In the Tyler area, the two most common species of cockroach are the German cockroach and the American cockroach. These types of pests affect our lives in different ways, and they require different treatment methods for long-term success.
German Cockroach Control
German cockroaches are smaller than American cockroaches, but they are more likely to invade your home. ABC has a two-fold approach to eliminate German roaches. First, our skilled and highly trained technicians apply a non-repellant pesticide in areas where these pests usually travel, such as along floor and wall junctions. This pesticide must be non-repellant because we want these creatures to walk through the product and bring it back with them to their nests. When the roaches do so, they will unknowingly spread the pesticide to other roaches which halt the reproductive cycle. At the same time, we will set up bait stations which will reduce the number of adult roaches on your property.
In order to be completely successful with German roach treatments, we advise our customers that they will need you to do their part. Bait systems are effective when there are no other food sources available to roaches, so all other food sources will need to be cut off. Prior to treatment, this means that food needs to be put in tightly sealed containers, trash must be regularly taken out, counters are wiped down, floors are swept and mopped, clutter is minimized and dishes are put in the dishwasher as soon as you’re finished with them. Due to the nature of these pests’ reproductive behavior and diet, multiple treatments are usually necessary to control roach populations.
American Cockroach Control
American cockroaches are much bigger than their German counterparts but are less likely to infest your home. These pests like moist soil and often accidentally find their way inside through small cracks or crevices near windows, doors and drains.
Because these creatures prefer to be living outdoors, our treatments focus on preventative measures to deter American roaches from entering your home. Your ABC technician will apply repellant, seal off potential entry points, replace weather stripping and install other protective barriers to keep these pests in their natural habitat.
No matter what type of roach has found its way on to your property, a homeowner will find that eliminating excess moisture on your property and keeping your home and yard tidy will make your home less attractive to these pests. For peace of mind, most of our customers opt for ongoing treatments to avoid problems with roaches and other common pests.
We understand that you want your roach issue handled as soon as possible. Just reach out to us and we will put you on the schedule for a complimentary inspection at the earliest available opportunity. In some cases, we can even give you an estimate over the phone.
ABC has been helping homeowners and business owners across Texas, Oklahoma and Florida with pest problems for decades. As a family-run business, we want you to feel completely at ease when our team members are on your property. We invest time in choosing qualified, results-driven technicians and only hire team members who are drug tested and pass a background check. Once a candidate becomes part of the ABC family, additional in-house training is required so that each technician is able to take on any type of pest infestation, large or small.
What happens after I contact ABC?
In some cases, when you reach out to us we will be able to give you an estimate right over the phone. Occasionally, we do recommend scheduling a free inspection so we can have a better understanding of your pest problem. If we determine an in-person visit is needed, we will get you on our schedule at the earliest opportunity. When an inspector comes to your home, you can expect the ABC team member to:
- Ask you questions about the areas you’ve been spotting roaches or ask about signs of roach activity you’ve noticed
- Perform a preliminary assessment to locate any roach nesting and breeding grounds, as well as to pinpoint possible entry points
- Identify which species of cockroach you have on your property
- Answer any questions you may have about the cockroaches or our treatment options
At the end of the inspection, we will provide you with a complimentary estimate for a customized treatment plan for your property. Upon your approval of these next steps, we can schedule your first service call.
What are some warning signs that might indicate I have a roach infestation?
Although spotting a cockroach is a clear indication of a roach problem, these pests are nocturnal, so you may notice signs of pest activity before actually having a late-night encounter. These pests have been around for millions of years and have adapted to live in close quarters with humans. Usually, by the time you have spotted several roaches in a short time period, your home may already be infested.
Other clues of a roach issue include:
- A strange, musty smell
- Small cockroach droppings that are sometimes mistaken for coffee grounds
- Oblong, yellowish pouches that hold cockroach eggs
- Shed roach skins that are about the same size and shape of a cockroach
- Brown smear marks along areas where roaches normally travel, such as along wall and floor junctions
When looking for roach activity, focus on warm, moist areas, as these are the ideal conditions for these pests. Our technicians commonly inspect bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, drains and other areas of the home that are more attractive to roaches and other pests since they are in close proximity to water.
Can’t I get rid of cockroaches myself?
While there are various roach control products you can purchase at the store, many of our customers find that these products often have minimal results and that DIY pest control takes more time and energy than they had originally envisioned. Part of the reason these pests are so difficult to control is that some female roaches can lay up to 10,000 eggs in a single year. To make matters worse, these pests have been around for millions of years and during that time have adapted to survive off nearly any type of organic matter.
To properly eliminate populations of cockroaches there must be effective, consistent application of treatments. For most homeowners, the best route is to contact a professional pest control company.
How often will you treat my property?
While we wish we could eliminate the entire population of roaches on your property in just one or two visits, the warmth and humidity here in Tyler makes for an ideal environment for these pests, making them even more difficult to control. How many treatments your property will require will depend on the extent of the infestation, the species of cockroach on your property and any other factors that make your property more vulnerable to an infestation.
The best way to prevent an infestation is to take advantage of ABC’s ongoing pest control services. Customers who sign up for these regular services benefit from the application of preventative treatments.
What impact do the products you use have on my family and the environment?
ABC is a family-run business, and one of our core values is that we will always treat your home as if it was our own. As an extension of this philosophy, we only select products that we would feel comfortable using ourselves. When we create a customized treatment plan for you, we do so knowing that your experienced ABC technician will apply these products in the lowest concentrations of chemicals possible to still be effective. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our treatment options or the products we use, your specialist would be happy to address them.
What if I still see roaches after a treatment?
Customers are sometimes surprised to learn that it is not uncommon to see roaches after a treatment. As the pesticide starts to work, the cockroaches will find current nesting grounds inhospitable and will begin searching for a new place to live. As they continue to travel through your home, these pests will continually travel through the pesticide that they will bring back to wherever they relocate, which will eventually eliminate the population.
Therefore, limited pest activity up to a week after your initial service is considered normal. However, if you are still experiencing pest activity anywhere between 7 to 30 days after your initial service call, feel free to reach out to us. We can schedule a follow up call, at no cost to you.
What can I do on my own to prevent cockroaches?
During the course of your pest control treatment plan, your ABC technician will put preventative measures in place that are specific to your property and problem. To keep roach populations to a minimum in between treatments, we recommend:
- Keeping your tables, countertops, floors and stovetops clean and free of food debris
- Wiping down counters and other surfaces after each meal
- Promptly clearing dishes and putting them in the dishwasher
- Emptying pet food and water bowls at night
- Keeping food in tightly sealed containers
- Taking the garbage out regularly
- Sealing potential entry points around drains, windows and doors with caulk and steel wool
- Moving firewood, gazebos and other vegetation away from your home’s exterior
For further peace of mind, ABC customers regularly sign up for our ongoing monitoring program which includes regular preventative treatments for some of the more common pests in the Tyler area.
Do you service commercial facilities?
ABC is happy to provide cockroach control, or any other type of pest control, for commercial facilities. We understand that there are differences between residential and commercial pest control, which is why our commercial pest control technicians go through additional training to provide your business with the best service possible.