Fort Worth's Step-By-Step Guide To Cockroach Control

Cockroaches are a public health threat in the Fort Worth area. They pick up harmful microorganisms from water sources in bathrooms and trash bins, mop buckets, drains, and other dirty places, and transfer these organisms to dishes, silverware, food-prep surfaces, stored foods, and more. Here is a quick, step-by-step guide to help you get control of cockroaches around and inside your Fort Worth home.

Step 1: Determine Whether Or Not You Have An Infestation

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Cockroaches are mostly nocturnal insects. They're not likely to be active during the day. When you lay your head down to go to sleep at night, this is when they're going to skitter around your home. You're likely to hear their skitter noises coming from the darkness or you may smell them during the day long before you see a cockroach in your home. If you see a roach, it is considered a warning sign of a large infestation. We don't recommend waiting until you see a cockroach inside your Fort Worth home. Use these tips to uncover warning signs of cockroach activity.

What To Look For

  • Black feces.

  • Rectangular egg pouches.

  • Broken remnants of egg pouches.

  • Shed skins.

Where To Look For Them

  • In the cabinet under your kitchen and bathroom sinks.

  • Underneath and around appliances.

  • In gaps, cracks, and crevices.

  • In the voids of furniture.

  • On insulation in your attic.

  • In between stored boxes and other items.

  • In dark, moist areas of your basement.

Step 2: Control Tips To Address An Infestation

If you uncover evidence of cockroaches inside your home, there are a few things you can do to protect yourself and get some control over those roaches. (This should not be used to replace professional treatments performed by a licensed pest management professional.)

  • Store your foods in sealed glass or plastic containers.

  • Keep your kitchen clean and free of spills and crumbs.

  • Deep clean around appliances.

  • Clean shelves and cupboards.

  • Clean your kitchen trash receptacle.

  • If you don't have a kitchen trash receptacle with a sealed cover, consider purchasing one.

  • Keep your living room and living room furniture vacuumed and free of crumbs.

  • Put pet food down only during meals and refrain from leaving food out overnight.

  • Put fruit in the fridge, rather than on display.

  • Address leaky faucets and any plumbing issues.

  • Install dehumidifiers in areas of your home that are humid.

  • Reduce clutter in your home to remove hiding places for roaches.

Step 3: Prevention Tips To Help Prevent An Infestation

If you don't find evidence of cockroaches inside your home, there are many things you can do to prevent an infestation. These tips will be performed around the exterior of your home.

  • Clean your gutters to prevent oversaturation of soil near your home.

  • Repair damaged downspouts and splash blocks.

  • Rake leaves, sticks, grass clippings, and other organic debris away from your home.

  • Remove any piles of wood near your home, or objects that create a dark, damp habitation underneath.

  • Give your landscaping only the water it needs, and water your plants in the early morning.

  • Use sealed trash receptacles to store your bagged trash before removing it from your property.

  • Keep your trash receptacles clean.

  • Remove trash weekly.

  • If you have a dog, pick up any droppings from your yard.

  • If you have a compost pile, make sure it is properly mixed.

  • Remove rock piles and objects that are stacked.

Step 4: Seal Openings Cockroaches Use To Get Inside

When cockroaches explore the exterior of your home, they'll take advantage of any crack or tight space they see. While it is impossible to find and seal every entry point a cockroach can exploit, you should still attempt to do so.

  • Repair weather stripping, door sweeps, door frames, and screens.

  • Seal gaps around the outside of door frames.

  • Repair broken window panes, damaged screens, and the frames around windows.

  • Seal gaps around the outside of window frames.

  • Seal open spaces around pipes, wires, and wire conduits.

  • Put covers on unprotected vents and weep holes.

  • Fix damaged mortar and cracks in foundation walls.

Step 5: Apply Control Products

The only way to get control of a cockroach infestation inside your home (and the best way to create a barrier around your home to keep cockroaches out) is through the use of control products. These should be selected and administered by a licensed and experienced pest-management professional to achieve the best results and to prevent exposure to chemicals.

If you live in Fort Worth and need assistance with cockroach control, reach out to White Knight Pest Control. We offer extermination services as well as ongoing residential pest control. Connect with us today and request service. We're here to help.