Everything You Need To Know For Effective Cockroach Control For Your Las Vegas Property
Cockroaches aren’t just the topics of books and movies, they’re one of the biggest health threats to Las Vegas households. These big, bumbling insects have proven to be quite dangerous to Nevada properties, and since they’re so hard to remove once they settle down in your home, preventing an infestation should be every Nevadan’s top priority.
If cockroaches aren’t one of your biggest concerns as a Las Vegas homeowner, they should be. These pests can spread some serious diseases, so let’s discuss why cockroaches are so problematic, and what you can do to secure your Las Vegas property.
Cockroach Identification Guide
There are thousands of cockroach species in the world, and dozens alone in the greater Las Vegas area. However, only a few of these cockroach species pose a threat to your home or business.
Most cockroaches share many similar traits. They have flat, oval-shaped bodies that are supported on six spiny legs. They have body-length antennae, and some cockroach species also have wings, though most are incapable of flight or fly very rarely. Cockroaches tend to scuttle from place to place, and despite their odd shape, these pests can move quite fast.
On top of these traits, these common area cockroaches can be identified through the following:
American cockroaches are the largest roach species in the United States. They can grow anywhere between ½ an inch and 3 inches in length, and they have reddish-brown bodies.
German cockroaches are the most common roach problem for Las Vegas households. They grow to around ½ an inch, with tannish-brown bodies and dark stripes on their head.
Oriental cockroaches grow to around 1 inch. They have shiny black bodies, and they are also known as stink bugs for the peculiarly musty scent they leave behind.
In the wild, cockroaches are actually ecologically necessary; it’s only when these pests get in your home that they become dangerous. Roaches carry some nasty diseases, including E. coli, dysentery, giardia, listeria, and salmonella. Prevention is key when it comes to these filthy pests, as explained below.
Cockroach Prevention Tips For Las Vegas Households
Cockroaches enter certain homes for the following: food and shelter. Controlling these two factors can greatly reduce the chances of an infestation.
Roaches love clutter, so start your prevention plan with a deep clean. Organize any messes in the house, including piles of clothes or other objects. Be sure to also clean under often forgotten spaces like the undersides of heavy appliances, the backs of cupboards, and the corners of closets.
Additionally, make sure roaches don’t have access to your food storage. Keep your pantry closed and secure, don’t leave food out for too long, and keep your trash indoors. Whether it’s pet food, human food, or waste, cockroaches are foragers, and they’ll try to feast on anything they can. These pests will survive off the smallest of crumbs, so be diligent about your food storage.
On top of food, control the water and humidity in your home. Make sure you don’t have any leaking pipes or faucets and try to keep your bathroom and kitchen well ventilated – otherwise, these can quickly become cockroach hideouts.
Finally, keep cockroaches from getting in by sealing all possible entry points. These entry points are most readily identified by any holes on the outside of your home. Be sure to also check the caulking around your windows, make sure your doorways are airtight and apply weatherstripping where necessary. Finally, make sure that your vents are secured and screened.
As you’ve probably guessed, cockroaches are persistent and durable. That’s why even the best prevention plan doesn’t always work. When this happens, contact the pest professionals at Red Rock Pest Control, and your home will never have to worry about cockroaches or their diseases ever again.