The Ultimate Cockroach Prevention Guide For Dallas Homeowners
March 16, 2020
On average, Americans spend 20 billion dollars on home security systems each year. Most of this money goes into cameras, sensors, and alarms built to keep them safe from home invasions, robberies, and other threats. What these systems do not keep people safe from, however, are unwanted pest invaders like cockroaches. Unfortunately, these tiny pests are able to bypass security systems designed to keep out human intruders. But this does not mean that cockroaches cannot be kept out of your Dallas home. To defend your Dallas home against roaches, here is a detailed guide you can use.
Common Cockroaches and Problems They Cause
Here in Dallas, there are only four common types of cockroach invaders: American, brown-banded, German, and Oriental. Although different in appearance, all of these roaches pose the same threat to you and your family. In general, cockroaches have been found to carry over 33 unique forms of bacteria, 7 human pathogens, and 6 potentially dangerous parasites. When inside homes, they can spread these sickness vectors around areas you frequently come in contact with and over foods you might consume. This puts everyone under your roof at risk. Cockroaches have also been known to indirectly trigger asthma attacks and or allergic reactions with their shed skin. Just another reason you don’t want these filthy pests around your Dallas home.
How To Prepare Your Home For Cockroaches
A dirty home is a beacon for invading cockroaches. The more you clean, and the fewer food sources there are for cockroaches to find, the less likely a cockroach infestation will begin. To help keep cockroaches away, we recommend limiting the number of rooms in your home that you eat or drink to just your kitchen and your dining room. We also recommend making sure all of your trashcans have tight-fitting lids and that you store leftover foods inside airtight containers after you are done with a meal. This combined with cleaning up messes as they occur and not neglecting to get under large appliances and furniture while cleaning will greatly reduce your home’s attractiveness to cockroaches.
Once you have made your home less attractive to cockroaches, you will want to seal off their points of entry. This can be done using a caulking gun and a careful eye. Once you have your caulking gun, search your home’s exterior for any gaps, cracks, or openings cockroaches might use to get inside. Check your home’s foundation, along the exterior of window and door frames, and around utility piping. It also helps to have door sweeps on all exterior doors.
How To Identify A Cockroach Infestation
When cockroaches get into homes, they leave behind a few obvious signs. The first thing you should look out for is a lingering unpleasant odor in the air, much like the smell of oil that has gone bad. The second good indication of a cockroach infestation is their fecal matter and shed skins. These remnants can be found throughout homes, especially near where cockroaches hide, such as under appliances and around tight cracks and crevices.
How To Deal With A Cockroach Infestation
Once cockroaches get into a home, they can be a pain to get rid of. At Cantu Pest & Termite, we offer comprehensive pest control plans for your Dallas home designed to effectively remove and keep out unwanted roach invaders from your Dallas home.
Reach out to us today to schedule an inspection or service visit for your Dallas property. Our team is standing by and ready to find your answer to pests.