- Be messy. Never clean up spills and allow things to pile up on your counter.
- Allow water to stand in sinks and other containers throughout the house. Moisture is very important to roaches and they love moist areas. They can live longer without food than without water, so keeping things dry will hasten their demise.
- Don’t bother storing foods in plastic containers. Leave paper containers open so roaches can easily enter and have their feast. Plastic containers will keep them out!
- No need to empty your trash regularly. Cockroaches LOVE trash cans full of old, rotting food and other organic materials. Emptying trash cans regularly will deprive them of what they love most.
- Leave pet food out all the time to feed roaches who think they are pets! They’re attracted to pet foods and water and if you put pet food away, it leaves the poor things without easy access to nutrition.
- Let your house become as cluttered as you can stand it so roaches have a place to hide. Cockroaches release a pheromone in their droppings which signal to others they have found a safe place to live.
- Be sure to leave plenty of open cracks around windows and under doors where cockroaches can find easy access to your home. Sealing these up prevents them from getting in where it’s warm!
With tongue in cheek, we present these 7 ways to attract cockroaches into your home!
For about 70 million years, they have been around! And if history is any indicator, they’ll be around long after we’re gone! They cause screams, repulse even the bravest individual, infest structure of all kinds and reproduce at rates that will amaze you! They are tenacious, will eat nearly anything, love the warmth, food and shelter of your home and run for the cracks and crevices when the light turns on. What are they? COCKROACHES!
Let’s take a look at how the roach can harm your health and have an effect on your happiness:
If you haven’t read our blog from February 10 on the threats that cockroaches pose to your health (and happiness), read it now. We’re including here some ways to prevent cockroaches from becoming a problem in your home. Of course, if they do sneak in, don’t hesitate to call us at 800-650-PEST.
Follow these few tips to greatly reduce the chance of seeing cockroaches in your home.
They’ve been around a L O N G time (estimated 70 million years) and every indication promises they’ll be around long after we’re all gone! Cockroaches. . .they cause screams, repulse even the most unassuming individual, infest any structure they enter and reproduce at rates that will amaze the most astute scientist! They are tenacious, will eat nearly anything, love the warmth, food and shelter of your home and run for the cracks and crevices when the light turns on.
If you’ve encountered these disgusting creatures, then you know that what we say is true. Let’s take a look at how the roach can actually harm your health (and happiness).
So these five reasons are enough to make even the most tolerant individual pick up the phone and call DA Exterminating for our cockroach control services. 800-650-PEST. Call today!
In some 2013 research, 46.1 percent of households in New Orleans reported a pest sighting of some sort. At DA, we treat for virtually any pest problem but we see five pests on a regular basis that seem to us to be the most prevalent in New Orleans. We want you to know about these pests and the threats they pose to New Orleans residents.
1) Formosan termites
A single colony of Formosan subterranean termites may contain several million individuals. Because of its population size and foraging range, the presence of Formosan subterranean termite colonies poses serious threats to nearby structures.
Because of their population sizes and foraging ranges, the presence of Formosan termite colonies pose serious problems.
In New Orleans, where this termite species was introduced in the 1950's, the control and repair costs due to Formosan subterranean termite is estimated at $300 million annually (Suszkiw 1998).
2) German cockroaches
The German cockroach is the cockroach of concern, the species that gives all other cockroaches a bad name. It occurs in structures throughout New Orleans, and is the species that typically plagues multifamily dwellings. The German cockroach is found throughout the world in association with humans.
German cockroaches adulterate food or food products with their feces, physically transport and often harbor pathogenic organisms, and may cause severe allergic responses.
3) American cockroaches
The American cockroach, Periplaneta americana (Linnaeus), is the largest of the common cockroaches measuring on average 4 cm in length. It occurs in buildings throughout New Orleans, especially in commercial buildings.
It is found mainly in basements, sewers, steam tunnels, and drainage systems (Rust et. al. 1991).
The American cockroach is an omnivorous and opportunistic feeder consuming decaying organic matter but will eat almost anything. American cockroaches can become a public health problem due to their association with human waste and disease and their ability to move from sewers into homes and commercial establishments.
Mosquitoes cause more human suffering than any other organism -- over one million people worldwide die from mosquito-borne diseases every year. Due to the recent publicity about the Zika virus, many people are aware that mosquitoes can be detrimental to their health and are taking measures to avoid them. Some of the diseases associated with mosquitoes include: malaria, chikungunya, dog heartworm, dengue, yellow fever, eastern equine encephalitis, St. Louis encephalitis, LaCrosse encephalitis, western equine encephalitis, west nile virus, and zika virus
5) Bed bugs
Bed bugs are parasitic insects that feed exclusively on blood and are one of the most difficult pest problems to eradicate quickly. A number of adverse health effects may result from bed bug bites, including skin rashes, psychological effects, and allergic symptoms. Bed bugs are not known to transmit any pathogens as disease vectors. Certain signs and symptoms suggest the presence of bed bugs; finding the adult confirms the infestation.
