The American cockroach in your home

Oct 29, 2018 | Home Pest Control

It was just a matter of time before the constant rain and shifting temperatures pushed outside roaches indoors. Not just any roach, but the behemoth American cockroach in your home that commands attention even from the person with the steadiest of nerves. This cockroach can be identified by the reddish-brown to mahogany coloring and with a yellow band behind their head. The adult American cockroach has developed wings and can fly. Not that you will want to get close enough to it to recognize distinguishing markers but suffice it to say, it is a big cockroach! This pest can grow to almost 2 inches (although in my head it might as well be 2 feet!) The American cockroach goes by many names-Tree roach, water or palmetto bug and many others but whatever you call it, it’s time to call it out.

Houston’s warmer, humid environment makes it a perfect place for the American cockroach in your home to thrive.American cockroach in your home

Since roaches don’t hibernate, they will be looking for a warm haven from the coming winter months ahead. Attics, garages, and areas with plumbing accesses will be common areas where the American cockroach may be seen.

You as the homeowner will be the first line of defense to keep roaches out of your home or at the very least to keep a bad situation from getting worse. Open windows and doors are some of the biggest culprits for pests getting in. If you plan on opening windows to allow a cool, fresh breeze into your home, be sure window screens are in shape with no rips or frame damage and securely in place. Avoid leaving the garage door open for extended periods of time. Check and replace worn or damaged weather stripping. And don’t forget to check and repair weak seals around plumbing penetrations.

As for the inside of the home, keeping a clean home will always matter. The most important steps are the following:

  • Keep food prep areas clean after use
  • Keep pet bowls clean and remove uneaten pet food
  • Vacuum regularly
  • Remove clutter from inside your home as well as from under the beds.

The American cockroach in your home not only contaminates food supplies and spreads disease, these pests can trigger allergies and asthma issues as well.

When it comes to treating for these large cockroaches that are normally outdoor pests, don’t forgot about lawn maintenance. Avoid leaving piles of leaves in the yard where roaches and other pests can hide from the cold. Keep gutters clean and free of debris as this is another place a cockroach can hide in. Speak to your pest professional if you have additional questions on American cockroaches. He or she will have a wealth of information to share in preventing pest infestations.

If you already have a roach problem or just want to treat as a preventative measure, call or contact Bio-Tech Pest Control at 281-296-6022.

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