Cockroaches Seek Out Moisture and Warmth
Cockroaches are extremely adaptable insects and can be found in most regions throughout the world. These pests tend to live among all kinds of lawn detritus like rotting logs, leaf litter, and beneath piles of rotting and matted vegetation. Some species of cockroach have the ability to withstand extremely low temperatures while others can thrive in arid environments with limited access to water.
Cockroaches are most active at night when the scavenge for food, water, and mates. Most species of cockroach in the United States prefer moist environments and relatively high humidity. Occasionally, these pests will find their way inside human habitations, in which case they’ll eat whatever they come into contact with. These insects have remarkably generalized diets and have been known to feed on such diverse foodstuffs as cheese, leather, starch from book bindings, glue, hair, dead skin flakes, and dead animals and plant material.
Cockroaches like to hide out in cracks and crevices which provide them sense of warmth and moisture, which means that they generally make incursions into homes during the winter months in order to find more hospitable shelter. Although popular culture dictates that cockroach infestations are the result of particularly unhygienic households, that’s usually not the case. Cockroaches are drawn more to warmth and moisture, and will have no problem finding accommodations in the average, reasonably clean household.
A thorough inspection is the key to successful cockroach removal. Some important signs of infestation are molted cockroach skins and egg shells. Leaving sticky traps and checking them of a frequent basis will help to cut down on out of control cockroach populations. Many species of cockroaches can be eliminated with sprays, baits, and dusts. Likewise, some exclusion techniques like caulking cracks and crevices that may serve as entry points for cockroaches. Residual insecticides can also be effective to slowly but surely control cockroach populations. This method can be particularly effective for extensive indoor infestations.
Using a number of exclusion and extermination methods in tandem will often be your best option when it comes to controlling cockroach infestations. It’s also a good idea to keep lawns and flowerbeds well maintained in order to cut down on the number of potential cockroach hiding places.
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If cockroaches have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-562-9999 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-956-7822 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced cockroach removal experts.