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Why Is It So Hard To Get Rid Of Roaches In My Austin Home?

This is a complicated question to answer. Much of the difficulty Austin residents encounter with cockroach control is connected to misunderstandings about what products or methods work and why they work. We hope to clear up a lot of this confusion with this article. Here are a few things you may not know about cockroaches and cockroach control.

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Cockroaches Are Robust Insects

A roach can go more than a month without food, a week without water, and survive underwater for about forty minutes. But this only scratches the surface in terms of their survivability. A cockroach can live in some very harsh conditions. These insects are tolerant to high levels of radiation, exposure to toxic chemicals, and are able to work together to determine which food sources are dangerous to eat. Right out of the gate, you can see that you're up against tough adversaries. 

Cockroaches Are Adaptable

The cockroaches inside your home can become tolerant of chemicals that are used to exterminate them and they can learn to avoid baits that will kill them, but their ability to avoid conventional pest control products goes further than this. Cockroaches have the ability to alter their physiology to protect themselves. They can develop new skins that are chemically resistant, or they can alter their taste receptors to find sweet baits undesirable.

  • Many cockroach species are born with chemical resistances developed by the roaches that came before them.

  • There are certain German cockroach populations that are born with bait aversion. If this is the species of cockroach you're trying to get rid of, you have your work cut out for you.

Professionals must use a multi-pronged strategy to deal with cockroaches. This strategy includes a use of baits and other products that are currently known to still be effective. Without the knowledge that is shared in the pest control industry, Austin residents have a difficult time selecting products and implementing cockroach control strategies.

Cockroaches Avoid Danger

If you spray a product on a surface, don't expect cockroaches to crawl around on that product and kick the bucket. They avoid toxic areas. The most effective control products are products cockroaches can't detect as a threat. 

Cockroaches Can Go Where You Can't

It is likely that you would be amazed by all of the places cockroaches live and traverse. They get into wall, ceiling, and floor voids. They get underneath rugs. They get in the tight space between floors and subflooring. There are a few ways this makes it difficult to control them.

  • You can't directly spray cockroaches.

  • You can't easily inspect your home to tell if you still have a cockroach infestation.

  • It isn't easy to apply a flushing agent to drive roaches out.

What Can You Do About Cockroaches?

In light of what we've talked about so far, what can you do to get rid of cockroaches on your own? Austin residents have the most success by using the following natural control methods.

Exclusions. Use a caulking gun to seal gaps and cracks inside and outside of your home. Roaches don't chew holes to get from wall voids to sensitive locations, such as your pantry shelves. If you seal gaps, you can work to limit cockroach activity and deter cockroaches from getting into your home.

Attractants. Before cockroaches get into your home, they're drawn to certain conditions in your yard. When you reduce these conditions, you work to deter cockroaches from continuing to gain entrance to your home. Manage your trash receptacles to reduce odors that attract roaches. Manage your gutters and landscaping to reduce moisture in the vegetation near your home. Remove leaves, sticks, wood, and other organic material. Remove piled stones and lawn clutter that cockroaches hide inside and underneath.

Sanitation. Keeping things clean inside and outside your home can stunt cockroach populations and also help to prevent the sicknesses related to cockroach infestations. Some roach species can be inspired to leave your home and move out of your yard if things are too clean. It is also important to understand that cockroaches prefer to feed on rotting organic matter. A clogged drain, grease on the side of your oven, and an apple in a waste paper basket, are all desirable food sources for cockroaches.

Plumbing. Some roach species are highly impacted by dry conditions. If you repair leaky faucets and other plumbing issues and use your bathroom fan to vent moisture during showers or baths, you could drive these roaches out.

How To Outsmart Austin Roaches

The greatest weapon in the battle with cockroaches is knowledge. There is no better way to get control of cockroaches in your home than to let a licensed and trained pest control technician address this problem. Connect with us here at Bella Bugs if you're dealing with a roach infestation in Austin. We have the knowledge and training to effectively arrest your cockroach problem and help to guard your family against cockroach-related sickness. Get help today.


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