How To Get Rid of Cockroaches In Texas

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Cockroach

Cockroaches prefer to feed and live in dark, moist places so if a cockroach is seen in the daytime, it is possible there is an infestation. They are most often found behind refrigerators, stoves, sinks, under floors, inside drains, and inside of major appliances.

The Most Common Types of Cockroaches in Texas

American Cockroach

One of the largest commonly found cockroaches in Texas, these roaches can reach 1-2 inches long.  Their color is reddish-brown with a shield portion behind the head that is sometimes light brown or yellow.

American Cockroaches are generally outdoor species.  They will live in decaying trees, woodpiles, palm trees, and sewer systems.  It’s easy for them to enter your home because they have flattened bodies.  Main points of entry include cracks around loose-fitting doors and windows, pipes and electric lines that pass through walls, and the attic ridge venting.  They’ll eat pretty much anything including sweets, starchy foods, meats, grease, baked goods, leather, wallpaper paste, and bookbinding.  These roaches have wings and are able to glide.

German Cockroach

Adult German Cockroaches are smaller (about 5/8 inch long) and light brown in color.  They have a thoracic shield behind the head which is marked with two black stripes.  Younger nymphs are even smaller, wingless, and have a pale stripe running down the middle of its body.  Nymphs have a darker color body as compared to adults.

German Cockroaches are mainly indoor species.  A common way homes become infested is by bringing in materials such as grocery bags or boxes that have eggs attached to them.  Bathrooms, kitchens, or other places that provide moisture, food, warmth, and shelter are where you’ll find these smaller roaches.  They’ll search for food and water at night mainly, but you will see them running around in the day too.  These roaches also hang out in kitchen cabinets, under/behind appliances, you might even find them living inside appliances.

Smoky-brown Cockroach

Smoky-brown cockroaches range from 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 inches long, which are dark brown to almost black in color. They require high humidity for survival and their antennae are usually longer than their bodies. They can be found outside in wooded areas that provide shade and moisture. They can also be seen in tree holes, mulch, buildings, and attics. Stacks of firewood, sewer-access openings, and trash piles can contribute to infestations. Once in structures, they are commonly found in attics or near fireplaces. Leaky roofs and plumbing lines attract these cockroaches.

The smoky-brown cockroach prefers warmer climates and is not cold-tolerant. Usually, they will try to come indoors during cooler weather. In addition to this, it fares well in moist conditions and appears to be particularly prevalent in moist concealed areas. It often lives around and inside the perimeter of houses.

Oriental Cockroaches

Oriental cockroaches are black or dark ground and usually grow to about 1 ¼ inches long.  They have short wings and do not fly.  People sometimes refer to these cockroaches as “water bugs,” mainly because they prefer dark and damp places, such as sewers, garbage disposals, kitchens, bathrooms, and indoor storage areas. Filth from these sources is spread by cockroaches to food supplies, food preparation surfaces, dishes, utensils, and other surfaces. Cockroaches contaminate far more food than they are able to eat.  

They are seldom found on walls, in high cupboards, or in the upper floors of buildings. At times large numbers occur in one great mass around leaks in the basement or crawl space areas of homes. Oriental cockroaches are generally found outdoors during warm weather, but in periods of drought, there may be considerable movement into structures, apparently in search of higher humidity. They may enter the home in food packages and laundry or merely come in under the door or through air ducts, garbage chutes, or ventilators.

How to Identify a Cockroach Infestation

In addition to seeing a cockroach during the daylight hours, there are several other common signs of a cockroach infestation:

  • Cockroach Feces—During an infestation, cockroach droppings will be visible. The smaller roaches expel feces that look like coffee black pepper or coffee grounds. Larger roaches produce cylindrical droppings. One good indicator of the level of infestation is the number of droppings.
  • Cockroach Eggs—Known as oothecae, cockroach eggs are oval-shaped and often visible behind furniture and in small spaces, such as between books.
  • Unpleasant Odors—The third indicator of an infestation can be unpleasant smells. Many of the species emit a musty odor or strong oily scent. In addition to the odor, there may be dead cockroach carcasses scattered throughout the house.

How to Get Rid of Cockroaches

There are many ways to remove and prevent cockroaches from returning including:

Boric Acid Powder

Found in products like toothpaste and detergent, Boric Acid Powder can be one of the best options to kill cockroaches. The downside is it can easily be misapplied and are constantly subject to air currents moving the powder away from the infested area. Simply sprinkle the powder into the effective area and it will affix to the pest when they walkthrough. The cockroach will then ingest the powder during eating and cleaning.

Caulking Open Areas

While caulking open areas will not kill the existing roaches, it will prevent further infestation and render the Boric Acid Powder more effective by reducing air currents. Caulk will fill entry points such as wall gaps and tiles, entry holes, and small crevices. You can also use weather stripping on the window seals and doors.

Glue Strips

Roach glue strips are an excellent method of locating large infestations. After inspecting the house, you will know where to strategically place the roach strips. Simply monitor them for one week and place the strips in a high-traffic area to catch the most roaches.

Gel Bait

Gel Bait is available in a tube and should be applied in crevices and cracks, under baseboards, and in areas that attract roaches. Gel bait is so effective that the result could be numerous dead roaches lying around the house.

Pest Management Professionals

The aforementioned may temporarily manage the issue but to truly eliminate cockroaches, it is best to hire pest management professionals like Alamo Termite & Pest Control. With one of the best guarantees in the industry, if the roaches are exterminated and return, Alamo Pest will go back to your Fort Worth, TX home and take care of the issue. Call us today at 817-760-0284 to schedule a free inspection.

 

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