It has been said that cockroaches will still be alive after humanity is long gone. As professionals of all things cockroaches, this statement is believable. Not only are cockroaches one of the most resilient creatures on the planet, but they are also one of the hardest pests to treat. The good news is that with a bit of knowledge and a few materials, roaches are preventable. To help you keep these nasty little pests out of your Lexington home, use this handy prevention guide.
Cockroaches Common Around Lexington
Lexington is home to more than one species of cockroach, eight to be precise. Fortunately, only three are known for invading homes American roaches, oriental roaches, and German roaches. Here is how to identify each of these pests:
- American roaches are the largest home-invading roach in America. Identify this pest by its reddish-brown color and the pale yellow figure-eight pattern located just behind its head.
- German roaches are the most common home-invading roach in America. Identify this pest by its tan to brown color and the two almost parallel dark stripes just behind its head.
- Oriental cockroaches, also known as waterbugs, are almost as large as American roaches. Identify this pest by its shiny black color.
Besides the change in color and size, all roaches have a few things in common. For one, they are all oval-shaped and have six legs. These legs have tiny sharp claws which are used to grasp onto surfaces roaches want to stay attached to. Cockroaches are also naturally top-heavy, meaning that when they die, and their claws unlatch, they fall onto their backs, hence why you never see a dead cockroach standing up.
What Types Of Homes Do Roaches Invade
If you didn’t already know, cockroaches will eat practically anything including paper, glue, shampoo, toenail clippings, and human saliva. Where most pests need human food to survive, roaches are happy to live on your book collection, cleaning supplies, and clutter. This allows cockroaches to invade any home, filthy or spotless, and still be able to survive.
How To Prevent Roaches
Despite being able to live in a clean home, it is easier for these cockroaches to find food and thrive in a dirty environment. For this reason, your first step to preventing roaches should be a deep cleaning of your home. Make sure to sweep dust off high locations, scrub the corners of your rooms, and to get beneath larger kitchen appliances. Do not neglect to clean any tight space cockroaches might like to hide in. To take your cockroach control to the next level, use these additional exclusion tips:
- Use a caulking gun or some liquid cement to fill in holes, gaps, and cracks in your home’s exterior.
- Repair or replace weatherstripping, door sweeps, and window/door screens that are damaged or installed improperly.
- Fix leaky piping and fixtures in and around your home.
- Make sure your gutters are in good working order.
- Use a dehumidifier indoors.
- Invest in quality Tupperware containers to store your leftover food inside after every meal.
- Clean out your pet’s food and water bowls after they finish with them.
If you are looking for a better and easier solution to roaches, look no further than Lamp’s Pest Control. Our team of expert pest technicians is equipped with industry-leading equipment and trained in advanced cockroach prevention measures. With just one visit, we will eliminate any cockroaches causing you trouble and put in place long-lasting treatments to ensure they don’t come back. Call us today at Lamp’s Pest Control for more information or to schedule your Lexington home for a service visit.