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What Are Roaches?

Roaches are found everywhere. They live where we live and like what we like. They prefer darkness and can live in small crevices. They can live a month without food as long as water is available.

Although just the presence of roaches is a nuisance, they are also a known carrier of many common disease pathogens including the bacteria found in Salmonella. This makes the roach one of the most important pest of households and commercial establishments.

There are approximately 70 living species of roaches in the US. We deal with at least 6 of these in the East Texas area which includes the German, American, Wood, and Oriental Infestations of roaches can occur in most types of structures.

It is important to understand that they are very mobile, fast and persistent. Do not underestimate their ability to survive even in the most sterile of conditions. If you see one roach there are probably others and if you are seeing them at least once a week, there is a strong probability that an infestation is underway.

What are Water Bugs?

Water bugs: Is water bug a roach? In fact, water bugs are known as a species of cockroach, commonly called black beetles or oriental cockroaches. What is a water bug? Water bug is actually a broad term used to refer to different kinds of little bugs. The most common ones are the giant water bug, electric light bug, brown water bug and toe biter. Being members of the order Hemiptera, they have mouth parts that pierce and suck. There are about 1500 species of water bugs worldwide. Some of them live on fresh water and some on the surface of the water. They are oval in shape, have a set of antenna and six legs.
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How Are They Controlled?

There are various approaches that can be taken while implementing a pest control service that targets a roach population. First it is essential that the roach species be identified.

The German Roach for example will be found near water and heat sources in and around the kitchen and bathrooms while their larger cousins the American and Smokey Brown find harborage from the crawl space to the attic on the inside. They are everywhere on the outside including storage areas, sheds, flower beds and trees.

Most roach treatment programs will include an interior application with baits, residual sprays and monitoring traps. Applications around the home's exterior will target suspected entry points such as windows, doors eves and foundation walls. Any roach infestation no mater how severe can be resolved, but it will require a treatment process, not a one time application.

Keeping roaches out can be tricky as these pests enter under their own steam or are introduced by accident in boxes or packages, on furniture or appliances, and other items carried inside.  Listed below are some helpful tips to help you prevent roach infestations from occurring.

  • Seal cracks in the foundation

  • Fill spaces found around utility access points

  • Reduce humidity levels and correct other moisture issues

  • Repair leaking pipes and appliances

  • Inspect furniture, appliances, boxes, and packages for bugs before bringing inside

  • Check packages for signs of roaches before

  • Implement good sanitation practices

  • Do not leave food out on the counter but rather store in sealed containers or in the refrigerator

How Much Does It Cost?

Roach control is part of our standard quarterly and monthly service programs, and our standard pricing covers most situations. Our office staff stands ready to answer any questions you may have about this service and it's cost.

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