Why Can't I Get Rid Of These Roaches In My Huntsville, AL House?

a close up of an american cockroach in a home

If you're asking this question, we understand your frustration. You can throw everything but the kitchen sink at these creepy pests and have no success getting rid of them. Are you at your wit's end? If so, we have good news. Today, we're going to arm you with some information that will help you better understand what you're up against. Let's take a look at different kinds of cockroaches in Huntsville, what makes cockroaches hard to kill, and how to get rid of cockroaches forever.

Different Kinds Of Cockroaches In Huntsville 

In our area, we have a few common cockroach pests. If you hope to get rid of cockroaches, you need to know a little about these particular species.

Asian Cockroaches — While these roaches look identical to German cockroaches, they're different from their cousins in a few key ways. Asian cockroaches are feral and peridomestic. This is to say that they are wild and can be found living near human habitation. German cockroaches are far more than peridomestic; they have a strong preference for living permanently indoors. 

German Cockroaches — These small tan insects are the worst of all cockroaches. They have become so dependent on humans that there are no known populations of feral German cockroaches in the world. These are indoor roaches. 

American Cockroaches — Often referred to as water bugs or palmetto bugs, it isn't surprising that American cockroaches have a preference for moisture and humidity. But, while they prefer to be in habitats that are far more humid than your Huntsville house, don't underestimate these cockroaches as being indoor pests. They can get into homes in Huntsville and create very large populations.

Oriental Cockroaches — These are the black roaches you find outside in your landscaping, or in trash receptacles, dumpsters, and sewers. They are strongly dependent on moisture and don't prefer to stay inside homes for long. But they are dirty pests that can routinely enter your home, if given the opportunity.

What Makes Cockroaches Hard To Kill?

There are two primary factors that make cockroaches hard to kill.

  • Cockroaches can develop skins that are tolerant to chemicals. This is why you can spray a cockroach directly with a toxic chemical and watch it crawl away--not as dead as you'd like it to be.
  • Cockroaches can alter their taste receptors to reject bait. If you lay bait down for the cockroaches in your home, they may develop bait aversion. This is on a genetic level, which means their offspring will have altered taste receptors. 

Cockroach Prevention

We recommend cockroach prevention for Huntsville homeowners. When it comes to cockroach control, it is best to contact a licensed pest control provider. What is prevention?

  • Sanitation reduces food options for roaches and removes the scents that attract them.
  • Removing leaves, branches, scrap wood, and other things roaches can hide under, reduces roach activity.
  • Sealing potential exterior entry points works to deter roaches from getting inside.
  • Keeping things clean inside and protecting food sources makes it difficult for roaches to grow a population. 

How To Get Rid Of Cockroaches Forever

The only way we know of to arrest cockroach infestation and to prevent future infestations is to invest in a residential pest control plan that includes cockroach control. When you have routine visits from a trained and experienced pest control technician, you'll have the proactive pest management required to keep roaches out of your home. If you're in Huntsville, reach out to EnviroGuard for assistance with selecting the right plan for your home.