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St. Louis Homeowners' Complete Guide To Effective Cockroach Control

May 15, 2022 - Cockroaches

Cockroaches have been a menace to humankind for hundreds of years. They aren't something you want to see when you turn on the kitchen light in the middle of the night, and nothing can ruin a midnight snack quicker than seeing a cockroach scurrying across the floor when you open the food pantry. Unfortunately, cockroaches are a common problem in St. Louis homes. The most common cockroaches you're likely to see are German cockroaches, Oriental cockroaches, and American cockroaches.

These creepy insects are surprisingly difficult to kill and extremely hard to control once a cockroach infestation establishes. The most effective way to treat a cockroach problem is to contact your local St. Louis pest control company. Roberts Pest Control has common-sense solutions to your pest control issues, including cockroaches. Our certified and licensed technicians use science-backed methods to remove roaches and other pests. We have various plans that will fit your needs and your budget. Read on to discover the key to effective cockroach control. 

The Role Cockroaches Play In The Ecosystem

When you see cockroaches crawling around under your kitchen sink, you can't help but wonder if cockroaches serve any purpose at all. It may be hard to believe, but cockroaches play an essential role in our ecosystem. Let's take a look at some of the benefits cockroaches provide.

If cockroaches go extinct, some other insects and animals may have the same fate. There are parasitic wasps that rely almost solely on cockroaches and their eggs for their food source. Not only do these wasps rely on cockroaches, but several bird species have cockroaches on their daily menu. The diet of one endangered species of woodpecker consists of 50% cockroaches.

Cockroaches play a significant role in many forests by recycling leaves and other plant materials. They have a microbe in their digestive systems that other animals and insects don't that aids in breaking down these plants. Also, as the cockroaches eat this plant material, they release the trapped nitrogen. This process provides much-needed nitrogen for the growth of trees and plants.

So, as you can see, cockroaches serve a meaningful purpose on this earth. However, it's a different story when they live in your home. 

The Health Risks Of Cockroaches In Your Home

Cockroaches can be a dangerous uninvited guest to have around your property. They tend to live and travel in unsanitary habitats like sewers and trash. Therefore, they carry all kinds of bacteria and pathogens. These disgusting insects can spread such diseases as salmonella, dysentery, E. coli, and cholera. Also, as they travel through your food pantry, kitchen, and bathroom, they leave behind their fecal matter and traces of urine. People who have allergic tendencies may also have severe reactions to cockroaches.

Five Easy And Effective Cockroach Prevention Tips

Cockroach control can be an exasperating task to take on as a home project. You can spend a lot of money on pest control products, only to find out they didn't get the job done. But, you can take steps to help prevent cockroaches. Here is what you can do:

  • Reduce any piles of rotting leaves, logs, and compost in your yard.
  • Keep garbage cans closed with tight-fitting lids.
  • Seal all opened food packages or place them in plastic storage containers.
  • Store pet food inside in sealed bins. 
  • Inspect all windows and doors for a tight seal when closed. Also, check around the house and foundation for any cracks and crevices.

Remember that these are only helpful tips and no guarantee that your house will be completely cockroach free. Instead, you'll need a professional for that. 

The Secret To Total Cockroach Control For St. Louis Homes

Cockroaches breed at a prolific rate and nest in difficult-to-reach places. If a cockroach invasion isn't addressed, an infestation can quickly get out of control. The secret to total cockroach pest control in St. Louis is home pest services. Roberts Pest Control has over 15 years of experience in tackling cockroach control problems in homes and businesses. Give us a call to learn about our safe and effective cockroach treatment and prevention plans.

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