Imagine something more disgusting than a cockroach. You can’t, can you? These trespassing insects abound throughout the United States and almost every continent, where they spread a host of diseases and allergens while ruining any improperly sealed food. For the sake of your family’s health and your own peace of mind, it’s essential to take proactive steps against a cockroach infestation by ridding your home of the bugs whenever they appear. Senske offers comprehensive cockroach control services throughout the West. From Boise to Spokane to Salt Lake City, we keep all homes cockroach-free.
Managing Cockroach Infestations
To keep your home consistently free of cockroaches, you need a comprehensive plan to keep them out. This plan should consist of:
- Preventive Measures- As with any other type of pest, it’s better to prevent a cockroach infestation from ever happening than to end one that is already underway. As a committed homeowner, you need to eliminate any features that attract these pests. Start by storing all food and drinks either in the fridge or in sealed containers, and cleaning up any crumbs that fall on your floor or countertops. Also make sure each section of your home is completely dry, as excessive moisture attracts cockroaches, particularly if that moisture is in wooden floors, walls, and furniture.
- Regular Inspections- Even after you’ve done everything you can to limit the likelihood of a cockroach infestation, these bugs can still make it into your home. When this happens, your best bet is to catch them early and get rid of them as quickly as possible. You should carry out regular inspections of each corner of your home, with a particular focus on basements, secluded areas, and areas near pipes and other sources of moisture. This way, if cockroaches do get in, you can kill them before they spread and multiply.
- Targeted Treatments- When you discover a cockroach infestation, you need to treat them immediately so that the problem does not grow worse. The best treatments are targeted towards the exact species of pest you’re dealing with. These treatments eliminate those roaches with maximum efficiency while causing minimal damage to your home, health, and pets.
Senske offers comprehensive cockroach control, inspections, and treatments, along with advice on how to keep these bugs from entering your home in the first place. With our help, you’ll never have to worry about a serious infestation.
Common Types of Cockroaches
In order to deal effectively with a cockroach infestation, you need to know what type of roach you’re dealing with. The most common roaches in our region of the country include:
- German Cockroaches- This type of roach tends to breed and live entirely indoors, meaning it is often responsible for entrenched infestations. These bugs gather in bathrooms, kitchens, and other areas with ample food and moisture. German cockroaches can be distinguished from other types of roaches by the pair of dark stripes running from the back of their head to the wings.
- American Cockroaches- The largest common species of cockroaches in the United States, these bugs can grow up to three inches in length. They range in color from dark red to brown, but with bright yellow edges. They tend to breed outdoors and live on trees but venture inside when looking for food and water.
- Brown Banded Cockroaches- This cockroach is roughly half an inch in length and varies in color by gender. The males have brown bases and golden wing tips, while females have darker bases and reddish wings; both also have bright yellow bands on their abdomens and wings. They prefer dry areas of your home, such as ceilings, the backs of picture frames, and the interiors of electric devices. Because of their preference for dryness, reducing moisture in your home is not an effective way to prevent them from invading.
- Oriental Cockroaches- These roaches are also known as “water bugs” because they are commonly found in moist areas within a structure. Oriental roaches are about 1.25 inches in length and glossy black/brown in color. Also, female and male roaches can easily be distinguished. Female roaches have functionless wings and males have wings that do not cover their entire abdomen. They tend to feed on decaying matter, which is why you should check for them in your garbage, basement, trash receptacle, and any outlets to the local sewer system.
Senske Comprehensive Pest Control
Senske has the resources and expertise to eliminate all these cockroaches for good. If you’re worried about a roach infestation, contact Senske today for a free estimate for pest control.