How To Get Rid Of Roaches On Your St. Louis Property
June 04, 2021 - Cockroaches
There are times in the dead of night that your eyes play tricks on you, and you could swear you see something moving within the darkened shadows on your walls. Most of the time it's nothing, but sometimes your eyes aren't deceiving you. It may not be a paranormal experience, but cockroaches seemingly come alive during the midnight hours, and your spooky encounter could be none other than a cockroach infestation in your St. Louis home.
What Cockroaches Infest Homes In St. Louis?
St. Louis has a selection of cockroaches to choose from unfortunately, but not all cockroaches can actually survive within domestic environments. Among those roaches within the St. Louis area, only four are commonly found as property invaders:
- Oriental Cockroaches: roughly 1 inch long, dark brown to black, males have wings while females do not.
- German Cockroaches: roughly ½ an inch long, light brown, winged, distinctive dark brown stripes behind the head.
- Brown-Banded Cockroaches: roughly ½ an inch long, light brown with dark brown banding over their wings.
- American Cockroaches: roughly 2 inches long, dark reddish-brown with wings that extend over the entirety of their abdomens.
Cockroaches are capable of surviving on the smallest of scraps that they can find for months at a time, and can even survive up to two months without eating anything at all. This makes starving them out of your home impossible, since crumbs and spills are going to happen no matter how careful you are. Alternatively, they can also survive between 7-14 days without water, though it's more difficult as they require moist environments to make up for their lack of water retention.
How Cockroaches Get Into St. Louis Homes & Why They Stay
These infestations can be a mixed bag when it comes to how they got in, because while they'll readily invade on their own, they're also fairly adept hitchhikers. This could mean you have unknown entry points, or you brought them in by accident.
- Cracks and holes around foundation and exterior of the home
- Brought inside in stored boxes and furniture
- Scurried inside while a door or window was open
- Hid away inside luggage or bags
- Neighboring homes become overrun with infestations
- Worn down insulation around doors and windows
- Water damage around outdoor-leading pipes
Why they stay is another matter entirely, and it usually pertains to food storage, moisture levels, and overall cleanliness of your St. Louis home. Even the cleanest homes aren't immune to cockroach infestations, though, as long as conditions are adequate enough for them to survive.
Why Am I Struggling With My DIY Cockroach Extermination?
Aside from the fact that store-bought pesticides are subpar at best, cockroaches are incredibly resilient insects, and over the decades have become immune to most chemicals found in readily available insecticides. Store-bought pesticides also contain some fairly harsh chemicals that are harmful to humans, and spending any amount of time around them could cause some unfortunate health problems for you, your loved ones, and even household pets.
That's why it's so important to hire trusted professionals to handle your cockroach problems for you, and after 15 years in the pest control industry, our pest experts at Roberts Pest Control can be trusted with just about anything. We always keep household health and safety in mind when we plan our residential pest control treatments, which is why we implement eco-friendly pest control alternatives into our visits. Let us settle those restless shadows for you, so you can feel at ease in your home at night again. We also provide effective commercial pest control for St. Louis businesses.