A roach – the uninvited guest

Aug 14, 2018 | pest control

Seeing a large roach scurry across the kitchen floor in the middle of the night when you were just wanting a drink of water can make you forget that thirst. Roaches to me are disgusting. They may have been around longer than people and may remain here long after we’re gone, but it doesn’t mean I have to like them. And it’s not just the looks of them. There are actual health concerns. Roaches spread disease and contaminate your home with bacteria and leave behind their droppings. Roaches can contribute to respiratory issues and trigger allergies, asthma and other breathing problems.

I’ve lived long enough in Texas to know, they love our great state. We seem to provide all the requirements for these insects to thrive.  Year-round warmer weather and minimal winters. Abundant water sources. Excessive garbage and plenty of homes as well as undisturbed areas to shelter in. And if they can’t find this outside, they will find a way inside.

The statement I get quite often from homeowners is “I keep a clean house!”, but we’ve found it’s not just a matter of what you do see, but what you don’t see. There are many ways roaches are finding their way into your home. Their flat bodies allow them to fit through small cracks that you might be overlooking.

Some helpful tips to reduce the chances of getting roaches in your home:

  • Check for leaky pipes, or areas of excessive moisture like the bathrooms.
  • Make sure garbage cans and pet food containers are securely sealed
  • Don’t leave dirty dishes overnight in the sink
  • Seal up cracks and crevices
  • Keep debris, wood piles and garbage cans as far away from your home perimeter as possible
  • Sweep up/clear away food debris

Between the heat of the summer and the growth of the city, these large roaches are making themselves far too comfortable for me to ever get used to. If you feel the same way and you think you may have a roach issue, call or contact Bio-Tech Pest Control at 281-296-6022 for more information and setting up services.

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