides the environmental conditions that enable these pests to breed quickly and continuously.
Discovering these pests in your home is something that can happen to anyone. Cockroaches don’t discriminate and will move into any home searching for food and water. They can also hitchhike inside our homes in things that we bring indoors from another infested structure.
Objects that often transport cockroaches include:
- Secondhand appliances or furniture
- Storage or moving boxes
- Grocery bags
- Pet food bags
Where will I find cockroaches?
When cockroaches are not foraging for food, most like to hide in dark, damp crevices. Cockroaches are considered thigmotropic, which means they want to feel something solid on either side of their body.
Some of the most common areas in your home where cockroaches hide are those that provide them with both warmth and moisture like kitchens, bathrooms, utility rooms, laundry rooms, and basements or crawl spaces.
Some of their favorite hiding spots include:
- Behind cabinets, baseboards, or wood trim
- Wall voids
- The backs of drawers
- Inside boxes
- Behind sinks, toilets, or bathtubs
- In clutter or under piles of dirty laundry
How do I get rid of cockroaches?
If cockroaches have squeezed their flat, oval-shaped bodies into your house or if you've accidentally introduced them, don’t panic, contact us at Trees Hurt Too, Inc. We understand how stressful a cockroach infestation can be and will work closely with you to eliminate them from your home or business. Using low to no impact products, our professionals will help you maintain a cockroach-free home.
We are a locally owned and operated company that is the first line of defense against pests for homes and businesses located in Tarrant County, TX. To learn more about our cockroach control services, give us a call today, and speak with one of our helpful professionals!
How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?
Limit the chance of cockroaches moving into your home and taking over using the following prevention tips.
- The best defense against cockroaches is removing food sources. Keep lids on indoor and outdoor trash cans, keep kitchens and grill areas free of food debris, and regularly vacuum your home to pick up stray crumbs.
- Keep cockroaches from moving into your home from the outside by sealing cracks in the foundation, installing door sweeps on exterior doors, and repairing damaged weatherstripping around windows and doors.
- Avoid accidentally introducing cockroaches into your home by always inspecting things like secondhand items, deliveries, and items that have been stored outside for these pests before bringing them inside.
- Always store your food either in the fridge or in containers with locking lids.