Houston's American Cockroaches and How To Best Keep Them Out of Your Home


October 18, 2021

Most people think larger pests should be easier to discover if they infest our homes, but that's not the case. The American cockroach is the largest home-invading species of cockroaches found in the United States, and an infestation in your Houston home could quickly go undiscovered for months, all the while spreading pathogens and contaminating every surface they touch. An American cockroach infestation isn't just unsanitary, it's dangerous, so how can you keep your home protected this year?

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Unsettling Facts About American Cockroaches

As the largest home-invading species in the country, these cockroaches grow to over two inches in length. They're reddish-brown, have flat, oval-shaped bodies, and a pair of wings that extend over the entire length of their abdomens. Flying isn't their strong suit, though, so if you see one, it'll probably be crawling instead of flexing its wing muscles.

Interestingly enough, even though this pest's common name is the American cockroach, they're not native to the Americas. They were brought over from Africa in the early 1600s, and ever since, they've been infesting homes and spreading all kinds of dangerous pathogens:

  • Salmonella

  • Dysentery

  • Streptococcus

  • Typhoid Fever

  • Staphylococcus

  • Listeriosis

  • Leprosy

  • Plague

  • Cholera

  • Campylobacteriosis

These aren't the only problems that American cockroaches bring into Houston homes and businesses, either. Their dried urine and fecal matter can cause breathing problems and exacerbate preexisting respiratory issues, trigger asthma and allergy attacks, and even cause young children to develop asthma. They can also worsen any moisture problems you may already have in your home.

Prevention Tips For Keeping American Cockroaches Out Of Your Houston Home

American cockroaches need food, water, and dark cozy hiding spots that preferably provide a lot of environmental moisture. They can also subsist off of crumbs for months at a time, and can live up to a week without any water, so preventing these pests from infesting your Houston home is going to take a lot of deep cleaning and at least minor home repairs:

  • Address any moisture problems in and around your home – leaky pipes, moisture-retaining rooms, extensive water damage, properly draining soil.

  • Remove any lawn debris and mulch piles from around your property.

  • Clean out the gutters regularly.

  • Keep food stored in airtight containers.

  • Sweep, mop, and vacuum regularly.

  • Wipe down counters, tables, and food prep areas daily.

  • Deep clean under heavy furniture and appliances such as TV stands, couches, fridge, and oven.

  • Clear out any clutter and stored boxes around your home.

  • Repair any gaps and cracks around the exterior of your home; broken siding, cracked foundation, exposed wooden panels, gaps around pipes and wires, loose shingles and roof trim, worn-down insulation around door and windows.

How To Exterminate An American Cockroach Infestation In Your Houston Home

These pests are dangerous to have around your Houston home, and trying to eliminate them on your own could make matters worse. Store-bought pesticides are expensive, full of harmful carcinogens, and are rarely ever as effective as advertised. If you want effective, guaranteed, and safe pest control, then you want GreenForce Pest Solutions.

When our highly-trained pest experts treat your home and property, they don't just exterminate, they bring effective and safe pest solutions to you and your household. We know that pest control doesn't end at treating current pest problems, and we make sure our customers are fully equipped with ongoing preventative care after we're gone. We're thorough in our inspections, meticulous with our treatments, and we always use the highest quality eco-friendly pest control products on the market. So if you're ready to experience the difference GreenForce can make for your home, then get in contact with us today to schedule your free inspection.

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