The Key To Fast And Effective Roach Removal In Covington

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When you hear that all-too-familiar skittering sound on your bathroom or kitchen floor at night, you know you have cockroaches, even though you don't see them. Over time, these sneaky pests get less sneaky. You may pick something up off the floor and watch a roach scramble away to safety. Or you may turn the light on in the bathroom in the middle of the night and catch a roach getting an evening drink of water from a drip in your sink. If you find a cockroach in your house, what can (and should) you do about them? Join us as we look at common Covington roaches, what these pests do in your home when you're not looking, and the key to fast and effective cockroach removal. Stick with us till the end and we will give you five tips to help prevent a roach infestation or avoid future infestation after getting rid of these pests. Need help with cockroaches and want to speak with a professional about your cockroach problem? Jump to our contact page and connect with us. Harvard Pest Control provides a range of solutions for cockroach pest control in Covington. We can guide you toward the right solution.

Types Of Roaches That Infest Covington Homes

There are two kinds of cockroaches in Covington that get into homes. One is nocturnal. You won't likely see cockroaches that prefer nocturnal activity until your cockroach infestation grows significantly. The other is diurnal. These cockroaches crawl around in the light and let you know you have an infestation. Is that a good thing or a bad thing? Let's quickly look at a few facts about each.

Nocturnal Cockroaches: Besides hiding in the darkness, what else should you know about this kind of roach? They are typically dirty insects because they climb in unsanitary environments and eat unsanitary things. They also eat things that aren't food, such as wallpaper, documents, cardboard, and clothing. As they damage items in your home by chewing on them, they soil these items with their fecal matter.

Diurnal Cockroaches: It is disturbing to see cockroaches running around in your home, but if you do see them, this is actually a good thing. Cockroaches that are active during the day are a species of wood roaches. These insects don't prefer to live with you. If they're in your home, it is likely there is an ideal habitat near your home, such as a pile of dead branches. Remove the branches, pest-proof your home, and say goodbye to the cockroaches. Hopefully. Along with being easier to control (sometimes), wood roaches aren't as dirty as their home-loving cousins. They can get into garbage, but they prefer to eat natural detritus.

Every cockroach infestation is slightly different. Some nocturnal roach infestations are easy to correct, and some wood roach infestations are difficult. Generalizations are generally true, but there are always exceptions. If the cockroaches in your home won't leave, contact Havard Pest Control for assistance. We can identify the pest roaches you're dealing with and guide you toward a treatment plan to effectively eliminate them.      

Why Roaches In Your Home Are A Hazard To Your Health

There are many hazards associated with cockroach infestations. Some are straightforward. For instance, you know cockroaches are dirty insects. It is no surprise that they spread germs. But some of the ways cockroaches present a health hazard are subtle. Let's take a quick look at the complex problem.

  • Cockroaches climb in garbage receptacles. Some lay their eggs in rotting organic matter, so the new roaches are contaminated as soon as they hatch. The microorganisms they pick up can cause stomach illness after they deposit these invisible bugs on surfaces, plates, silverware, toothbrushes, etc.
  • Cockroaches eat feces and other dirty things and are considered a disease vector. They are linked to cholera, typhoid fever, listeriosis, and more.
  • Cockroaches shed their skins. These skins have proteins that are considered allergens. Families with cockroach infestations have a higher rate of hospitalizations for asthma symptoms and respiratory issues.
  • DIY roach pest control is sometimes more harmful than cockroaches because roaches move through control materials and spread them around interior spaces, including pantries and kitchen cabinets. It is essential to have a licensed applicator handle these materials when they're needed.

Cockroaches are not great houseguests. If you see a cockroach in your home, it is best to take action. Let's look at the fastest way to get rid of cockroaches in Covington.  

How Do I Get Rid Of Roaches In My Home Fast?

