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A Guide To Total Cockroach Control For Nashville Homes

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Do you know that there are all-natural ways to keep cockroaches out of your Nashville home? They require work. But the work you do can help you limit your exposure to roach-related illness, so it is well worth the effort. Join us as we explore cockroach pest control in a way you may have never considered. We'll look at what motivates cockroaches to do what they do, how they accidentally spread disease-causing microorganisms, and how natural pest maintenance is sometimes enough to prevent cockroach infestations. We will end by looking at how Cima Solutions can provide your home with the highest level of cockroach pest control in Nashville. When you want the absolute best, it pays to have professional service. If you would prefer to speak with someone about cockroach control rather than read an article, jump to our contact page for assistance. 

Are There Different Types Of Cockroaches?

Yes. There are different types of cockroaches. Understanding how cockroaches differ from one another can provide insight into how to get rid of cockroaches naturally. Let's examine four common roach pests in Nashville and how they measure up to each other. 

Wood Roaches: These are the easiest cockroaches to control and they present the lowest health threat. The reason they're easy is that they don't prefer to live inside Nashville homes. The reason they're not as harmful as other roaches is that they prefer to eat organic materials, such as rotting leaves. These roaches are strongly deterred by exclusion work. Roll your sleeves up and seal entry points to keep wood roaches out. How do you know you have wood roaches? They're the cockroaches that crawl around during the day.

German Cockroaches: These are the hardest cockroaches to control, but they aren't the worst health threat. The reason they're hard to control is that they love living inside structures. It is hard to convince a German cockroach that your home isn't the greatest place on earth. The reason they aren't the worst health threat is that they love living in your home. If you keep a clean and tidy home, German roaches won't find unsanitary conditions and spread germs as easily. Unfortunately, they are incredibly hard to control. You should contact a professional for a German cockroach treatment.

American Cockroaches: These cockroaches are often called Palmetto bugs or water bugs. These names provide insight into what works to control American cockroaches. An American roach is always looking for damp habitats and humid spaces. A dry home is unfriendly and uninviting. As for their ability to make you sick, these roaches often go outdoors where they can find things that are far too stinky to be in your home. They aren't clean insects.

Oriental Cockroaches: These black cockroaches are the dirtiest roaches in Nashville. Their need for unsanitary conditions makes it rare to find them living indoors. You can have much success with exclusion work, but the most effective tool in your toolbox is impeccable sanitation. A clean home is likely to drive oriental roaches out.

All-natural cockroach control is a mixture of exclusion work, moisture control, and sanitation. The cockroaches above are impacted by all three, but certain roaches are more easily controlled by these factors than others. 

Cockroaches Are Known To Spread Harmful Pathogens

Understanding how cockroaches spread sickness can provide insight into why all-natural cockroach prevention and control is not only effective but essential for deterring sickness. The primary issue with roaches is that they are attracted to dirty places and dirty food sources. It is critical to consider the pathogenesis of this relationship. The invisible organisms that cockroaches carry are not harmful to them, but they are harmful to us when deposited on surfaces, dishes, stored foods, toothbrushes, etc. The World Health Organization offers the best description of cockroaches. They are, "unsanitary scavengers in human settlements."   

Along with spreading intestinal diseases, cockroaches spread allergens. When a roach climbs on your skin while you sleep, you may find a rash in the morning. When a roach crawls on your eye, you may wake up with allergic conjunctivitis. When cockroaches shed their skins in your home, they can cause asthma symptoms to spike.

In most cases, cockroaches aren't considered dangerous. But it is essential to realize that it is unhealthy to have roaches in your home. It is even unhealthier to use certain cockroach control products to arrest an infestation. These materials are not only harmful to your health when roaches carry them to sensitive areas, but they also do little to arrest a roach infestation. It is always best to use natural methods to address roach problems. If more control is needed, contact a licensed pest management professional. 

