Anna’s Total Cockroach Prevention Guide
January 3, 2022
It’s never fun to see a cockroach running across your kitchen counter, but here in Anna, these disgusting insects have a pretty easy time of it. Our comparatively mild winters mean they don’t have to worry about riding out freezing temperatures for several months out of the year. With the massive population of nearby Dallas, they don’t have to worry about running out of people to mooch food off of either. That means there isn’t much to keep their populations under control, which in turn means you’ll need to take some serious anti-cockroach measures.
Common Area Cockroaches
Here in Anna, we’ve got a lot of the most common roaches in the country, from tiny German cockroaches to funky-looking Oriental cockroaches to massive American cockroaches. German cockroaches are the worst species you can get in your home. While American cockroaches are larger and segmented, wingless Oriental cockroaches are uglier, and German roaches are the fastest breeders. All cockroaches breed fast, but German ones can reproduce so quickly that they can fill your home with their offspring in a matter of months. That’s why the old adage “if you see one, there are fifty you don’t see” is much more than just a wives’ tale.
Dangers Of Cockroaches
Although different cockroach species have different looks and habits, they all have a lot of the same things in common. For example, most cockroach diets are pretty much the same. They’re not very picky. They’ll eat just about anything, including garbage, rotten flesh, and even feces. The cockroach diet is part of the reason why roaches spread so many diseases. They spend so much time hanging out in sewers and garbage dumps eating whatever’s down there that they drag all the pathogens from these places into your house when they enter. They contaminate food stores and surfaces with their dirty feet and feces.
All in all, roaches are known or suspected to spread over forty different types of pathogens, including:
What To Do About Cockroaches
Cockroach removal is not easy. Once you get a cockroach infestation, it’s just about impossible to get rid of. That’s why prevention is the primary weapon in your anti-cockroach arsenal. To keep cockroaches away, you’ll need to take a two-pronged approach. The first thing you need to do is make sure your home is challenging for cockroaches to enter:
- Inspect your home’s exterior and seal up every crack or hole you find.
- Install weather stripping in any window or door gaps.
- Ensure window and door screens fit tightly and are free of rips and tears.
The second and more important aspect of cockroach prevention is making your home less attractive to them. Because roaches are so small, they can always find a way in. It’s essential to make it hard for them, but where there’s a will, there’s a way. So you need to make sure they don’t want to get in your home, to begin with:
- Keep all trash cans on your property covered with tight-fitting lids.
- Store foods in the fridge or airtight plastic containers.
- Never leave pet foods or pet bowls sitting out.
- Always clean up immediately after meals.
- Avoid leaving dirty dishes in the sink or anywhere else.
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