When you find cockroaches in your home, or suspect that you have a roach infestation, the fastest solution is to contact Havard Pest Control for assistance. There are many benefits to having our pest management professionals handle your cockroach treatment.

  • We use control materials that are known to eliminate cockroaches. Many over-the-counter products don't work because roaches have an adaptable physiology. When exposed to harmful materials, roach nymphs shed their skins and create new skins that offer more protection. Since this is a genetic alteration, they share their immunity with their offspring.
  • We use field-tested methods. When dealing with cockroaches that are resistant to control materials, it pays to hire a company that employs pest professionals. Our technicians are trained in cockroach control strategies and use a variety of products to achieve control.
  • We evaluate the application of baits. A common way cockroach control fails is that the application of bait fails. Some cockroaches have bait-averse offspring and applying too much bait can cause cockroaches to become bait-averse if they aren't already. Our technicians use protocols to evaluate the success of bait applications.
  • We don't just arrest cockroach infestations. Our technicians apply pest-proofing in key areas to prevent cockroaches from continuing to enter.

Are you struggling with cockroaches in Covington? You're not alone. These pests have a way of outsmarting DIY treatments. They are highly adaptable insects with behavior patterns that help them avoid danger. If you want roaches gone as quickly as possible, the solution is professional pest control.       

Five Tips To Prevent Future Roach Problems In Your Home

Once the cockroaches in your home are eliminated, how do you prevent a future infestation? The secret is to alter conditions around the exterior of your home. If you don't mind a little work, you can deter cockroaches significantly.

1. Practice Impeccable Sanitation Around Your Home 

Cockroaches are attracted to the scent of decaying organic material. If they have a reason to explore your exterior, it is only a matter of time before they invade your home again.

  • Clean trash receptacles.
  • Keep trash covered.
  • Store pizza boxes in a bin.
  • Clean recycling items and store them in a bin.
  • Clean grills and outdoor eating areas.

Take steps like these to remove the smells and foods pest cockroaches prefer.

2. Remove Cockroach Hiding Places

Nocturnal cockroaches prefer to stay hidden. They'll get into cracks and gaps, or hide underneath objects in your yard. If you know what they hide under, you may deter roach activity near your home.

  • Roaches prefer to hide under leaves, sticks, and other organic debris.
  • Roaches love to climb in rocks, concrete, and brick.
  • Roaches hide under any objects that block the sun and provide shade.

A clear perimeter is resistant to roach activity and will reduce activity. 

3. Address Moisture Issues

Nocturnal cockroaches are attracted to damp environments. If you have a damp perimeter, you can invite these insects to your home. Here are a few suggestions to address ground saturation.

  • Repair damaged pipes and hoses.
  • Repair damaged gutters and obstructions.
  • Trim vegetation in your landscaping to create good airflow.
  • Create soil grade to allow water to flow away.

Simple corrections can have a big impact on moisture problems. 

4. Pick Up Dog Waste

It is unpleasant to think about but cockroaches eat feces. If you have a dog that goes outside to do his business, cockroaches will take notice. Staying on top of waste cleanup is essential.

  • Use a plastic bag to get waste in the yard.
  • Bring a plastic bag when outside with your dog in the yard.
  • Apply an odor eliminator to reduce or remove the scent.

5. Seal Cockroach Entry Points Around Your Exterior

A cockroach can compact its body and squeeze through the smallest of gaps. It can also scale walls and defy gravity. Any gap, high or low, horizontal or vertical, will provide entry for a roach.

  • Make sure all exterior doors are completely sealed.
  • Check for gaps around door and window frames.
  • Inspect door and window screens and make repairs.
  • Seal foundation cracks and gaps around foundation penetrations.

These tips may keep cockroaches out if you have normal cockroach pressures in your yard. If more control is needed, consider a year-round pest control service plan. For home pest control in Covington, contact Harvard Pest Control. Our Pest Shield programs provide great coverage for all of the pests that concern you. Let us guide you in finding the right control solution for your home and family. 

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