How to Prevent German Cockroaches From Invading Your Home
If you live in Dallas, TX and have noticed cockroaches in your home, there’s a pretty good chance that they are German cockroaches.
After all, the German cockroach is the number one roach in Dallas – and they’re also one of the most troublesome. Unfortunately, their fast reproduction rate means they can easily wreak havoc on your home if you don’t take steps to get rid of them!
Luckily, our pest control team has put together this guide to help you identify German cockroaches, look out for the signs of an infestation, and eliminate the pests.
SIGNS OF A GERMAN COCKROACH INFESTATION:
Have you identified a German cockroach in your home? If so, you may be dealing with a cockroach infestation. Here are several other signs you should look out for:
German cockroach droppings may appear as small, dark, “pepper-like” material left on countertops or in drawers. Fecal staining may appear as dark spots or smears, some that are slightly raised, in the corners of rooms, along the tops of doors or around small cracks and openings into walls.
Since German cockroach females carries their egg case until 1 to 2 days before depositing it, empty egg cases may be found in areas that the females frequent.
German cockroaches are also known to secrete a number of odorous compounds. When populations are present in large numbers, it may be possible to detect a mild, or what some have reported as a “musty” odor.
HOW TO PREVENT GERMAN COCKROACHES:
• Remove unnecessary food and water sources;
• Store garbage containers in dry areas away from harborage sites—not under the kitchen sink;
• Seal all cracks and crevices—no matter how small—with screen or caulk. Cockroaches love to stay in tight cracks and crevices where they feel more comfortable;
• Vacuum regularly and clean up spills;
• Remove shelter sites such as cardboard boxes, paper grocery bags and piles of newspapers or magazines; and
• Remember, once cockroaches move into your home, they can be very difficult to get out.
HOW TO KILL GERMAN COCKROACHES:
Okay – so we’ve talked about a few ways to prevent German cockroaches by cutting out their food, water, and shelter options. Now, let’s talk about ways to kill them directly.
Homemade pest control with baking soda
To use this method, mix one part sugar with one part baking soda and leave the mixture out on a plastic plate that is easily accessible to the roaches. Make sure that you leave some water nearby too.
Roaches love sugar, so they’ll be attracted to the plate right away. However, when a German cockroach eats the mixture (combined with water), its stomach will explode due to a reaction caused by the baking soda!
Create your own trap
To make a DIY roach trap, you’ll just need some bowls, petroleum jelly, and food (you can use sugar, starchy foods, or pretty much anything – roaches aren’t picky eaters!). Put a thick layer of petroleum jelly all over the inside of the bowl, and put some food at the bottom of the bowl to entice the roaches.
When a German cockroach comes to the bowl for a snack, it will get stuck in the petroleum jelly. Then, you can dispose of the pest.
If you’d like, you can use chemical sprays to kill roaches on contact. You can also use chemical dusts or traps to get rid of them. Just remember that, if you do this, you’ll need to pick up the roach remains and dispose of them promptly!
TIRED OF DEALING WITH GERMAN COCKROACHES?
Call the Dallas pest control services team at Dynasty Pest Control!
Because these pests reproduce so quickly, they can be a pain to get rid of. But – good news – our pest control services team can get rid of German cockroaches in your home for good!
We use only the safest, highest quality products to get rid of roaches and keep your home safe from infestations – even if your home is a “pest magnet.” So, if you’re dealing with a roach problem, call us at (469) 358-1425 or request a free quote online today!
Wait – there’s that noise again. You here little scratches in the attic or in the walls. Oh no, is it rats? Rats and mice can be a huge problem in Texas. Unfortunately, sometimes we don’t notice rats until they’ve become a big problem. Rats and mice can cause a great deal of damage to our homes, contaminate our food and carry dangerous diseases, which is why it’s important to have rodent control.
Rats and mice will quickly take advantage of any food source and warm shelter… AKA, your home. These rodents consume the crumbs and open bags in our pantry, and any other food we may have discarded. They can also squeeze through any hole or opening into your home, such as a tiny rip in any screen doors or windows.
If you’re looking to get rid of rats or mice in your home, shed, yard or any other area there are plenty of rodent control precautions you can take. In this blog, our pest control professionals here at Dynasty Pest Control will delve deeper into how to get rid of rats and mice.
Why Rats and Mice Are Bad
They may be cute and tiny to some, but don’t let their looks fool you. These tiny rodents can pose a threat to you and your family’s health. Mice, among other rodents, carry a variety of diseases, such as hantavirus and leptospirosis.
