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Cockroaches in Houston, TX

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What You Need To Know About Cockroaches In Houston, TX

Cockroaches are notorious for several reasons, including how difficult they are to eliminate. Below, you can find other reasons why this pest's name precedes them.

What are cockroaches?

Two types of cockroaches in our area of Houston are German and American cockroaches. German cockroaches are the smallest and most common invading species. They are also the most difficult to eliminate. In contrast, American cockroaches are the largest invading species. 

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Cockroaches can transmit diseases, including cholera, giardia, leprosy, gastroenteritis, dysentery, listeriosis, typhoid fever, and salmonellosis. They can also cause contamination and spread streptococcus, staphylococcus, and E. coli. 

Plus, cockroaches leave shed skins and waste that turn into dust and irritate asthma and allergies. So as you can see, cockroaches aren't pests to take lightly.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

Residential properties present many opportunities for food, such as open garbage cans, food in flimsy packaging, crumbs, grease, dirty dishes, pet food, and much more. Because of this, cockroaches and other pests won't think twice about making themselves at home. And getting inside is made easy for these pests by cracks in the foundation, holes in screens, uncovered vents and drains, gaps around windows and doors, and other similar entry points. 

Another factor that may be attracting cockroaches to your home is moisture. And, when there is a change in the weather, pests like cockroaches will seek more preferable conditions inside.

Where will I find cockroaches?

The kitchen is the most common place to find cockroaches in a home because it usually provides easy access to many food sources. However, you may also find them in bathrooms, the basement, garage, or laundry room. Remember that this pest is nocturnal and will avoid light, so you may not see adult cockroaches but signs such as droppings, smear marks, and eggs.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

Cockroaches are notorious because they are challenging to get rid of once they infest. This pest continues to develop resistance to conventional products, which is one reason why it's essential to get professional assistance with cockroaches. Other reasons why expert pest control is necessary to get rid of cockroaches is the importance of identifying the species, conducive conditions, entry points, and attractants.

Samson Pest and Termite Services can help manage your cockroach problem. Because German cockroaches are particularly difficult to eliminate, we provide specialty services for this species. We will have you prepare for these services by removing everything from the kitchen cabinets and underneath the sink. Then, we will treat all kitchen cabinets and any other areas of the house as needed. 

Contact us at Samson Pest and Termite Services for more information about our cockroach control methods.

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

Like getting rid of them, preventing cockroaches can be a challenge, but there are a few simple things you can do to help keep these pests away:

  • Keep your home clutter-free and organized to remove harborage and make it easier to clean.
  • Clean the kitchen and eating areas after use to remove food debris.
  • Deep clean kitchen cabinets and behind heavy appliances when possible.
  • Use garbage bins with tight-fitting lids.
  • Store food in airtight containers.
  • Don't leave pet food out overnight.
  • Repair damaged screens on all exterior windows and doors.
  • Fill cracks and holes in the foundation and exterior walls.
  • Place covers on vents and drains.
  • Address poor ventilation in the bathroom and areas of your home where moisture builds up.
  • Repair any leaks.
  • Keep your gutters and yard clear of organic debris.

Call Samson Pest and Termite Services for assistance with all your cockroach needs.