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Let S Talk About Cockroach Control In Del Rio Serving Del Rio, Eagle Pass & Surrounding Areas

Let's Talk About Cockroach Control In Del Rio

Do you have a morning ritual? Perhaps you first put on a pot of coffee, then sort through the mail while the coffee is brewing, and once the coffee is ready, you sit down to read the news. After you read the latest headlines or catch up on social media, you shower, get dressed, and then grab a quick bite to eat as you get into the car to travel to your job. 

We develop routines because they feel efficient or satisfactory, but what happens when your morning routine is interrupted? When the coffee maker stops working, the water pressure is low, or you can't find the clothes you need, we can quickly develop a sour attitude because the day now feels disrupted. 

We don't like disruptions to our routines or our expectations. When you stumble into the bathroom in the middle of the night, you don't expect surprises, so when cockroaches run across the floor when you turn on the lights, you are in shock! Witnessing cockroaches scurry out from furniture, appliances, or a clothing pile disrupts your routine because you now have a pest problem. 

If cockroaches have ruined your routine and peace of mind, you need the Del Rio pest control services of Gold Star Exterminators - Del Rio. Our highly-trained and licensed technicians have removed cockroaches from Del Rio homes for over 40 years. We use the latest products to eliminate cockroaches in safe and effective ways. 

We want to protect our community from the ravages pests can cause in homes, so in this article, we answer common questions and provide ways to keep cockroaches from infesting your home. by teaching about pests invading homes and how to keep them out. 

Cockroaches are insects with characteristics of ants, wasps, bees, bed bugs, etc., have six jointed legs, compound eyes, two antennae, an exoskeleton, and a body with three segments. Not all insects have wings (i.e., ants and termite workers), but the cockroaches that invade Del Rio houses have wings; however, not all fly. So, what types of cockroaches do we find in a Del Rio home? 

The most prevalent cockroach in homes across the United States is the German cockroach. Unlike other cockroaches that can survive outdoors away from humans, German cockroaches do not live apart from humans because they cannot tolerate cold temperatures. Other cockroach species enter homes in Del Rio from the outside, but German cockroaches hitchhike from location to location in grocery bags, used furniture, appliances, electronic equipment, and cardboard boxes. 

Compared to cockroaches that infest Del Rio houses, German cockroaches are smaller than most and have a body size of only 1/2 to 5/8 inches. You can identify these roaches by their size and the two parallel strips just behind their head that runs down their light tan back. Where cockroaches live is another helpful tool in the identification process. You will find German cockroaches in kitchens, bathrooms, and other humid areas around food and water sources. 

Although less common in Del Rio, the American cockroach is another invader. This cockroach species has a 1 1/4 to 2 1/8 inch body, which makes it the largest-sized cockroach in homes. American cockroaches have a reddish-brown body with a figure-eight pattern on the back of the head. Although American cockroaches prefer to live outdoors underneath damp mulch and poorly-drained flowerbeds, they enter homes when a food shortage or a significant climate change occurs. Once they find an entry point into a house, they gravitate to the kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room, or basement. 

German and American cockroaches prefer high-moisture areas, but brown-banded cockroaches like the opposite. This cockroach species is so-named due to the two light brown bands on their 1/2-inch long brown bodies. American and German cockroaches live near or at the ground level underneath appliances, cabinets, and cupboards. Brown-banded cockroaches live in upper cabinets and near the ceiling where temperatures are 80? or higher. Brown-banded cockroaches enter homes through used furniture, grocery bags, and infested food products. 

American, German, and brown-banded cockroaches have light tan to brown bodies, but oriental cockroaches have one-inch long shiny, jet-black bodies. Although called "oriental," these cockroaches probably originated in Africa or southern Russia and, due to their distinctive black bodies and desire for damp locations, are also called "black beetles" or "water bugs." Oriental cockroaches live outdoors in warm, moist, shady areas under debris but enter homes when the temperature drops drastically. Inside the house, they reside in the crawl space, basement, around floor drains, underneath sinks, and other damp, cool areas. 

