A Guide To Effective Roach Control In Hattiesburg
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A Guide To Effective Roach Control In Hattiesburg

How much do you know about cockroaches in Hattiesburg? Do you know what cockroaches look like, where they hide, and what sort of things they do inside your home at night? Do you know enough about them to get rid of cockroaches without professional help when they invade your house? If not, you've come to the right place.

Today, we will give you a quick primer on roaches and roach control. We'll tell you how to uncover evidence of a cockroach problem, how to evaluate your issue, and what professional treatment methods work to get rid of these dirty insects. We'll also discuss how to prevent future problems with roaches.

If you have questions or want to schedule a service visit, your Havard Pest Control team is here to help. We provide professional cockroach control in Hattiesburg.

Do I Have A Roach Infestation?

Experts say that seeing one cockroach is evidence that there are hundreds (even thousands) that you're not seeing. These insects don't like to come out of hiding if they can help it. As you work to control roaches in your home or prevent a roach problem before it starts, it helps to know how to uncover the evidence of a cockroach infestation.


What's a cockroach look like? You can tell cockroaches from other insects by looking for the two appendages that stick out at the end of the abdomen. These are called cerci. Besides their cerci, no single characteristic can help you identify cockroaches, as they come in various colors, shapes, and sizes. Also, some have wings, while others only have wing pads. And, while all cockroaches have spines on their six legs, so do certain other insects.


What do cockroach droppings look like? The fecal matter of cockroaches looks like sticky black coffee grounds. You may find them on the floor and in surprising locations, like on a ceiling. Yes. Cockroaches can leave their waste in your home while hanging upside down.

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Professional Roach Extermination: Call The Experts Right Away

Cockroach control is a challenge. It requires a multi-pronged strategy. A licensed pest management professional is best suited to apply control effectively. Here are a few ways we go after those roaches:

  • We start with an inspection to evaluate the conditions of the infestation. The inspection process helps to track activity, harborage locations, potential breeding sites, entry points, attractants, and more.
  • We properly identify the cockroach species in order to select and administer the appropriate products.
  • We apply several control products and methods for a variety of purposes. We deploy some cockroach control products for monitoring; some block access by making cockroaches crawl over materials they cannot detect. Some exterminate cockroaches by providing them with a desirable food source.
  • We use pest management methods alongside treatment products in order to use the least amount of materials. For example, we seal gaps around pipes and other openings that provide access to your home and a route for roaches to emerge from walls.
  • We track your treatment and make corrections as needed. Certain cockroaches, German cockroaches, in particular, are tricky, elusive, and robust.

Are you in Hattiesburg? If so, you're in our service area. Contact Havard Pest Control for effective control of cockroaches inside your home or for sustainable roach prevention around the exterior of your home. If you'd prefer to tackle your own cockroach prevention, we have some tips that will help.

Five Tips To Prevent Future Roach Problems In Your Home

Most Hattiesburg residents have trouble with these unsanitary insects because they don't know how to deter cockroaches by altering the conditions that lead to infestation. If you know these five prevention tips, you can make roaches think twice about living in your home—well, specifically—not think about it at all. Here's what works and why:

1. Remove Humid Habitats Near Your Home

Cockroaches have a high moisture requirement, which is why they sometimes go by names like water bugs or Palmetto bugs. Addressing damp conditions can make them less likely to live near your home. Perform these maintenance tasks:

  • Clean out gutters.
  • Repair damage to gutters and downspouts.
  • Trim vegetation in your landscaping.
  • Remove leaf litter, branches, and other organic debris.
  • Repair sprinkler systems and plumbing issues.
  • Water plants in the morning.

2. Remove Smells That Attract Roaches

Cockroaches can smell decaying organic matter from a distance. If they smell a dirty trash receptacle or poorly mixed compost, they will investigate. Add the following chores to your routine:

  • Consider using scented trash bags to mask odors.
  • Store bags in covered containers and avoid overfilling receptacles.
  • Remove trash weekly.
  • Wash out and sanitize trash cans if a scent develops.

3. Seal The Tiniest Of Cracks

Cockroaches are thigmotactic. That is to say that they like to squeeze into tight spaces. In fact, they have the physical requirements to do so. A cockroach can compact its body and shoot its legs out to the side to scramble through the tightest gaps. Remove the gaps, and you'll remove the incentive for roaches to enter your home.

  • Swap out weatherstripping on all doors that lead outside.
  • Repair damaged exterior door sweeps.
  • Apply mortar to address foundation cracks.
  • Replace wood rot or fill wood cavities with expanding foam.
  • Seal pipes and wires that pass through your foundation.
  • Repair screens.

4. Remove Clutter

Before cockroaches start getting into tight cracks, they'll hide in junk piles. They love to squeeze into all of the tight spaces. They also feed on paper, cardboard, and fabrics. Roaches eat cellulose, just like a silverfish. Store all junk in covered bins to prevent issues with cockroaches.

5. Keep Your Home Dry

When a cockroach gets into your home, it may not survive the experience if you keep your home too dry for roaches. While this is not the case for all species, you can deter certain species with moisture and humidity control. Make sure to:

  • Repair leaky pipes, faucets, showerheads, and spigots.
  • Seal damaged grout in showers or baths.
  • Use your bathroom fan to vent moisture.
  • Install a dehumidifier if one is needed.

These general pest maintenance tips will help you keep cockroaches and other insects out of your home. If you need help with ongoing exterior pest control or a cockroach treatment, contact Havard Pest Control for local cockroach control in the Hattiesburg area. We're here to help.

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