How To Remove Factors That Attract Cockroaches

Cockroaches enter your yard, explore your exterior, and invade your home for only a few reasons. The most important reason is that they are attracted to unsanitary conditions. Keeping things clean can help you keep roaches out and prevent roach-related illness. Therefore, sanitation is a good place to start with cockroach prevention.  

Sanitation: There are many ways poor sanitation can invite a cockroach problem. Here are a few of our best suggestions for keeping your exterior and interior cleaner than roaches would like.

  • Trash management. Cockroaches can smell a dirty trash receptacle from a distance. Routine cleaning and faithful trash removal prevent strong odors that attract roaches.
  • Dog droppings. Cockroaches eat waste material. If you have a dog, this is something to consider. 
  • Junk. Cockroaches like being underneath objects in your yard. They're drawn to tight spaces. We'll get to that in a moment. We placed this in the sanitation department because trash items, such as cardboard, paper, cloth, and hair, are all food items for roaches. Store junk piles in containers until you're ready to remove them from your property. 

Remove anything that smells bad and can attract roaches. Consider the unique sanitation on your property that may lure roaches near your home.   

Moisture: Cockroaches are drawn to humid spaces and damp hiding places. They need to stay hydrated. Here are tips to reduce humidity and moisture as an attractant.

  • Damp perimeter. An obstructed gutter can allow rainwater to pour over the sides and oversaturate the ground near your home. Fix gutter issues to reduce moisture.
  • Moisture under leaves. Cockroaches (like the Palmetto bug) love getting under leaf litter. Rake leaves up and remove them to remove this inviting hiding place.
  • Humid landscaping. Cockroaches get into landscaping for many reasons. If you address humidity and damp conditions, you can deter roaches. Keep things trimmed. Remove weeds. Water your plants in the morning and only give them the amount of water necessary for healthy growth.
  • Humid bathrooms. Humidity in your home can make roaches want to stay. Be sure to use your bathroom fan to vent moisture and consider taking showers and baths well before night when roaches are active. 
  • Droplets to drink. A leaky faucet or showerhead doesn't just waste water, it is a cockroach attractant. Get those leaks fixed and roaches won't like you for it.

Some moisture issues are easy to correct. Others are not. Do what you can. Every bit counts.

Tight Spaces: Cockroaches squeeze into tight spaces because in a tight space a cockroach can relax. You may not know this, but cockroaches are always gripping surfaces. If they don't, they tip over. In most cases, they find a way to flip back over, but it isn't easy and there is a chance they won't. So a cockroach likes to tuck itself into a tight space. In a tight space, it doesn't have to work so hard. Remove cracks, gaps, and holes in your exterior to deter roaches from getting inside.

  • Gaps around plumbing pipes and wire conduits are good places to start your exclusion work. Apply expanding foam or caulk. 
  • Moisture points (such as a gap between two damp structural timbers) are the next most common target of cockroaches. Use a caulking gun to seal these.
  • Concrete gaps are very interesting to roaches. They love hard surfaces. Use a foundation repair kit to keep roaches from finding cracks that provide entry into your home.
  • An unprotected vent will lure a roach in. The warm, humid air from a dryer exhaust is especially enticing. Make sure all vents have protective covers.
  • Gaps around exterior doors are perfect for roach entry. Align doors, replace weatherstripping, and install door sweeps to remove the tiniest of gaps.

These all-natural steps take effort, but they have wide-reaching implications for the health of your home and family. You may not need any more control than this to bring cockroach problems below your threshold of comfort. When you want total control, contact a professional.    

The Call To Make For Total Cockroach Control For Your Home

Are you in Nashville? Contact Cima Solutions for a cockroach treatment. We offer state-of-the-art pest management and control. We also offer year-round pest control service plans that provide layers of protection against pest infestations. Our services provide coverage for common cockroach pests and give you the best control possible. You don't have to live with roaches in Nashville. Cima Solutions has the answer you're looking for.