Here in Fort Worth, TX, most of us have encountered the inevitable cockroach dart across our kitchen or bathroom floor. As disgusting as they are, due to our hot summers and mild weathers, Texas makes the perfect habitat for these gross, unwanted creatures. In fact, according to https://www.thetravel.com/, out of the ten cities marked the worst for cockroaches, two are in Texas, Houston, and Dallas. Here is everything you need to know about cockroaches, including how to help prevent them.
Identifying the Cockroach
Cockroaches are oval and less than two inches in length. They vary in color but are typically dark brown, tan, or black in color. The largest type of cockroach is the American cockroach, often referred to as the “palmetto bug.” Some cockroaches have wings but rarely use them. Texas is home to several types of cockroaches which include:
Cockroaches hide in dark, damp, secluded areas such as bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and basements. They are very adaptable and will eat almost anything in your home. This includes scraps leftover from pets or crumbs lost in hard to reach places such as under your stove or refrigerator. Closets and dressers make cozy hiding areas for these repulsive creatures, and sometimes they will even use your clothing as a place to lay their eggs. Body fluids, food, and drink spells, and laundry detergent smells, attract roaches to clothes.
Signs I have a Roach Problem
The Headless Cockroach
As if a cockroach is not creepy enough by itself, it can, in fact, live up to a week without its head. Due to their open circulatory system, and the fact that they breathe through little holes in each of their body segments, they are not dependent on the mouth or head to breathe. The roach only dies because without a mouth, it can’t drink water and dies of thirst. Fortunately, this is just completely disturbing, not dangerous.
Are Cockroaches Dangerous?
Cockroaches do not bite or cause damage to your property; however, they are known to carry various diseases dangerous to humans. Because they are scavengers and seek out food in garbage cans, sewers, and drains, they pick up germs and spread them throughout your surfaces. Cockroaches have been known to transmit salmonella, typhoid fever, dysentery, and cholera. Allergens dispersed by cockroaches can also cause allergic reactions and asthma in some humans.
Along with Pest Control, How Else Can I Prevent Cockroaches?
Unfortunately, as most Texans know, cockroaches are prevalent throughout our state. Roaches flock to this area because of our high humidity factor. Gro Lawn offers a perimeter pest control service where we create a secure border around your house to help stop pests from crossing it. Our perimeter pest control stops and kills bugs on contact, preventing them from entering your home and breeding. Living in Fort Worth, Texas, they can be difficult to prevent and control. Along with our perimeter pest control, there are several things you can do on your own to help avoid them.
Contact Gro Lawn now to learn how we can assist you with the prevention of cockroaches, and other pests. We will assess your home, devise a plan and put an end to these pesky critters so that you can enjoy your home again. Call us today at 817-447-7711 or request a free estimate.