Cockroaches are found all over the world. In fact, nearly every continent has cockroaches as pests and cockroaches have existed on this planet for millions of years. The state of Idaho is no different. Idaho’s climate varies from season to season and there are cockroaches that thrive in nearly all of them. So when winter comes to Idaho, you still need to worry about cockroaches.
Western Exterminator cockroach specialists know the tricks cockroaches have to try to thrive and survive during the winter in Idaho. Our specialists also know how to get rid of cockroaches across your property and inside your home. Contact your local Western Exterminator office in Idaho to discuss the cockroach treatments today.
Cockroaches are survivors. This is why they have managed to exist for millions of years, despite changes in climate and animal species dominance. While this means transporting food and goods into Idaho can bring virtually any species of cockroach from anywhere on Earth, there are three most common cockroach species. These species of cockroach are:
- German cockroach – the number one champion of cockroaches in Idaho. There are more German cockroaches in Idaho than other species and if you have spotted cockroaches in your Idaho home or building, you’ve likely spotted German cockroaches. This species of cockroach is the most likely to create a full-on infestation in a home because they lay so many eggs and reproduce so fast. A home with a German cockroach problem can end up with thousands of the insects inside the walls and running around the home. German cockroaches are small, brownish-red colored with wings folded over the back. These pests hate the cold, which is why they move indoors and can be very common in winter.
- Brown-banded cockroach – the next common Idaho cockroach on our list is the Brown-banded cockroach. These pests look a lot like German cockroaches, but they are a bit darker in color. Their wings don’t entirely cover their abdomen and they have the telltale light brown bands across the wings and abdomen. The bands may look broken or jagged and sometimes are obscured by the wings, but they’re there. They are dark brown and have a darker brown head than German cockroaches.
- American cockroach – The one species of cockroach endemic to America, this pest bug is also sometimes referred to as the ship cockroach, kakeriac or the Bombay canary. They are reddish-brown in color and some of the largest cockroaches in North America, growing to about 1.6 inches in length and .28 inches tall. The American cockroach is thought to have been introduced to North America in the 17th century via shipping patterns. American cockroaches have leathery forewings, chewing mouthparts and antennae divided into segments.
How do Idaho cockroaches get into the house?
All cockroach species are resourceful and small enough to squeeze their way inside through tiny cracks in the walls and foundations of homes and businesses. This is why it’s important to conduct inspections of your property as often as possible. It’s also important to repair holes in the walls, siding, brick and other areas that allow easy access for any pests to get inside.
Cockroaches are generally looking for warmth and food as well as a place to build a nest. They’ll take advantage of any way inside such as holes in screens or gaps between exterior doors or garage doors and the ground. Installing door sweeps for garage and exterior access doors should resolve the issue. Making sure screens are repaired and holes removed can also help minimize entry points. Leaving sliding doors or windows without screens open can open your home to unwanted pests like cockroaches.
Cockroaches can also get inside through openings when garbage cans or dumpsters are located right near windows and access points. Roaches can even hitch rides in products, boxes, produce and other items brought inside from outdoors.
How to prevent Idaho cockroaches from getting indoors
As you may have already guessed from the discussion above, one of the best ways to prevent cockroaches from getting inside is repairing holes in siding, walls, brick, screens and removing spaces below doors. However, making sure garbage cans, piles of garbage and dumpsters are moved away from doors and windows can also help.
Keeping your house and kitchen tidy is also important. Just like ants, cockroaches will use food they find on the floor or under cabinets and kitchen counters as nutrients they can then use to start a nest and breed.
Roaches will use piles of wood and vegetation near homes and walls to gain access indoors. Move any wood piles away from the wall and trim vegetation away from siding. Additionally, make sure grass is trimmed and bushes and shrubs are neat and not directly up against the wall either.
Western Exterminator in Idaho gets rid of roaches
It can seem like a daunting task to get rid of cockroaches on your own. The key to successfully remove roaches is to find where they’re hiding and get rid of the entire nest. This can be tough for a homeowner since cockroaches are so good at hiding.
Western Exterminator specialists know where cockroaches get in and can easily decipher their access points. Our specialists can provide the most effective treatment around your Idaho home or business to get rid of the roach infestation, regardless of the species. We can also offer ways to prevent cockroaches from returning.
The first step is a property inspection, so contact your local Idaho Western Exterminator office today.