With certain pests, even a little exposure to them can open your property up to nasty problems. Cockroaches are common, invasive pests that are nearly impossible to get rid of once they move in. That’s why early prevention is key, and guaranteed protection is better than going it alone.
Common Invasive Cockroaches
No cockroach is a good cockroach, and there is a wide variety of them that can be found locally. Identifying the right type of roach will help you know how to act properly to remove them.
- American cockroach: The largest of the invasive species, American cockroaches are spotted by their telltale figure-8 shapes on the tops of their heads.
- German cockroach: The most common type of roach in the world, these guys don’t just plague homeowners in Germany. Instead, they can be found in homes and businesses all over North America, and are noted with their dark, horizontal dash marks on their backs.
- Brown-banded cockroach: While this variety often does have brown band markings, they can also appear to have spots or other patterned coloration depending on age, gender, and environment.
What Do Cockroaches Look For?
Cockroaches are survivors. They can survive being squashed, hold their breath for over 30 minutes, and even survive on materials that most animals wouldn’t even think about eating. That’s what makes them such common pests, even well-maintained properties can provide them with all they need to survive. The following are factors that can attract cockroaches:
- Food: Cockroaches will forage for crumbs and traces or attack stored food packaging directly to meet their needs. Deep clean regularly and store food in secure locations and containers to curb this.
- Trash: Cockroaches can also survive on the scraps we throw in the trash, so properly lidded bins and inaccessible bags are key.
- Moisture: Roaches are attracted to moist areas, where they not only get needed drinks of water but puddles where they can lay their egg clusters.
How To Keep Pests Out
While cockroaches are attracted to the above factors, they don’t need much of any of them to survive on your property. Cockroaches can go weeks without a proper meal, surviving on wallpaper or other random scraps that they can find to chew on. That’s why it’s also important to reduce their access to your yard and exterior, which you can accomplish by focusing on these steps:
- Crack sealing: Cockroaches can squeeze through even tiny holes or cracks, so you should regularly check your exterior for any faults. Fix them with caulk or some other sealant.
- Windows & doors: Faulty window screens or doors can also provide cockroaches with an easy space to crawl in through. Replace torn screens and install door sweeps to limit gaps in the threshold.
- Declutter: Cockroaches tend to shack up in storage areas like attics, garages, and basements, all of which provide numerous areas to hide inside of containers or other clutter. Reduce their nesting grounds by clearing out unneeded items and make sure to regularly check these areas for signs of pest access, like eggs or droppings.
Protection From Bugaboo Pest Control
It’s so frustrating when you do everything right and still ends up with a pest infestation. But with cockroaches, that’s honestly not uncommon. They are good at sneaking in and remaining undetected until they’ve maintained a foothold on your property. By then it can be nearly impossible to truly eradicate them. That’s why the best thing you can do for cockroach control is to turn to the experts before pests are even a problem. At Bugaboo Pest Control, our proven methods help you keep cockroaches out and save you from their nasty side effects. If roaches are already a problem, we’ll drive them out fast and make sure the problem doesn’t come back.
For true protection from local cockroaches, trust Bugaboo Pest Control.