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Total Cockroach Control Tips For Oklahoma City Homeowners

April 10, 2023

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If you’re worried that you might have cockroaches in your home, you’re not alone. According to a recent survey, 63% of homes in the U.S. have cockroaches or parts of cockroaches, including their saliva, droppings, and decaying body parts. That means that on average, two out of every three houses in America have cockroaches. To move your household into the minority side of that statistic, you need a professional Oklahoma City pest control company like Epoch Pest Solutions to inspect and, if necessary, treat your home to eliminate cockroaches.

Does Seeing One Cockroach In My Home Mean I Have An Infestation?

Seeing one cockroach in your home doesn’t necessarily mean you have an infestation. However, ignoring one cockroach in your home can mean that an infestation is just around the corner. Cockroaches can breed up to six generations every year.  

A few signs to look out for that would indicate an infestation include:

  • Dark brown or black smears in corners

  • Ridged brown egg capsules on counters

  • Shed skins 

  • A strong musty odor

  • Droppings that look like black pepper

If you see any of those signs, you need professional pest control help, because we at Epoch Pest Solutions know how to get rid of cockroaches for good. 

The Health Risks Of A Cockroach Infestation In Your Home

Cockroaches in Oklahoma City carry several threats with them. The first is a long list of diseases. Cockroaches are known vectors of more than 45 human diseases, including:

  • Salmonellosis

  • Typhoid fever

  • Cholera

  • Gastroenteritis

  • Dysentery

  • Listeriosis

  • Giardiasis

  • E. coli infections

Cockroaches don’t have to do anything to spread these diseases. They carry pathogens on their legs and bodies, and they spread them by leaving saliva and droppings on everything they touch. If cockroaches have been crawling on your food, hairbrush, or other personal hygiene items, you should throw out whatever they’ve come into contact with, to be on the safe side.

Cockroaches can also cause allergies and exacerbate asthma attacks, especially in children. Proteins found in their sputum and feces can provoke a histamine response where symptoms run the gamut from an itchy face to a case of the sniffles, watery eyes, or full-blown anaphylaxis. 

Anyone can develop a cockroach allergy at any time in their life. It’s crucial that you discover how to get rid of cockroaches before they make you or your loved ones ill.

Five Easy Yet Effective Cockroach Prevention Tips

There are many ways to prevent a cockroach problem in your home, including:

  1. Seal your home. Check your foundation for any cracks or crevices cockroaches could sneak through. If you find any, caulk them up. Check for gaps around windows and doors, and make sure your screens are intact. 

  2. Eliminate food sources. Keep your kitchen clean, wash dirty dishes immediately, and take out your kitchen trash after dinner every night. The cockroaches won’t just go after what we consider food. They’ll also eat soap, toothpaste, glue, and hair.

  3. Get rid of moisture. Wipe down sinks when you’re done using them. Fix leaky faucets, spigots, fixtures, and pipes. Use dehumidifiers in your garage, basement, attic, and crawl space.

  4. Clean up outside. Eliminate piles of organic matter like fallen leaves or wood mulch. Take pets’ food and water dishes inside after dinner. Keep tight-fitting lids on your outside garbage cans.

  5. Partner with a pest management company like Epoch Pest Solutions to provide barrier protection to your home, to prevent cockroaches from ever coming near your house.

If prevention steps aren't enough to keep cockroaches out of your home, it's time to call in the pros.

The Call To Make For Total Cockroach Control For Your Home

Since DIY methods involving commercially available cockroach control products are less than effective against cockroaches, you need to make a phone call: to Epoch Pest Solutions. Our technicians can be at your home within 24 hours of your calling us. We can then work with you to eliminate your cockroach problem once and for all. 

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