How do you know that you have a roach infestation? Common signs include sightings of:
- Egg casings and ootheca
- Skin and wings
Additionally, you may see roaches scurrying around food sources, water sources, and other areas where they can access food or water.
Most Common Cockroaches in McKinney
The most common types of cockroaches that you can encounter in McKinney are:
- American Cockroaches: the largest species of roach that can also survive much longer than other species.
- Brown-banded roaches: These are tiny, and you may not know they’ve infested your home until it is too late.
- German Cockroaches: These are very resilient and will eat almost anything. German roaches breed so quickly that if their life cycle is not interrupted, you may deal with a long-lasting infestation. They are dark brown and less than an inch in length.
- Oriental roaches: These are large, and they prefer areas of your home that have high humidity, so you commonly see them in bathrooms and basements.
What Does Exclusion and Proofing Include?
Exclusion and proofing include identifying access points, finding difficult to identify areas, and sealing all gaps. Let’s look at how this works.
- Entry points: These are closest to food, water, and shelter because this is what pests need to survive.
- Gaps: These include pipes and cracks that are not readily visible.
- Seal gaps: Be sure to repair or replace damaged door sweeps, screens, and vent covers. You can use caulk to close cracks and gaps in the home.
- Baits: Finally, you can place baits around the house.
Pest exclusion includes pest proofing, so it is an integrated pest management approach. Once you establish barriers to entry, you’re also proofing your home against cockroaches and other pests.
Pest Exclusion Tools
When you implement pest exclusion, you have several tools you can use. They include:
- Air Curtains: These use high-speed fans to create a barrier for flying pests. As such, they prevent them from entering your home.
- Bait Station & Traps: Also known as fly lights, these stations attract flying roaches with ultraviolet light and then trap them in a sticky board.
- Door Sweeps & Weather Strips: Made of nylon bristles, these close any gaps under the doors or windows, effectively preventing rodents and cockroaches from entering the structure.
- Water-Resistant Sealants: These can be used to caulk any crevices and cracks, keeping pests out of your home.
Cockroach Exclusion by Stampede Pest Control
At Stampede Pest Control, we do not use sprays and gel baits that are dangerous for pets and children, and we can also use organic active ingredients for pest control.
To achieve cockroach exclusion, we use the following programs and methods:
During this stage, we’ll check indoors and around the perimeter of your home. Indoor inspection includes weather strips and door sweeps to ensure that we don’t miss any potential entry points.
We identify all potential entryways for pests. This process includes inspection for potential conditions that may attract cockroaches, such as food storage or damp areas in your home.
Maintenance includes closing all gaps and cracks that can be used as entryways. We’ll seal, patch, and fix cracks and openings that can be found around electrical outlets and pipes.
How to Prevent Cockroaches
Some easy ways to prevent cockroach infestation include:
- Placing glue boards around the outside of your house.
- Putting deterrents and gel baits in areas where pests can enter the home.
- Having baits in difficult-to-access areas, like pipes and wiring, as well as around pet food and trash cans.
For prompt, effective, and long-lasting pest exclusion services, contact Stampede Pest Control today!