Prevent a Cockroach Infestation This Fall
Autumn is a beautiful time of year here in the Tri-State; the leaves begin to change as the weather cools, pumpkin spice lattes are back at the coffee shops, and we all start planning for the holidays ahead. Fall also has some drawbacks . . . namely, unwanted insects that seek shelter from the cold by invading your home.
One of the most popular insects we see during the fall months are cockroaches. Here in Greater Cincinnati, we at Snowball Pest Control see two types of roaches in homes: the American cockroach and the German cockroach. Read more about these unwanted common fall pests and learn what you can do to keep them out of your home.
What’s the Difference Between American Roaches and German Roaches?
There are a couple of distinguishing characteristics to let you know whether your pests are American cockroaches or German cockroaches.
American cockroaches are larger in size (typically about 1.5” long) and prefer to live in rotting wood or firewood piles. These roaches can survive the cold, but they much prefer to be in temperatures of about 70 degrees . . . which is right about what we set our thermostat at in fall and winter.
What’s worse is the rate at which they procreate. On average, females produce one case each month for ten months, laying an average of around 16 eggs per case. Each of those roaches reaches maturity in about 3 months, and then they too will lay the same number of eggs. You see how this can become a very big problem, very quickly.
German cockroaches are much smaller (13 to 16 mm) and they are the image we get when we think of house roaches. Present year-round, German cockroaches are the most worrisome due to the fact that they love nooks and crannies, making them notoriously hard to find until you have a full-blown infestation on your hands.
While both types are prolific breeders, German cockroaches produce more eggs than any other species . . . 50 per case! After only a few months, your home could be overrun by these pests in the hundreds or thousands.
So, How Do You Kill Cockroaches?
While there are home remedies that claim to kill roaches, they only work under very specific conditions. Roach bombs, for example, can’t reach the roaches living in the walls and hidden spaces in your home. Not only are they ineffectual, they also leave toxic residue on every surface, making them dangerous.
Your best bet for cockroach removal is to call in the experts. Snowball Pest Control uses professional-grade treatments that ensure roaches are eradicated throughout your home, not just in the open. We only apply roach treatments to necessary areas and our chemicals are safe for pets and kids after only an hour or so.
Get Your Onsite Free Estimate for Cockroach Pest Control Today!
Call Snowball Pest Control Today at (859) 635-7793 to schedule an appointment with our team. We’ll evaluate your home and come up with a treatment plan that meets your needs. Whether it’s a one-time treatment or recurring process, we’re here to make sure your home is bug-free all year long.