How To Get Rid Of Cockroaches In Your Pleasanton Home

November 15, 2021

In an area with such moderate temperatures, cockroaches thrive. While these pests can withstand extreme conditions, resist pesticides, and, yes, live without their heads for a time, they prefer certain temperature conditions that coastal California homes provide. These pleasant conditions draw many common cockroach species, but three of the most common pose unique threats to Pleasanton homes.

an american cockroach on a living room floor

Common California Cockroaches

A conservative estimate for the longevity of the cockroach species places them at well over 100 million years old. Most species can survive on very little, eating glue, soap, and things like drapes when food isn’t plentiful. Indoors, they can transmit 33 known bacteria and other pathogens, parasitic worms, and worsen asthma, especially in children.

While cockroaches thrive and are drawn to unsanitary conditions, all it takes is a contaminated grocery haul to bring these health-hazardous pests into your home.

American Cockroach

  • Reddish-brown with a yellowish figure eight behind the head

  • Oval-shaped and winged

  • Can fly short distances

  • Grows over 2 inches long

  • Outside, they live in sewers, pipes, flower beds, and mulch piles

  • Indoors, they prefer bathrooms, kitchens, and basements

The European relative of the American Cockroach is smaller but equally as dangerous to households.

German Cockroach

  • Light brown to tan with two dark stripes behind the head

  • Oval-shaped and winged

  • Rarely flies

  • Can grow to ⅝ of an inch and fit into tiny cracks

  • Prefer kitchens, but can spread to anywhere food may be including living rooms and bedrooms

The final cockroach species is a little harder to spot than its more careless cousins.

Brown-Banded Cockroach

  • Brown with x-shaped bands on its wings

  • Females have stunted wings, while males have wings that extend past the abdomen

  • Can grow to ½ an inch

  • May hide in furniture and appliances, but they prefer warm, dark areas near ceilings like in closets and cabinets

Cockroaches are universally known as vile creatures, but many aren’t aware exactly how gross they really are. Most cockroaches prefer decaying matter for food and their outdoor living conditions. When they come indoors, they bring all of the pathogens they’ve picked up in those places and transfer them to your food and counters. They also leave smears of feces, egg sacks, and exoskeletons lying around.

How To Prevent Cockroaches

Cockroaches live in all kinds of environments but making them less likely to choose your home means keeping a certain level of sanitization and fortifying the outside of your home. To keep cockroaches outdoors, try these methods:

  • Keep outdoor trash sealed and away from the home. Regularly take out indoor trash and keep the receptacle sealed.

  • Don’t let dishes pile up, vacuum regularly, and sanitize floors, cabinets, and surfaces.

  • Declutter regularly to reduce hiding places and food sources.

  • Store food in sealed containers. Clean areas where food could gather.

  • Keep yards maintained by getting rid of mulch, keeping grass trimmed, and keeping flower beds away from windows and doors.

  • Make sure windows and doors do not have gaps.

  • Seal any cracks and crevices outside the home with silicon-based caulk.

  • Address moisture issues by making sure there is proper ventilation.

By eliminating entry points and minimizing attracting factors, you can reduce your risk of a cockroach infestation.

Contact Patriot Pest Management For Total Cockroach Elimination

Cockroaches are formidable and difficult to completely eradicate on your own. They also are sometimes difficult to prevent as hitchhikers and under-the-door home invaders. The most fool-proof method of preventing and eliminating cockroaches in your home is contacting Patriot Pest Management. Our Integrated Pest Management Techniques will keep your home safe now and in the future. Contact us to schedule your first appointment today. We also provide commercial pest control solutions for local businesses.

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