How To Get Rid Of Cockroaches For Good In Dallas Homes

How To Get Rid Of Cockroaches For Good In Dallas Homes

Nobody wants them around, but they keep crawling out of the woodwork anyway. The cockroach is one of the most common and resilient creatures on the planet, believed to have originated about 280 million years ago. If they've not only survived but thrived for all that time, you can imagine how exceedingly well they do within the comparative luxury of the modern home. With its endless abundance of food, warmth, water, and shelter, your Dallas house is the roach's ideal environment. Although it may seem daunting to take them on at first, their enduring, universal pest status means that there are plenty of time-tested, well-documented methods for dealing with them. Here's everything you need to know to start driving off these ancient insectoid invaders once and for all.

The Big Three

The three most common types of cockroach found in our area are as follows:

  • The American cockroach can be considered the "classic" cockroach. It's 1 to 2 inches long with a reddish-brown shell and spiny legs.
  • The German cockroach is much smaller than its cousins at about 1/2 an inch long, with a light brown shell concealing vestigial wings.
  • The oriental cockroach, more commonly known as the water bug, is about 1 inch long. It's recognizable by its distinctive rounded shape and black shell, as well as for its preference for places with condensed moisture.

All of these unsightly little insects are born as expert survivalists, and their tenacity has helped them to stand the test of time. They can survive for months without food and will eat just about anything. They can run up to 3 miles an hour, ranking them among the fastest insects alive. They can even survive without a head for up to a week—and only because they can't eat or drink without a mouth. They do all of this while reproducing and spreading disease wherever they tread.

Grosser Than You Think

If you've seen some roaches around your home, then the bug itself is the least of your problems. When you think of a cockroach, chances are you're already remembering all manner of revolting moments involving them in your life, or perhaps some strange little factoids you've heard or read about them somewhere. What you may not know, and maybe never wanted to know, is exactly where they like to hang out when they're not skittering across your kitchen floor. For a hint, it's not the Ritz—or at least you'd hope not! No, the cockroach tends to frequent more underground establishments, such as sewer systems, garbage dumps, and dirty basements. They are attracted to standing moisture, which in many cases means… feces, rotten food, and any other forms of refuse you can imagine. All of that bacteria ends up on their legs, which naturally ends up wherever they travel. That essentially means they're tracking sewage and rot all over your home, including your bedroom, kitchen, and onto your food. Yuck!

What To Do About It

Cockroaches can be incredibly elusive, and even if you see one, there's no guarantee you'll catch it- much less kill it. Even if you do manage to, there are likely plenty more where that one came from. Even a small infestation must be addressed quickly and comprehensively, or else the problem will continue to grow and spiral out of control. If you're fighting a cockroach infestation or just want to make sure you never have to, here are a few steps you should follow:

  • Keep your property clean.
  • Seal potential entry points.
  • Practice proper food and trash storage.
  • Address any moisture issues.
  • Contact the pros for guidance.

There's Still Hope

The experts at Urbanex can offer complete protection from these persistent household pests. If cockroaches are beginning to feel less like insects and more like devious alien monsters, give us a call today for some cockroach control tomorrow.

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