Call DA if you see these or any other pests! 800-650-PEST
Cockroaches. Those creepy, filthy creatures that scurry across a kitchen cabinet when the lights go
Roaches' resiliency to all kinds of conditions is well documented, but here are five reasons why the cockroach species has survived thousands of years through all kinds of threats.
Cockroaches have been around for hundreds of thousands of years, so the battle against them will not be completely won, but there are measures you can take to keep them out of YOUR home or business. They love the same things people love: food, water and shelter and they can find this in YOUR home!
The number one way to keep roaches at bay is to STARVE THEM OUT!
12 Ways to Prevent Cockroaches
Among its numerous luxurious, design and different charms, New Orleans has an alternate notorious, uncelebrated one: a huge energetic cockroach population. They’re here year round, the American cockroach can be seen making its way around your home, fluttering on walkways at nightfall, and scaring the populace. We’ve collected the three biggest things you may not know about these critters. Of course the #1 thing you should know is that you don’t have to tolerate them. We’re here to help eradicate them; just give us a call! 1. Cockroaches eat pretty much anything. . . even their perished brethren, and they have a sweet tooth and like to eat sugary and starchy things, like desserts, cardboard and book binding glue. Included in their fairly varied eating habit is their love of human garbage.
These unusual dietary preferences lead to their ruining food and contaminating food preparation surfaces. And they affect human well-being in three ways: a) their nasty eating habits, dining on both human excrement and human foods; b) their aimless poop habits; and c) their talent for spewing digestive liquids as they eat! Really endearing, right?
2. Cockroaches carry pathogens of disease. Over 30 species of bacteria have been found on the cuticle and in the gut of roaches, including those of serious medical importance such as E. coli, various strains of Salmonella and Staphylococcus. Cockroaches were also suspected to be the cause of a hepatitis A outbreak in a Los Angeles housing project in the late 1950s.
Though it’s difficult to say what part roaches play in small disease outbreaks, they are capable of harboring antibiotic-resistant bacteria. A 2012 study in Ethiopia looked at cockroaches trapped in a neonatal intensive care unit and found widespread multi-drug resistance among individual species of bacteria residing in the roaches.
3. Cockroaches are filthy. Cockroaches spoil our clean, bleached perception of the world. They are the boldest creepy animals flourishing in our homes and businesses. They need us for the waste and sanctuary we provide, and for that we HATE them. They truly are terrible – they serve as an effective means for disease and filth transmission.
So now that we’ve let you know how awful these little buggers are, you’ll want to give us a call when you see even one in your home. After all, if there is just one in the open spaces of your home, there very well may be more in hidden areas! Ick!!
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John and Mary were awakened one night by the sound of scratching in their ceiling. It sounded like a big creature was running very fast back and forth. They lay awake for hours wondering what could have invaded their home. The next morning, John decided it must be a squirrel. Off to the hardware store, he went in search of squirrel repellent, squirrel traps and anything else he could find. The store employee was helpful in helping find what he thought he needed. So $150 later, he headed home confident that he was armed with the best weapons to take care of the squirrel! He employed all the methods he purchased and went to bed that night, sure that they would not hear more scratching the ceiling. A week passed and every night, John & Mary told each other, “It takes time for these things to work, so we’ll give it another few days.”
Finally, after 5 more nights of scratching, they called in a professional. They did not have a squirrel in the attic, but rather a mouse infestation. The pest control company found chewed wires, mouse droppings and several mouse nesting areas.
The moral of the story: John and Mary spent a lot of money and many sleepless nights trying to take care of the pest problem they did not have. Only the professional could do the job adequately and completely!
While you may be tempted to do your own pest control, it’s not the smartest decision. Incidents have been reported where people used “bug bombs” to try to do their own pest control and ended up blowing up their home or causing serious fires.
There are many elements that we take into consideration when we perform pest control with chemical materials such as: 1. Is it the safest material for the job?
2. Is it labeled for indoor or outdoor use?
3. How often can it be applied?
4. What is the re-entry time for pets and humans?
5. Where is the best place to apply the material?
6. Do we need protective equipment to mix and apply the product?
7. How should the material be stored?
8. Will the material kill or repel the insects?
9. If material is spilled, what is the best way to clean it up?
10. And finally, are we treating for the right pest?
You may save money initially by purchasing products over the internet or in a store, but in the long run, it may cost you more than your initial investment. Professionals like our technicians at DA Exterminating know how to treat your home or business and they’ll service on a regular basis. When doing your own pest control, you tend to treat when you think you need to, and not on a regular basis. If you plan to do it yourself, pest control is one of those things you may forget about or may fall to the bottom of your “to-do” list, whereas we will be sure your house is taken care of regularly.
Lastly, by hiring DA Exterminating to take care of your pest control services, you reduce your exposure to the actual pest control products and ensure that they will be applied where they need to be.
The pest control service from DA Exterminating is a much better value and a more effective solution than the “Do It Yourself Approach”.