How to Get Rid of Big Roaches
Home pest control can be tricky, especially when you’re battling a pest like the infamous Texas cockroach. Whether native or newcomer, you’ve probably had at least one encounter with these pests already. We know that bug infestations can be both time-consuming and frustrating. That’s why the home pest control team at Bug Commander in Frisco, TX wants to share step-by-step tips and tricks to help you get rid of roaches at your residence.
Types of Cockroaches in Texas
The most common types of cockroaches you will encounter include:
- American (Large Texas cockroaches)
- Smokybrown (Very similar to American cockroaches)
A Spotlight on Large Texas Cockroaches
Everything is bigger in Texas–Even our roaches, it seems. The giant roaches you see scuttling across the room when you flick on the light–or even flying at you–have many names, such as:
- Palmetto bugs (Not true palmetto bugs)
- American cockroaches
- Bombay canaries
You may see signs of their presence such as tiny black droppings in damp areas where they hang out or their centimeter-long egg casings. Unfortunately for us, they love the Texas climate and are active all year round.
Deterring Big Texas Cockroaches in in 8 Simple Steps
- Identify the species and severity of infestation. Texas is home to a variety of cockroaches, so try setting out sticky traps near the areas in or around your home where you suspect an infestation. This will allow you to see both what type(s) of roaches you’re dealing with, as well as a general idea of how many cockroaches are active in your home.
- Make your home unappealing to roaches. While cleaning is probably already a part of your routine, go the extra mile to deter roaches. Keep surfaces clean, wash dishes the day of use, and don’t leave dirty ones in the sink. Make sure pet food and trash bags are sealed tightly at all times.
- Implement chemicals. Try a combination of store-bought baits and powdered products like boric acid. Place these items under furniture, near your refrigerator, and near pipes or cracks where you suspect entry or exit points.
- Keep bait areas clean. Make sure you keep the area around the baits particularly clean. If there is any other food source in the area, roaches will likely ignore the baits and go for something else.
- Seal up all entryways. Fill in any cracks in your home’s exterior or foundation and repair leaky pipes. Reinforce existing seals around windows, doors, and air conditioners.
- Remove potential outdoor roach homes. Move things like dumpsters, woodpiles, and other types of debris as far away from your home as possible. These types of structures attract roach colonization and habitation.
- Turn off outdoor lights when possible. Just as with most flying insects, light sources attract flying roaches. Keep outdoor lights off whenever possible to deter these species and other pests in general.
- Contact pest control professionals. Sometimes, a roach infestation is too extensive to handle with store-bought products alone. If you find yourself unable to eradicate your roach infestation, contact the experts at Bug Commander and let us help you take back your home.
Why Do I Have Roaches in My House?
- You might have cracks in the exterior walls, dryer vents, or even the gaps between walls and floors
- You might have leaky pipes or faucets
- Roaches can make food out of just about anything, cardboard, book binding, grease, and even soap
- You might have things like bird baths, flower pots and gutters and roaches are attracted to the standing water found there
For more information about home pest control in Texas, give Bug Commander a call (214) 307-1933.