Why Is It So Hard To Keep Cockroaches Out Of My Arlington Home?

July 16, 2020

It’s a well-known fact: cockroaches are disgusting. Ask almost anyone, and they’ll tell you that roaches are probably on the top of the list of common pests they’d want to avoid. A long string of ants marching around your yard isn’t a huge deal, and the occasional cricket isn’t all that scary. Even rats, while they might be destructive, disease-carrying rodents, are much easier to keep out of your house. However, walking into a dark room and turning on the lights only to see a few roaches dart into the corners will absolutely make your skin crawl.

an oriental cockorach crawling in a kitchen

The scariest part about roaches, though, is how much more dangerous they are than most people realize. If you understood how much of a health risk these pests posed to you and your family, you might be a little bit more proactive in the way you protect your home from the roaches that plague Arlington.

The Big Four

They say everything is bigger in Texas, and that includes the roach problems. Most regions only deal with 2 or 3 types of roaches, but Arlington homes are often infiltrated by 4 different kinds of roaches:

  • German Cockroaches: the smallest of the four, but also the sneakiest. Usually, light brown to tan in color, they’ll find their way into the pantry and access any food that isn’t properly stored.
  • American Cockroaches: These guys are about an inch long and have a red/brown color. They’ll inhabit any areas of your home that have moisture problems, like behind the fridge or in the basement with the leaky pipes.
  • Smokey Brown Cockroaches: Similar size to the American, but a darker shade of brown/black. These are skilled fliers, making them hard to catch and keep out…and they’ll eat just about anything from your garden to your kitchen supplies.
  • Oriental Cockroaches: The Oriental cockroach bears resemblance to the American as well, but has a shinier gloss. Slightly pickier eaters, these guys will mostly eat decaying vegetation in your yard or any left-out starches in your pantry. Their strong odor will give them away in the event of a large infestation.

Severe Health Risks

Now that you’ve got the rundown, you should be able to identify these roaches if your home incurs an infestation. And it’s important to know how paramount it is to spot an infestation early. You see, along with being a threat to your food stores, these pests love to hang out in heavily contaminated areas before entering your home. They’ll carry bacteria and pathogens around your living space and food-prepping areas that can easily transfer to humans. Just because a roach doesn’t touch or bite you, doesn’t mean you won’t get infected by the diseases they’re bringing into your house. Allowing a roach infestation to gain a foothold in your home is opening the door to serious diseases like salmonella, E.coli, and severe respiratory/allergy issues.

Go With The Sure Thing

Now, there are some preventative measures to keep these roaches out of your home, like:

  • Keeping your home clean

  • Storing all food properly

  • Not letting the dishes pile up (good luck)

However, with serious health risks as an alternative, wouldn’t you rather trust professional help? These roaches hang out in dumps, landfills, sewers, and garbage cans before they enter your homes. So, do you really want to take it upon yourself to ensure they aren’t contaminating your house?

If you want a stress-free, guaranteed method of roach control, contact the premier pest control company for Arlington residents: Mid South Pest & Termite. When roaches enter your home, you’ll regret not hiring the professionals when you realize how hard it is to get rid of them. But you’ll never regret going with the sure thing.

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