Cockroaches are some of the more common pests homeowners have to deal with each year, but figuring out if you have an infestation and what to do about it can mean the difference between keeping your home in good shape or feeling like these pests are taking over.
Your Parrish pest control team wants to help you feel empowered and ready to deal with any infestation that may come your way. Let's look at how to identify an infestation and what you can do to keep roaches from returning.
Step One: How To Identify A Cockroach Infestation
Before you can start looking into cockroach control methods, you need to decide if you have an infestation in your home.
The best place to start is by checking for the following signs of a cockroach infestation:
Seeing the insects themselves: If you see roaches in your home, you know you have a problem. Keep in mind that you may only see a few at a time, but there are likely more lurking elsewhere.
Smelling odd odors: Roaches can excrete a musty odor around your home.
Seeing shed skins: As roaches grow, they shed their exoskeletons. These exoskeletons will look like hollow roach-shaped remains.
Finding droppings: Roach droppings can look like used coffee grounds. If you see them on the floor, near food, or in the corners of your kitchen, you likely have a cockroach infestation.
Any of these signs should put you on high alert! Contact a professional pest control company for cockroach control immediately.
Step Two: Understand The Health Risks Related To Roach Infestations
Cockroaches in Parrish carry bacteria and pathogens, which they'll spread throughout your home as they move around. These bacteria and pathogens can result in the following health risks:
These conditions are treatable, but you'll have to consult with your doctor to make sure you're able to recover fully.
Step Three: Call In The Experts For Total Cockroach Elimination
If you have a roach problem in your home, the best thing you can do is schedule a professional roach control appointment. There are different types of cockroaches, and the method of treating your home to remove them once and for all may vary from species to species.
The experienced pest control specialists here at Westfall's Lawn and Pest know what to look for, how to identify the most common species, and can assess the extent of the infestation. Once we know how severe the problem is, we can create a plan to treat your home so any roaches indoors will die off.
After the initial treatment, we can establish an ongoing maintenance plan to protect your home from future infestations.
Step Four: Tips To Prevent Roaches From Coming Back
Though professional treatments are the best way to keep roaches from coming back, there are still a few things you and your family can do to reduce the risk of future infestations and make professional pest control for roaches more effective in the long run.
Here are a few key tips to help you keep roaches away from your home:
Seal cracks, holes, and crevices around the outside of your house as soon as you find them.
Install mesh screens over drains and vents to keep roaches from accessing your home through your plumbing.
Keep your home clean and tidy, picking up any boxes and clutter as it collects.
Fix any leaks or causes of excess humidity levels in your home as soon as possible.
Store food in airtight containers.
Keep your trash in a designated trash can with a tight-fitting lid.
Pick up pet food between feeding sessions.
These tips can help you prevent roaches, but they can't get rid of cockroaches already in your home. If you've seen cockroaches around your property, contact us to schedule a pest control appointment.
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