In Dallas, there are two species of roach that we commonly see on people’s properties: the American cockroach and the German cockroach. These two species require different treatment plans because of their behavior and preferred habitats.
German Cockroach Control
German cockroaches are smaller than American varieties and are most likely to infest a home. Because German roaches are adapted to live indoors, ABC uses a two-pronged approach to handle these pests. Our highly-trained technicians strategically set bait stations to target adult roaches and apply a non-repellent pesticide in areas where German roaches are prevalent. Impacted roaches will be unaware that they are bring these solutions back to the nest. This pesticide is designed to halt the reproductive cycle by preventing eggs from hatching.
In order for the bait systems to be effective, German roaches must not have any other readily available food sources. This means that before treatments, it is critical to wipe down surfaces, sweep and mop, regularly take out the trash, promptly rinse dishes after use and keep all of your food in tightly sealed containers. Due to the breeding habits of roaches and their ability to survive off nearly any kind of organic matter, German roach problems require consistent, effective treatments and often multiple service calls.
American Cockroach Control
The appearance of American cockroaches can come as more of a shock, due to the large size of these creatures. American roaches prefer to live outside, usually entering homes on accident through a small crack or crevice near windows and doors.
Therefore, ABC’s American cockroach treatment protocol focuses on prevention. Our typical treatment plan involves applying a solution to repel roaches near entry points and sealing off these areas so your home is protected from a future invasion.
No matter what species of roach is on your property, the best way to keep these pests from invading your space is to eliminate sources of excess moisture, keep clutter to a minimum in your home, and trim vegetation and grass in your yard regularly. For further reassurance, many of our customers take advantage of our ongoing treatment program which includes applying preventative solutions to keep roaches and other common pests from making their way into your home.
At ABC, we understand that when you discover a roach infestation, you want to get treatment started quickly. Just reach out to us and we would be happy to send one of our team members to your home to inspect your property and create a customized treatment plan. Sometimes, we can even give you an estimate over the phone.
ABC has been providing effective pest control for over 60 years to homeowners across Texas, Oklahoma and Florida. As leaders in the pest control industry, our experienced entomologists have learned the best ways to target and eliminate pests from residential and commercial properties, and this knowledge is passed along to our skilled technicians. Our customers feel comfortable with our specialists on their property, as all job candidates are drug tested and background checked prior to getting hired. Additionally, ABC’s pest control professionals go through an extensive in-house training program to learn the behaviors of these pests and the best ways to successfully manage pest problems. Finally, one of our values is that we will always treat your home as if it was our own, so you can expect that we will be mindful of your home, yard and belongings.
What happens after I contact ABC?
After you reach out to us, we will either give you an estimate over the phone or come to inspect your property to get a better understanding of the problem you are having. If we schedule an in-person meeting, we’ll arrange this visit at your earliest convenience. During your inspection, you can expect the ABC specialist to:
- Ask you questions about where you’ve been seeing roaches or other pests
- Pinpoint nesting and breeding grounds as well as any cracks or crevices that may serve as entry points to your home
- Identify which species of cockroach you have on your property
- Answer any questions you may have about roaches, our processes or our treatments
At the end of the inspection, you will be provided with an estimate for the recommended next steps. Upon your approval, we will put your first service call on the calendar.
What are some warning signs that might point to a roach infestation?
If you have roaches, you may notice the following before seeing one of these nocturnal creatures:
- A strange, musty smell
- Cockroach droppings which look like coffee grounds
- Cockroach shells that are left behind after molting
- Long, yellow casings which hold cockroach eggs
- Smear marks along the floor and wall junctions, as well as other areas roaches commonly travel
If you want to try to pinpoint the source of your problem on your own, look around warm, moist areas on your property, as these are the ideal conditions for these pests. If we schedule an inspection of your home, your ABC team member will look in your kitchen, bathrooms, laundry room, around drains and any other areas that are near water.
Can’t I get rid of roaches myself?
Many of the products available target adult roaches, and many of our customers find that these have minimal results. Since some species of roach are capable of laying up to 10,000 eggs in a single year, these products often can’t keep up with the growth in numbers of these pests. Cockroaches are able to survive off nearly any organic matter, so eliminating all potential food sources can be challenging and time-consuming.
These pests have been around for millions of years. Roaches are highly resilient have evolved to survive in close proximity to humans. Controlling cockroaches requires both persistent effort and effective treatment methods. This is why enlisting a professional to address a roach issue is often your best chance for a successful outcome.
How often will you treat my property?
While many homeowners hope that a pest problem will be resolved in just one or two visits, due to the nature of roaches, we often have to return to treat your property. Your pest control professional will advise you on how many visits your property will require based on the species of roach on your property, the severity of the infestation and any other factors that make your situation unique.
The most effective way to prevent future infestations is to sign up for ABC’s ongoing pest control treatment program. These treatments will keep the cockroach population down as well as other prevalent pests in our area. Customers who sign up for this service benefit from knowing any pest problems will be handled before they turn into a full-blown infestation.
What impact do the products you use have on my family and the environment?
At ABC, our top priority is your family. As a family-run business, we believe in treating your home as if it was our own, so we only select products that use in our own homes and yards. The solutions we choose are specially formulated for residential use and our skilled technicians are trained to apply these products in the lowest concentration of chemicals possible to still be effective. Your pest control specialist would be happy to address any of your questions regarding the products we use and your treatment plan during any part of the process.
What if I still see roaches after a treatment?
An uptick in roach activity is not abnormal after a service call. When the pesticides start working, roaches will realize their current home is inhospitable, which will send these creatures out searching for a new place to live. When this happens, these creatures will be unknowingly bringing the treatment solutions with them to wherever they settle next. Between the bait stations and the pesticide, the population of roaches on your property will diminish over time.
If you’re still seeing quite a bit of roach activity between 7 to 30 days after your initial treatment, contact us so we can send a specialist back to your home at no additional cost.
What can I do on my own to prevent roaches?
When we come to inspect your home, we will be able to provide you with guidance on how to avoid a roach problem that is specific to your property. To make your home less attractive to roaches, we recommend:
- Wiping down surfaces after using them
- Sweeping and mopping floors
- Taking the trash to outdoor bins regularly
- Rinsing off dishes shortly after use
- Keeping general clutter to a minimum
You can sign up for ABC’s ongoing pest control services for year-round protection against a variety of pests common in the DFW area.
Do you service commercial facilities?
Yes, ABC is fully equipped to service your business. We understand that there are different strategies needed for commercial pest control, which is why we have team members who go through additional training to learn the most effective methods to treat and prevent pests on these types of properties.