There are at least five types of cockroaches that are common in Texas: American, German, Oriental, Brown-Banded, and Wood Cockroaches. Out of the five species, the German Cockroach is the one to worry about as it likes indoor locations. However, American and Oriental Cockroaches may also be found indoors in areas that are very humid.
Cockroaches contaminate food and eating utensils. They also destroy fabrics and papers leaving stains and odors behind. Beyond property damage, cockroaches can carry human pathogens like Salmonella and E. coli. For this reason, you should stay vigilant with prevention and removal efforts. Cockroaches need water and food to survive, so limiting their access to these resources can help. Washing dishes often, keeping food stored in sealed containers, and putting away pet food and water at night can help.
DIY Cockroach Removal Tips
1. Try Trapping – Use sticky traps to monitor the cockroaches’ lanes of traffic.
2. Keep Your Home Clean – Take care of garbage and other sanitation concerns quickly.
3. Try a HEPA Filter – Using a vacuum with a HEPA filter on known cockroach locations can remove some of the egg while removing the contagious debris from the air.
Because of the risk of serious illness, trusting the professionals is the best call for cockroach infestations. After all, you don’t want to kick up infectious cockroach debris into your home’s air. Because there are many insects that look like cockroaches, professional identification is very important.