12 No-Sweat Cockroach Control Tips For Mobile Property Owners
September 16, 2020
If you are a Mobile property owner, you’re probably no stranger to the many area home-invading pests. They come in various shapes and sizes; some are destructive to property while others are simply nuisances. However, the pests you need to be most wary of are those that are hazardous to your health. Here in Mobile, that includes cockroaches.
Cockroaches are unsightly pests that invade in droves and can be extremely tenacious when it comes to extermination. On top of that, they spread a wealth of dangerous bacteria and pathogens that can be detrimental to the health of you and your family. That’s why you should know the preventative steps that you can take to limit your home’s exposure to cockroach infestations. The health of your family could depend on it.
Identifying Common Area Cockroaches
While there are thousands of species of cockroaches worldwide, here in Mobile, you are likely to only ever encounter a few. These include German cockroaches, American cockroaches, Oriental cockroaches, and smoky brown cockroaches.
German Cockroaches are light brown or tan, and they feature two black stripes behind their heads. These common home-invading roaches are capable of flying, although they do not fly often.
American Cockroaches are reddish-brown and are the largest home-invading cockroach living in the United States. They are easily identified by a yellowish figure-eight pattern found on the backs of their heads. Both males and females are capable of flying which they do frequently.
Oriental Cockroaches are small and a shiny black or deep red color. They are sometimes referred to as water bugs because they prefer areas that are humid or high in moisture. These cockroaches can bite, though they rarely do so.
Smoky Brown Cockroaches are a shiny mahogany or black color and they have wings that extend past their bodies. Lighting is a key factor in attracting them.
Threats Posed By Cockroaches
No matter which species of cockroach invades your home, they are all potentially dangerous. This is because cockroaches can spread various harmful bacteria and pathogens as they enter homes. While outside, cockroaches often frequent areas like sewers and garbage bins where they pick up all sorts of harmful bacteria. Then when they come into your home, they contaminate countertops, dishes, and even food if it’s not properly stored.
The bacteria and pathogens from cockroaches can lead to diseases such as salmonellosis, typhoid fever, cholera, gastroenteritis, dysentery, listeriosis, and giardia amongst others. In addition to this, cockroaches can also trigger allergies and asthma attacks in at-risk people.
Cockroach Prevention Tips
When it comes to cockroach prevention your strategy should be twofold. First, take away anything that might be drawing cockroaches into your house in the first place. Second, seal off any possible access points to your home. To prevent cockroaches from invading your home, you should:
- Properly store all food in air-tight containers or the refrigerator.
- Wipe up any spills from countertops or floors immediately.
- Refrain from stacking dirty dishes in the sink for extended periods.
- Take out the trash regularly.
- Store trash in tightly-sealed trash bins.
- Use dehumidifiers to lower moisture levels in your home.
- Fix any leaky pipes or fixtures in your home.
- Seal any cracks in the foundation of your home.
- Seal gaps around windows and exterior door frames.
- Install door sweeps in all exterior doors.
- Install screens in windows and exterior doors.
- Install mesh covers over vents and other access points to your home.
Effective Cockroach Treatment Solutions
If you have any questions regarding cockroach prevention, or if you are currently dealing with a cockroach infestation, contact the professionals here at Havard Pest Control.
At Havard Pest Control, our trained pest technicians have the expertise and the experience required to effectively eliminate any cockroach infestation with which you are currently dealing. Additionally, we will work with you to take the proper measures to prevent future infestations.
Don’t let cockroaches threaten the health and safety of your family. Call us today.