You don’t even have to come into direct contact with one of these rodents to get sick. All it takes is direct contact with anything they’ve contaminated. That’s why it’s so important to have rodent control.
Along with spreading diseases, rats and mice tend to chew through all sorts of material. From insulation to drywall, these pesky critters can cause real havoc in your home. And sometimes it’s too late before you even notice.
With all this in mind, a rodent problem is not something you should ignore. If you notice any signs of rats or mice living in your home, you need to call a rodent control professional. It’s important to take action before it’s too late.
There’s Never Just One Mouse in the House
We’re sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but there’s never just one rat or mouse in the house. If you see one, there’s almost a definite chance there’s another one lurking nearby. When one finds their way in, others will most likely find their way in too. They’re all looking for somewhere warm to reside that has food and water. Not to mention, they tend to multiply quickly. Don’t let that be inside your home.
Rodent Control: How to Get Rid of Rats and Mice
Clean and Declutter
Getting rid of rodents start with prevention. It’s important to keep your home and yard clean and free of clutter. If there’s any clutter, it just provides rodents with a warm place to hide out and nest. It’s also important you never leave any food scraps or spills out.
Cleaning and decluttering your home is the first step to prevents rodents from invading your home, and one of the most important rodent control tips. Store all of your food, including pet food, in airtight containers or seal bags so there’s absolutely nothing left out on the counters.
Skip the DIY Home Rodent Control Remedies
We’ve all seen some sort of DIY rodent repellent ideas, such as peppermint spray and sprinkling mint leaves everywhere, but it’s probably best to skip them. There’s no proven science or evidence behind any of these DIY methods. If you have a rodent problem and try to fix it yourself with peppermint spray, it may only give the rodents more time to multiply and make the problem worse.
Your Best Bet
If you notice any signs of rodents in your home, you need to call a rodent control professional right away. Once rodents have entered your home, the only way to get them out is to call a professional.
Signs rodents are in your home:
• Alive or dead mice or rats
• Droppings (look for around food or around trash areas)
• Scratching sounds from the walls or attic
• Teeth marks on wires or structural wood
• Smudge marks on walls
A pest control professional will come out to your home and inspect the inside and outside; Look for any openings that you may not have noticed. Any risk areas or nesting sites will be identified and treated. Our professional will tailor a customized protection plan to get your pest problem under control.
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It’s winter, which means Texas rodents are looking for a warm place to stay. Even when it’s not winter, these pesky rodents often make their way into your home. Gnawing on objects, hiding in your pantry, making themselves comfortable – without you even knowing they’re inside your home.
Texas rodents are warm-blooded mammals that have large, front teeth that never stop growing. Rodents can carry a variety of diseases that are harmful to you and your family. Rats and mice are among the most common rodent species that invade homes and businesses.
Rats and mice are usually found living in close proximity to people, and eventually even depend on humans for food, water and shelter – Texas rodents are living off of the crumbs in your pantry and garbage.
Common Texas Rodents
In Texas, the most common rodents you’ll find is the Norway rat, roof rat, and the house mouse.
The Norway Rat
When fully grown, the Norway Rat is 7-9 inches in length, with an additional 6-8 inches for their tail. The Norway Rat is among the heavier and larger in the rodent family. Norway rats have scruffily brown fur peppered with black hair; the fur on their stomach is usually gray or white. They also have large black eyes, small ears, a rounded blunt nose and a bi-colored tail.
The Roof Rat
Thanks to their name, you probably already know these Texas rodents are often found climbing trees in order to access your home’s roof. They’re known to be excellent climbers. Roof rats have dark brown or black fur with a lighter underbelly. These Texas rodents can grow about 6-8 inches in length, but their tail adds an additional 6-8 inches. Their noses are pointed and they have large ears and eyes.
The house mouse is a smaller on the rodent spectrum. They have a small, pointed nose with small rounded ears and a long, almost hairless tail. It’s a very common rodent home and business owners usually see. Their hair is short and light brown in color. They usually gain entry into your home by small openings and crevices.
Are These Rodents Dangerous?
Rodents aren’t typically known to be aggressive, but that doesn’t mean you should try to come in contact with them. They’re still considered dangerous and if they are cornered, they might bite. Rodents are constantly gnawing on things, such as wires, pipes, drywall, floors, and plastic, to prevent their teeth from overgrowing.
They can also bring diseases and bacteria into your home that can make you and your family very ill. Rodents can also bring parasites like ticks, fleas, and mites into your home, which can get transferred to your pets.
