I knew that living in the country would come with a lot of changes, but I didn't realize how many pests I would have to deal with each day. Even the winter came with its own pest problems. My blog is all about the problematic pests that country living presents. You will find out what you can do to keep your home pest-free and how to eliminate the pests that have already moved into your home. Hopefully, my personal experiences can help you find the solutions to pest problems that you have and take back your home from the insects and rodents causing you troubles.
Dusky cockroaches, also known as tawny cockroaches, are a species of cockroach that you may encounter inside your house. Here are three things you need to know about dusky cockroaches.
How are dusky cockroaches identified?
Dusky cockroaches have dark grey-brown bodies and range in size from 6 to 11 millimeters (0.23 to 0.43 inches). Females have dark brown coloration on their abdomens while males have dark brown coloration on the hard plate that covers their heads, the pronotum.
At first glance, dusky cockroaches look very similar to any other type of cockroach you might see in your house. However, there are some key differences that can help you identify them. Dusky cockroaches are smaller than other types of cockroaches and they also have prominent spines on their legs.
How do dusky cockroaches differ from other species?
The main difference between dusky cockroaches and other species of cockroaches is that dusky cockroaches prefer to live outdoors. Other species of cockroaches are at home in urban environments and may never go outdoors.
However, that doesn't mean that dusky cockroaches won't infest your house. They're attracted to lights, which draws them to your house. If there are gaps in your home's exterior, like in your walls or around your vents, dusky cockroaches will crawl through them to get to the light. Once they're indoors, they'll have no trouble finding food and thriving.
How can dusky cockroaches be controlled?
Since dusky cockroaches are an outdoor species, the focus of your pest control strategy should be making it impossible for them to get into your house. To do this, seal up any openings that they could use to get inside your house. An easy way to find openings is to turn on your lights at night, then go outside and look for areas where light is seeping outside. Small cracks or holes are very noticeable with this strategy. Once you've found the openings, seal them with an appropriate material, like caulk.
In addition, liquid insecticides can be used to create a barrier around your house. Spray these products around your foundation; this will keep dusky cockroaches from being able to crawl across your foundation and into your house. Liquid insecticides will wear away due to sun and rain, so remember to reapply it regularly.
If your house is infested with dusky cockroaches, hire a pest control company to get rid of them for you. Once the cockroaches are gone, take steps to seal up your home and keep the infestation from recurring.
For more help with other types of pest control, contact a service like ASAP Bee Removal.