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Why Can't I Get Rid Of These Roaches In My Huntsville Home?

January 30, 2022

There are many problems new homeowners face their first year owning a home. One big problem is finding pests crawling or buzzing around indoors. Not only are pests in our area annoying, but some are also dangerous and destructive. Today we will be talking about one incredibly problematic pest, the cockroach, and providing you tools to identify and control these pests inside your Huntsville home.

What Types Of Cockroaches Invade Homes In Huntsville?

Thousands of types of cockroaches exist around the globe; three main species of cockroaches in Huntsville regularly get inside and cause trouble for homeowners: American cockroaches, German cockroaches, and Oriental cockroaches. American cockroaches are the largest domestic roach and can grow to be upwards of 2 ⅛ inches long. The American cockroach has a reddish-brown body and a yellowish figure-eight pattern located behind its head. German cockroaches are the most common species of home-invading roaches here in Huntsville and in most other places across the globe. The German cockroach is ½ to ⅝ of an inch long, light brown to tan in color, and has two almost parallel dark lines behind its head. Oriental cockroaches are not as common as German roaches and not as large as American roaches, but they are easy to identify. The Oriental cockroach has a one-inch-long black body.

How Dangerous Is It To Have Roaches In My House?

Cockroaches are one of the most dangerous home-invading pests in Huntsville. They are responsible for picking up and spreading a wide range of disease-causing organisms. The German cockroach alone can carry 33 different bacteria, 7 human pathogens, and 6 parasitic worms. Inside homes, cockroaches spread these sickness vectors by crawling over surfaces, defecating on countertops and tables, and contaminating left-out and stored foods.

Another way cockroaches get homeowners and their families sick is by shedding their skins. A roach's skin and dry fecal droppings act much like dust and cause irritation for people with asthma and other respiratory problems. As infestations become worse indoors, so do the threats cockroaches pose to humans.

How Can I Prevent Roaches From Getting Inside My House?

When it comes to deterring cockroaches, two of the best things you can do is eliminate things that draw them in and address entry points in your home's exterior. Here are some practical ways to do these two things:

  • Use a caulking gun or some liquid cement to seal off holes, cracks, and gaps in your home's exterior foundation.
  • Make sure all of your door and window screens are in good repair.
  • Eliminate sources of moisture buildup in and around your home.
  • Reduce clutter in and around your home.
  • Take out the trash frequently and make sure all of your bins have tight-fitting lids.
  • Store all of your leftover food and opened pantry items inside airtight containers.

What's The Best Way To Get Rid Of Cockroaches In My Home?

If you are looking for a simpler and more effective solution to cockroach problems in Huntsville, you need professional pest control. At Morton's Pest Control, we use advanced methods and industrial-grade products to help homeowners find freedom from whatever invasive creatures are causing trouble in or around their homes.

If you have seen cockroaches or would like to never see cockroaches inside your home, let us pay you a visit. We will inspect your home for existing pest problems and put in place long-lasting solutions to keep future invaders out. Call now to learn more about our residential and commercial exterminator solutions in Huntsville or schedule your Huntsville home for a visit.