Dallas Homeowner's Cockroach-Prevention Guide

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There may only be a handful of people in the world who actually like cockroaches. And we can safely assume that even these people don’t want cockroaches freely roaming around in their homes. Cockroaches are dirty, diseases ridden, and all-around trouble. If you are looking for a creative and effective solution to keep roaches out of your Dallas home, you are in luck. Today we have put together a comprehensive guide for cockroach prevention. We hope this helps.

Most Common Cockroaches In Dallas

Here in Dallas, there are only 3 species of cockroaches you have to worry about trying to get into your home. Let us break down each of them for you.

  • The American Roach: Reddish-brown in color, the American roach is the largest pest species of cockroach in North America, growing to be as large at 2 ⅛” long. Luckily, these pest roaches are not as common as their cousins below.
  • The German Roach: Much smaller than American roaches at only ⅝” long maximum, and typically light brown to tan in color, the German cockroach is the most common home-invading roach around the world. Fun fact, these roaches can be found on every continent except for Antarctica.
  • The Oriental Roach: An inch-long fully grown, the Oriental cockroach can be best identified by its shiny black body. Also referred to as water bugs, these roaches are considered one of the larger cockroach species around the world.

How Dangerous Are Cockroaches?

Despite their size and lack of venom and teeth, cockroaches are about as dangerous as pests come. They are able to carry over 33 different kinds of bacteria, 7 human pathogens, and 6 harmful parasitic pests. Cockroaches possess a variety of ways to get you and your family sick. They spread these materials as they crawl and scavenge throughout homes. If you know your home has a roach problem, be extremely careful what and where you eat. Clean off food-preparation surfaces and tables before making or eating a meal and make sure not to leave food out where cockroaches can contaminate it. Do these things until you are sure your cockroach problem has been dealt with.
If all of this wasn’t enough, cockroaches also shed between stages of growth. This shed skin can get into the air like dust particles and can contribute to allergies and asthma attacks. All around, if you don’t want anyone in your home getting sick, keep roaches out of your home.

How Cockroaches Get Inside And How You Can Prevent Them

Cockroaches can get into your Dallas home in a number of different ways. They are most likely to get in through a gap or crack in your home’s exterior foundation, but can also be found crawling in through utility piping and/or sewer lines. This means if your neighbors are dealing with roaches, your home could be next. This being said, here are some great ways you can deter and seal cockroaches out of your home.

  • Seal gaps and cracks in your home’s foundation and around window and door frames using a caulking gun.
  • Address moisture problems in your home by fixing leaks and installing dehumidifiers within particularly humid rooms.
  • Limit rooms you eat food in to just the kitchen and dining room.
  • Clean regularly and address food and drink messes as they happen.
  • Make sure your interior and exterior trash cans have tight-fitting lids.
  • Store leftover foods inside airtight plastic, metal, or glass containers.

How To Get Cockroaches Out Of Your Home

Dealing with cockroaches on your own can be tough. Without the proper training and knowledge of how to eliminate them, trying to handle them on your own will most likely be a huge waste of time, money, and effort. If you are looking for a quick and simple solution to cockroaches, look no further than Dynasty Pest Control. We have the treatments and services you can rely on.
Contact us today for any questions, or to schedule a cockroach control visit for your Dallas home.