What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are some of the most common pests that invade American homes. They are also some of the hardest to eradicate. Cockroaches have a reputation for being almost bullet-proof. Family is here to help eradicate these pests from your home once and for all. Contact us to schedule a consultation with one of our licensed professionals.

What types of cockroaches are common in San Antonio?

The two most common cockroaches found in the San Antonio area are the American and German cockroaches.

american cockroach invading someone's food in san antonio texas

American cockroaches

American cockroaches are one of the largest species to invade homes. One of the common names for this insect is the palmetto bug, but they are still cockroaches. They grow to a little over two inches in length and are reddish-brown in color. They are identifiable by the figure eight pattern on the back of their heads.

german cockroach on a plant outside of a san antonio texas home

German cockroaches

German cockroaches are also common in the United States. They are distinguishable from American cockroaches because of their small size. German cockroaches grow to half an inch in length, and are light brown in coloration. They usually have twin, dark brown stripes on their heads.

Are cockroaches dangerous?

German cockroaches are known allergens for many people. All types of cockroaches can carry bacteria and disease from one feeding site to another. Additionally, cockroaches may spread parasitic worms from one host to another. They can also contaminate food as they move from habitat to habitat.

How did I get cockroaches?

Cockroaches are drawn to warm areas of homes that give them easy access to food and water. Cockroaches are usually found in kitchens, as they thrive on leftover food. They also breed in countertop clutter and behind large appliances, like stoves. Cockroaches enter homes through drains, cracks near electrical outlets, and ventilation systems. Cockroaches are also found in crawl spaces and in other areas with poor ventilation. This is where they breed before moving into busier parts of homes.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

Cockroaches can be hard to eradicate for most homeowners. This is due to their elusive nature and their ability to survive for weeks without food. We recommend calling in a professional to assess the situation. A technician will discuss your treatment options based on the severity of your infestation. Family offers many treatment methods that have been proven to eradicate cockroaches from your home. We can also teach you preventative measures to take to keep them from returning.

Cockroach prevention tips from Family Pest

Cockroaches are year-round pests since they live indoors and in close contact with humans.

The best prevention measure is to practice good sanitation techniques:

  • Sealing or disposing of food waste.
  • We recommend storing pet foods in sealed containers as well.
  • Seal gaps and cracks (with caulk) along the foundation.

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