How to Prevent a Rodent Infestation
Interior and exterior sanitation to minimize available food and water that supports a rat population. Keeping vegetation thinned out or removed from the perimeter of buildings. Removing clutter and any debris that creates hiding places rats can use as harborage sites.
How Can You Get Rid of These Rodents?
The best way to ensure your house isn’t infested with rodents is to call a professional and let them inspect the interior and exterior of your home. At Dynasty Pest Control, we have solutions to help prevent or eliminate rodent infestations in your home or business. Rat treatment involves both non-chemical and chemical methods.
Some of the more important non-chemical methods are Exclusion and sealing of sites greater than ½ inch (about the size of a dime) using screens, flashing, door sweeps and other materials to keep rats from entering a structure.
For professional rodent and pest control in Dallas and North Dallas, contact Dynasty Pest Control. Call us at (877) 771-BUGS or request a FREE pest inspection online.
When the temperatures drop as winter approaches, we notice fewer mosquitos, flies, bees and other flying insects outside. But just because there’s a lack of flying pests in the winter doesn’t mean there aren’t other pests lurking around.
In summer, we notice an abundance of mosquitos and flies. But in winter, mice, spiders, and cockroaches are seeking warm shelter from the cold. You aren’t the only one who thinks your home is cozy during those cold winter days and nights. Unfortunately, pests think so too. It’s important to take preventative measures and follow these winter pest control tips to keep pests out this winter.
These winter pests can cause a lot more hazards than just cobwebs. Certain spider bites can be dangerous; Rodents like mice are known to carry diseases; Cockroaches can even trigger allergies and asthma. If you’re a homeowner, be sure to protect your home with these winter pest control tips.
Need to skip the preventative measures and have one of a professional from the Dynasty Pest Control team come to your home for a free inspection? Call us at (877) 771-BUGS or request a FREE pest inspection online.
Winter Pest Control Tips
As winter quickly approaches, it’s time to tighten and tidy things up around your home. Regularly and thoroughly inspect your home for holes, gaps or any other type of openings on your property.
Inspect Inside Your Home
Look behind furniture, in the cabinets, closets, corners or anywhere else that potential pests many enter from. Also check around windows, doors and any screens. If you find a hole or opening, be sure to seal it with caulk or another protective sealant as soon as possible, no matter the size of the opening. You’d be surprised how easily a tiny mouse could fit through an opening the size of your pinky finger.
Check Outside Your Home
If you have a big yard with some wood and leaf piles, you need to pay extra attention to these winter pest control tips. We understand that in the winter it’s nice to have a cozy fire in the backyard. But that firewood could be attracting pests to your home. Be sure to keep at least a 20-foot distance between the piles of wood or leaves from your home.
Wood and leaf piles are a magnet for pests because they’re warm, moist shelters for pests in the winter. The closer the piles of wood are to your house, the closer the pests are; The closer the pests are to your home, the higher chance they’ll find a way in.
If you have a chimney, don’t bring the firewood into your home until you’re ready to burn it. Tons of bugs are found in firewood and when the firewood in your home, you could be bringing along pests with it.
Remove All Clutter
That dusty couch sitting in the basement, those boxes of old magazines and books in the attic, the mess you’ve been saying you’ll “get to” in the garage – it all has to go. Before the weather gets too cold, it’s important you go through your entire home (garage, sheds, yard, attic, and basement included) and remove all clutter.
Winter pests like mice, spiders, and other insects like to make themselves at home wherever they find clutter. Be sure to handle this in a timely manner.
Beware of Moisture
Water is essential for life, so you know that pests will be looking for water anywhere they can find it this winter. Inspect your home for any leaks, especially in bathrooms, attics, and basements. If moisture isn’t dealt with in a timely manner, it could attract various pests to your home. This could even cause potential property damage.
Overall cleanliness of your home and yard is important to defend against pests this winter. Here are a few last-minute winter pest control tips to remember:
• Check for any holes or openings.
• Keep your counters and floors clean.
• Keep firewood and leaf piles away from the perimeter of your home.
• Seal windows and doors.
• Don’t ever leave any food out.
• Check for leaky faucets or other accumulated moisture spots.
• Properly close garage and recycling cans.
If You Need More Pest Control Help This Winter
Need more pest control helps or your “’winter guests” have overstayed their welcome? Dynasty Pest Control is here to help. Our experts will implement a winter pest control salutation specifically designed for your home. Don’t let pests ruin your holiday fun.
Contact Dynasty Pest Control for all of your pest problems this winter. Call us at (877) 771-BUGS or request a FREE pest inspection online.
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