It doesn’t take much to hate cockroaches. If you have never had a personal encounter with one of these pests or have never seen one on tv, trust us when we tell you they are about as creepy and problematic as pests come. But what’s the best way to prevent cockroaches from invading your San Antonio home? To help you with this today, here is a simple step-by-step guide you can use.

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Cockroaches In Our Area

There are three species of cockroaches common to the San Antonio area: German roaches, Oriental roaches, and American roaches. Although different in size and appearance, these three insects have many things in common. Here are a few common cockroach characteristics you should know.

Fast

The cockroach is one of the fastest insects in America and can crawl at speeds up to three miles an hour. While that doesn’t sound like much, they can easily transfer from floors to walls, to ceilings without breaking a sweat.

Tough

Roaches are incredibly tough pests. They can withstand over 900 times their body weight in pressure, compress their bodies to fit through tight crevices, and have a tough exoskeleton that protects them against prey.

Resistant

A cockroach can withstand five times more radiation than a human, is resistant to many common pest control products, and is adept at avoiding danger when presented with an active threat to their life.

Dangerous 

Roaches are helpful to the environment because they break down rotting and decaying organic matter. However, it gets problematic when roaches start doing this around homes. If you didn’t know, trash, sewage, and rotting animals often host dangerous pathogens. When feeding, roaches pick up these disease-causing organisms and spread them throughout the homes they are infesting. Some of the most common diseases people contract from roaches include salmonellosis, cholera, dysentery, and plague.

Why Roaches Are Hard To Treat

Cockroaches are adept at avoiding danger and surviving dangerous situations. One big problem many homeowners have when trying to eliminate roaches is not applying treatments properly. Keep in mind that many pest control products contain chemicals and are dangerous when applied in the wrong locations or the wrong amounts. Our recommendation is to avoid trying to eliminate roaches alone and to leave the job to a professional.

Preventing Cockroaches

The good news is that preventing cockroaches is a whole lot easier than eliminating these pests. All you need is time, a few tools, and a little know-how. If you are up for the task, here are some great places to start:

  • Remove clutter and debris from your property.

  • Trim your lawn and landscaping frequently.

  • Repair damage to gutters. 

  • Fix leaky fixtures and piping around your home.

  • Address moisture issues indoors.

  • Clean out your pet’s food and water bowls before going to bed at night.

  • Use a caulking gun to seal gaps, cracks, and holes in your home’s exterior foundation.

  • Address problems with window/door screens, weatherstripping, and door sweeps.

  • Clean beneath large kitchen appliances.

  • Pick up food and drink messes as they happen.

  • Limit the number of rooms where you eat and drink to just one or two.

For easier cockroach control around your San Antonio property, get the experts at Pestmaster® Services - San Antonio involved. Our team of highly trained technicians has been handling pests for years and would be happy to implement proven solutions around your property to keep annoying dangerous cockroaches away.

Call us today at (210)-794-9682 for more information and to schedule a visit to your San Antonio property.

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