American, German, brown-banded, and oriental cockroaches are the different types of cockroaches infesting houses in Del Rio, and Gold Star Exterminators - Del Rio knows how to eliminate each species. Our certified technicians understand the habits and behaviors of each cockroach type, and they know how to remove them from your property. 

Are Cockroaches Harmful To My Health?

Cockroaches are insects that forage in sewers, drains, garbage heaps, compost piles, animal feces, and other unsanitary places for food. Because organic matter is decaying in these places, they serve as Petri dishes for growing bacteria, viruses, and parasitic worms. While many insects also land and crawl over these areas, they do not attract these disease-causing organisms at the same level as cockroaches because they do not have spines on their six legs. Cockroach legs have verticle spins that jut out and become a magnet for pathogens lying on the surface of these polluted areas. When the roaches leave those areas and travel through a house, the bacteria, viruses, and microscopic worms fall off and contaminate surfaces. 

Cockroach legs not only attract pathogens; cockroaches consume the infectious organisms when eating the organic matter in these putrid locations. As the roaches crawl through a house, they defecate, depositing pepper-like or rice-grain-sized feces on surfaces. Another way cockroaches spoil exposed food and products is from the saliva they leave from chewing through paper and plastic coverings. 

Through their feces, saliva, and leg spines, cockroaches spread bacteria causing E. coli infections, salmonellosis, typhoid fever, cholera, and a host of other diseases. Microscopic worms from cockroaches cause giardia, which is a diarrheal disease. These diseases produce fever, nausea, diarrhea, dehydration, and other flu-like symptoms, and in severe cases, hospital admission is necessary. 

Cockroaches spread 33 different bacteria, seven other human pathogens, and six different parasitic worms, but they also affect people in another way- allergies. These fast-crawling bugs produce a protein that triggers a runny nose, scratching throat, coughing, and other allergic reactions. Contact with this protein occurs when touching a cockroach, a cockroach's shed skin (exoskeleton), or inhaling airborne dried feces flakes. Cockroach protein may also exacerbate asthmatics causing shortness of breath, tightening chest, and other reactions. 

When you see cockroaches in your Del Rio home, you need the professional cockroach remedy from Gold Star Exterminators - Del Rio to protect your family. Removing cockroaches from your house will give you peace of mind and eliminate the fear of eating contaminated food or using polluted utensils, countertops, and drawers. 

How To Prevent Cockroaches From Returning To Your Home

Once our trained, certified technicians eliminate cockroaches from your house, you need to take the following house cockroach prevention steps:

  • Remove water-collecting items from the yard.
  • Close outdoor garbage and compost containers.
  • Pick up fallen fruit and animal feces on the lawn.
  • Provide proper drainage to ditches and low-lying areas.
  • Dehumidify the crawl space, basement, and attic.
  • Eliminate leaves, wood, stone, and other piles from the yard.
  • Prune shrubs and trees away from walls and the roof.
  • Seal the outdoor vents and chimney with 1/4 inch wire mesh. 
  • Fix holes in doors and window screens.
  • Install door sweeps under exterior doors.
  • Inspect used furniture, appliances, and electronics before bringing them inside the house. 
  • Cover cracks in the foundation, along the roofline, between incoming pipes and wires, and around utility boxes.

When a certified technician from Gold Star Exterminators - Del Rio inspects your home, they will identify entry points into your house. To stop a future cockroach infestation, maintain a clean, dry environment inside and outside the house. 

The Best Way To Get Rid Of Cockroaches In Your Home

When people see cockroaches in the house, many rush out to purchase a store-bought product, but they often soon become disillusioned with the results. Do-it-yourself products seldom stop the root of the problem or produce lasting results, nor do they provide you with expert advice tailored to your situation. 

When we inspect your house, we identify attractants, entry points, and hot spots. We use our knowledge, experience, and expertise to create a custom strategy using science-based Integrated Pest Management solutions to provide the best cockroach pest control in Del Rio. We will eliminate the active cockroach population and the next generation; we will work with you to prevent a future invasion of cockroaches. 

Our excellent service is golden with Gold Star Exterminators - Del Rio. Contact us today to learn more about our 60-day guarantee and get a free estimate. 

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