Professional Cockroach Control Is The Way To Go For Your Lawrenceville Home
If you find a cockroach in your house, what should you do? The response of Lawrenceville residents is mixed. Some shrug them off, believing that roaches are like all the other insects they find in their yards. Some are fearful and attempt to spray cockroaches into oblivion. We don't recommend doing either of these things. Cockroaches aren't like the beetles in your garden. They forage in dumpsters, trash receptacles, sewers, and drains. You should take immediate action to remove them from your home. But using cockroach poison, as some do, is not the way to go. These products don't work to arrest a cockroach infestation. You can spray all day, every day, and still have cockroaches. They can also make you sick. Join us as we tackle the difficult subject of how dangerous cockroaches can be and why DIY cockroach control can not only fall short but can actually increase the danger. We'll also share tips for getting rid of cockroaches naturally and discuss how professional pest control in Lawrenceville may offer the best solution.
The Types Of Cockroaches That Invade Lawrenceville Homes
Know thy enemy. We have several pest cockroaches in Lawrenceville. Some are worse than others because they have a greater chance of making you sick and they're harder to control. The worst of all are German cockroaches. Here are a few reasons why:
- German cockroaches have fully adapted to living in man-made structures. They are so strongly associated with humans that there are currently no known populations of German cockroaches living in the wild anywhere in the world.
- German cockroaches have genetic adaptability and can alter their cuticles to protect themselves from chemical exposure. Over the last century, we've turned these roaches into super roaches by exposing them to a wide range of pesticides.
- German cockroaches can genetically alter their tastebuds. Some populations of these roaches are born with an aversion to common cockroach baits.
- German cockroaches are small. An immature nymph of this species can crawl through the holes of an electrical outlet. You're going to have a hard time keeping these roaches out of your home.
- German cockroaches can live indoors and outdoors in urban areas and spread from structure to structure. They can also hitch a ride in furniture and other items to spread between structures.
If you have German roaches in your home, it is best to contact ProCare Pest Services for immediate treatment in Lawrenceville. We use a multi-pronged strategy and a mixture of products to ensure no roaches remain in your home.
In our Lawrenceville service area, we have one species that is head and shoulder above the rest in terms of its ability to make you sick. It even outclasses German cockroaches in doing this. It is the Oriental cockroach. If you see these black roaches crawling around in your home, you should know these facts about them:
- Oriental cockroaches don't do well inside structures because they need rotting organic matter and damp conditions. Neither are likely to be found in your home.
- Exposure to rotting organic matter from birth makes Oriental cockroaches a serious health concern.
- Use sanitation and moisture control to keep these roaches out of your home.
One last cockroach species worth mentioning is the American cockroach. It falls in between the other two mentioned above. American cockroaches can do well inside your home, and it is hard to get rid of them. But you will have some success with using sanitation and moisture control to drive them out. You won't have success controlling German cockroaches in this way.
Cockroaches In Your Home Is A Major Risk To Your Health
Pest cockroaches get into dirty places and spread harmful bacteria. All of the roaches above are considered a health threat. In most cases, the greatest concern is stomach illness but cockroaches are associated with at least seven human pathogens and are known to increase hospitalizations for asthma-related symptoms. They also can pick up harmful chemicals and spread them around inside your home if you use cockroach control products. It is best to use all-natural and environmentally friendly methods.
Why DIY Cockroach Control Is A Waste Of Time And Money
Cockroaches aren't easy to control. They can reject your baits, resist your insecticides, avoid your traps, and reproduce quicker than you can remove them from your home. You can spend money on products and get sick and lose time from work, and ultimately end up contacting a professional and putting that cost on top of everything else. Our recommendation is to skip the middleman and contact a licensed professional first. You may also spend your money wisely and invest in home repairs and upgrades that naturally drive roaches out. Here are some suggestions and why they work:
- Repair any leaking faucets, showerheads, pipes, and garbage disposals. Leaks provide water droplets for cockroaches to drink and elevate humidity levels which some roaches need for hydration. If pest roaches have high moisture requirements, and your home is dry, the roaches may go back outside where damp conditions are present.
- Replace moisture-damaged wood. Cockroaches like to get inside gaps and cracks because these insects are thigmotactic. They prefer tight spaces in wood because they find rotting organic matter, fungus, mold, and bugs to eat. Moisture leads to rot, and rot creates gaps. Replacing wood strengthens your home and makes it resistant to bugs and the cockroaches that eat them.
- Move scrap wood, stacked wood, and dead branches away from your exterior walls. When cockroaches explore wood near your home, they are more likely to find their way indoors. We recommend getting plastic bins to store wood inside. Plastic bins prevent the wood from sitting on the ground where it can get damp and where it is easily accessible to cockroaches and other pests.
- Use a caulking gun or cans of spray foam to fill in gaps and cracks in your exterior and gaps around the pipe under your kitchen sink. Cockroaches use these entry points to go in and out of homes. Gaps create a recipe for sickness because cockroaches go from dirty places outside to clean places inside. On top of cockroach control, filling gaps helps you keep moisture out and temperature-controlled air inside.
- On the outside of your home, repair gutter breaks and ensure your gutters are free of clogs. Moisture problems cause wood to decay, and decaying wood invites cockroaches, termites, carpenter ants, silverfish, and many other pests. Some homeowners install gutter protectors, which keep leaf debris out and prevent blockages.
- Clean your home thoroughly, including the sides of your oven and hidden gaps in your kitchen, pantry, and bathrooms. It is a lot of work to deep clean, but it is well worth the effort. Cockroaches are far from the only pests deterred by a clean home.
- Purchase trash receptacles that have tight-fitting lids. The food your throw away is an attractant for cockroaches and other pests. Most receptacles have covers with gaps that cockroaches can easily squeeze past. Along with this, gaps allow the scent of garbage to escape. When roaches get a whiff of that, they will be motivated to get inside.
Now that you know the basics of how to get rid of cockroaches naturally, let's talk about what a licensed pest control professional can do to help you get ahead of cockroach infestations and prevent infestations.
The Best Cockroach Control Solution For Your Home
At the first signs of cockroach infestation—or long before roaches get into your home—it is best to get professional help. Professionals use field-tested methods to outsmart cockroaches and prevent them from evading treatments. Baits and other products are tested and evaluated using monitoring methods. Multiple products are combined to get effective results every time.
Along with targeted treatments to arrest cockroach activity, we can provide ongoing pest control for your home to keep a long list of pests out, including cockroaches.
- If needed, we treat your interior baseboards and other essential areas to repel cockroaches and drive them out. When we do this, you're likely to see an increase in pest activity around your home after your initial treatment because the repellent we use works great.
- Liquid treatments to your exterior make it hard for cockroaches to live right next to your home.
- Crack and crevice treatments bolster your defenses.
- Spot granular treatments in your yard work to stop roaches before they get to the perimeter around your home.
At ProCare Pest Services, we provide layer upon layer of protection against cockroaches and other common household pests. We know of no better way to get control of roach problems and prevent future infestations. If you'd like to learn more about how our hardworking technicians get pests out of your home and keep them out, we'd love the opportunity to have the conversation with you. Reach out to us today for answers to your questions or to schedule a service visit for your Lawrenceville home. We look forward to helping you find the perfect solution for all your pest concerns.