January 16, 2019
Your home is supposed to be a sanctuary. It’s the place you can go to relax, unwind, and recharge. But sometimes circumstances get in the way and make your home not quite the wonderful place it’s supposed to be. Maybe the housework has piled up and it stresses you out. Perhaps an unforeseen home repair is taking longer to complete than planned. Possibly, you have a cockroach infestation.
Cockroaches in Houston are quite common. Many varieties of cockroaches need moist environments, and our location and climate are perfect for them. Although they’re unpleasant, if they stay out of the way, we don’t think too much about them. However, when cockroaches move a little too close for comfort, we can’t help but think about them, and for good reason. Cockroaches are dangerous to our health, and they must be swiftly dealt with when they enter our living environments.
The Dangers of Cockroaches
Cockroaches live and move through dirty areas, picking up bacteria and other germs. Once they get into our homes, they spread these germs throughout the rooms they enter. Cockroaches pick up more germs on our unclean surfaces, such as sink drains, toilet seats, and garbage cans, and continue to distribute their findings wherever they travel. If we come into contact with these germs, we can contract a number of illnesses.
Cockroaches may exacerbate asthma symptoms in some people through their shed skin and feces, another health concern for those who are asthmatic.
Why Cockroaches Like Your Houston Home
Unfortunately, once a cockroach moves into your house, it’s unlikely that it will leave of its own accord. Some things that encourage cockroaches to settle down and eventually start reproducing:
- High humidity levels within your home.
- Leaky pipes in bathrooms or under kitchen sinks.
- Food left out and accessible means cockroaches can enjoy bountiful meals every night. Don't leave food out on the counter or dirty dishes in the sink overnight. Be sure to store foods in tightly sealed containers in your refrigerator or pantry.
- Take your trash out regularly, avoiding a build-up of old food to gather.
What to Do About Cockroaches in Your Houston Home
If you find cockroaches in your home, they won’t go away on their own. You’ll have to take action to eliminate them. But what action should you take?
DIY methods of cockroach extermination can be partially successful, but they rarely take care of the entire roach population infesting your home.
Time to Call the Professionals
Professional pest control is the best way to ensure that your entire cockroach problem is identified and treated. It’s also the best way to prevent a future cockroach infestation.
Modern Pest Control can help with all Houston-based cockroach infestations. Give us a call to set up an inspection.