Roach Removal 101: What It Takes To Eliminate An Infestation In Your San Antonio Home

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If you are seeing roaches in your home, you and your family might be at risk of contracting a variety of illnesses. Roaches will come into your home searching for food, water, or shelter.  Luckily, at EnviroGuard, we know how to keep cockroaches out of your home by making these necessities inaccessible around your property.

While cockroaches are more active during the summer, they can be a problem during the colder months if they can find a way into your house; this is why year-round pest control in San Antonio is so important. Keep reading to learn what you can do to keep pesky and dangerous roaches out of your home. 

Physical Characteristics Of Roaches: How To Identify Them

While several different roach species are located worldwide, you are most likely to see the German or American cockroach in San Antonio.

The German cockroach is one of the most commonly found roaches in the world. They are typically in areas with a lot of human activity, such as apartment complexes. However, they can show up in single-family dwellings as well. This cockroach has a light-brown body and can measure up to ?  inch long. On their backs, German cockroaches have two dark lines that run parallel down the entire length of their backs. These roaches also have a pair of wings on their back, but they rarely use them. 

The American cockroach is one of the larger roach species in the United States. They can measure 1 ¼ inches to 2 ? inches. Their bodies have a reddish-brown tint to them. On the back of their head, they have a pale-yellow figure-eight pattern. They like to hang out in warm areas with a lot of water. They are referred to as "water bugs" because they are generally in bathrooms, sinks, or other places with a lot of water and humidity. 

Health Risks Of Roaches: The Dangerous Of Cockroach Infestations

The American cockroach can bite, but it rarely bites humans. However, some people have allergic reactions to their saliva, urine, and droppings. A cockroach infestation inside your home could cause allergy symptoms to asthma attacks. 

Cockroaches also carry a wide range of bacteria and harmful pathogens. Some of the diseases cockroaches can spread include:

  • Salmonellosis
  • Dysentery
  • Giardia
  • Chilera
  • Typhoid fever
  • E. coli infections
  • Gastroenteritis

Cockroaches can hide in the dark corners of your home. When you are not looking, they will come out of their hiding spots and contaminate your food or food preparation areas. If you see cockroaches in your home, make sure to thoroughly clean kitchen counters, dining tables, and any other surface that might come into contact with your food. 

Professional Roach Extermination: Call The Experts Right Away

A roach infestation can become more severe very quickly. The sooner you call a professional roach control expert, the sooner you can eliminate the infestation. Our EnviroGuard technicians know the best and most efficient way to eliminate a cockroach infestation for good. 

Preventing Cockroach Infestations: Tips For A Roach-Free Home

If you want to ensure that the roaches are never able to come back into your San Antonio home, you should team up with our professionals at EnviroGuard. We offer regular roach control maintenance plans that will eliminate all roaches and prevent them from ever coming back. Give us a call today!