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Houston Cockroach Control

Houston Cockroach ControlCockroaches are one of the least pleasant animals on the planet, and we have a lot of them in Houston. These scurrying, scuttling insects can crawl into your home through tiny cracks, bringing pollution and disease with them.

Cockroaches can carry harmful bacteria and their presence can exacerbate symptoms for asthma sufferers. Cockroaches love urban environments and warm weather, which means that Houston is a perfect roach breeding ground.

Roaches breed incredibly quickly, and roaches can hide in tiny cracks and crevices and in parts of your home that are impossible for you to reach.

Roaches primarily move around at night. If you see one roach scurrying away when you turn on the light at night, you can be sure its not the only one in the house. You never have just one cockroach. Cockroaches breed very quickly, and once they find a food source they start laying eggs. If you see a roach at night or find a dead roach in your home, it’s a sign of a wider problem.

How to Tell if you Have Roaches

Cockroaches love damp, dark closed spaces. They enter homes in search of food and water, and can crawl in through tiny, tight cracks that humans might never even notice. Cockroaches are omnivorous creatures, they can and will eat almost anything, and any tiny scrap of food left on the counter or kitchen floor, or any drop of water left in the sink is enough to draw roaches into your home. There are two very simple ways to tell if you have roaches in your home.

Seeing Roaches

Unlike other kinds of insects, roaches are clearly and easily visible to the naked eye. If you go in to your kitchen at night and turn on the light and you see little brown insects scurrying to hide themselves behind the refrigerator or under the counter, you have roaches. If you see a dead roach on the floor, it's almost certain there are more living roaches hidden in the cracks in your walls. Roaches can reproduce remarkably fast, and a single cockroach mother can have up to 300,000 grandchildren. So if you see one roach, it's best to act quickly before they become an infestation.

Seeing Roach Droppings

Cockroach droppings resemble little specks of black dirt or pepper, and often accumulate in cracks and crevices. If you see a thin speckling of little dark brown or black dots in corners or by the joints in your kitchen counter, it's a good sign that you have roaches.

Types of Cockroaches in Houston

  • The German cockroach is the species of small cockroaches that are often seen indoors in Houston. Although called German cockroaches, the species originated in Africa and has difficulty surviving in colder climates, so the hot, humid climate of Houston is a perfect home for them. German cockroaches will often emit an unpleasant odor when disturbed. These bugs will eat nearly anything, including soap, glue, and toothpaste. German cockroaches are very good at establishing themselves inside of houses, and can be extremely difficult to get rid of once they've set themselves up inside a home.
  • The American Cockroach is another very Houston cockroach species. These dark brown colored roaches can grow up to 1 to 1 1/2 inches in length, and prefer to gather in dark, moist places. Equally comfortable inside the home or out, American cockroaches will routinely set themselves up in wood piles, basements, under refrigerators, or any other dark place with easy access to food and shelter.

  • Oriental Cockroaches or Waterbugs are a large species of cockroach often found indoors in Houston. They get the name waterbug from their attraction to damp, dark places and they love to gather around pipes and under sinks. Though similar in size to Tree roaches, their wings are comparatively underdeveloped and they are only capable of flying short distances.

  • Tree Roaches or Palmetto Bugs are technically a species of roach called the Florida Woods Cockroach. Their chief distinguishing feature is that they are really, really big, routinely growing up to 2 inches in length. Tree roaches are less inclined to avoid the light than other species of roaches, and can often be seen during the daylight. They love the palmettos and pine trees that surround Houston. The good news is that tree roaches are less likely to come into houses than other types of roaches, but they are great lovers of dampness and will enter houses during drought conditions.

We Take Care of Houston Roaches

We can take care of roach problems anywhere in Houston. If you see roaches in your home, give Bulls Eye Pest and Termite Control a call at 713-222-PEST.

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