Winter Is Coming & So Are The Pests

As we approach the winter season, cockroaches will begin to seek shelter inside your home, and the rainy weather has accelerated the process. Needing only 1/16 of an inch to squeeze into a space, roaches pose a serious threat to a home that has not been properly treated. It is important to understand how to combat these germ-ridden insects to keep your home and family safe.


While roaches do not post any direct threat, they are a health hazard. Roaches have been known to cause food poisoning, diarrhea, and can worsen the effect of allergies. It is important to wash ones’ hands if handling one of these dirty creatures.


There a numerous different species of roaches, however some of the more common ones are the American Shags, or red roaches, and German cockroaches. American Shags will invade a home in search of food and moisture, however they primarily live outdoors. They may look clumsy while doing it, adults can fly across a room. German cockroaches, while not possessing the ability to fly, they will invade a home for its warmth and lay eggs. These roaches pose an immense threat and unless treated quickly can spiral out of control.


During the cold and rainy weather infestations only get worse. Cockroaches flourish in warm, damp environments. Make sure to scan ones’ kitchen and bathroom for any signs of roaches. Signs could be: knowing your neighbor has had a roach problem, droppings, egg casings, or a musky odor. If you notice any of these signs it is important to begin seeking a way to treat this issue.


Waterproofing and sealing cracks is a good way to start, but this will not prevent the issue if one does not keep up regular maintenance. Remember to clean the dishes regularly, not leaving dirty dishes exposed for longer then a couple hours. Do not leave pet food exposed, instead keep the food in a secure container. If one already is infested do not invest in a roach motel. These kinds of traps are meant to monitor rather than eliminate the issue. Insecticides contain both bait and a toxin making them the ideal bait. baits are the easiest to use. These are effective baits to use indoors in areas such as a bathroom or kitchen.


There are also inorganic baits that are just as safe and effective, such as boric acid, which will poison the stomach of a roach, and silica aerogel, which will cut the exoskeleton. It is extremely important to remember that these are poisons. Be mindful of where you are spraying and placing your baits. Keep both children and pets in mind while doing so to avoid any serious, and potentially fatal accidents!


If you are having any second thoughts or worries handling these products on your own, please do not hesitate to call Accurate Pest Control. We will take care of your pest issue professionally, where your safety and the removal of the pests are our number one concerns!



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