Mobile’s Complete Cockroach Prevention Guide

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Mobile is a fantastic place to live. It’s a melting pot of people, flavors, cultures, and traditions. We are a coastal town with a vibrant 300-year history with unique stories and traditions. There’s a reason the city is called the Paris of the South.

Unfortunately, we also have a number of pests that like to call Mobile home as well, such as cockroaches. There are thousands of species worldwide, but only a few tend to be of a particular issue in Mobile.

What Types Of Cockroaches Do We Have In Mobile?

Even though there are about 4,500 different cockroach species worldwide, there are only a few that we need to worry about, and EnSec is ready to keep your home free of each one. In the Mobile area, the different cockroach species you're likely to encounter include American cockroaches, which are typically reddish-brown with a yellowish figure-eight pattern on the back of their head. Asian and German cockroaches are small and brown, with wings and dark bands running down their bodies. Then we have the Oriental cockroach, which is shiny black, oval, and grows to be about one inch in size. The last species we need to deal with is the smoky brown cockroach. Surprisingly enough, they are brownish-black in color and grow to be about 1 ½ inches in size.

How Dangerous Are Cockroaches?

Cockroaches are incredibly dangerous. They are filthy pests that pose a severe health threat due to the diseases cockroaches carry, and they have been known to spread over 33 kinds of bacteria like E. coli, salmonella, six types of parasitic worms, and seven types of other human pathogens. They are excellent climbers, so they can spread these germs to countertops, sinks, open food containers, pantries, and anywhere else contamination might occur. 

In addition to the diseases cockroaches carry, another danger comes in the form of a cockroach’s saliva, urine, and fecal droppings. These all contain serious allergens that elicit severe allergy attacks and asthma, especially in children.

How To Keep Cockroaches At Bay

To keep cockroaches out of your home or business, you need to take proper steps. EnSec is the expert to call for help. We can assist with barrier exclusion to keep them out of your home, which includes filling small cracks in walls, gaps near electrical outlets, and drains, usually using a silicone-based caulk. You also want to keep moisture to a minimum as cockroaches love to live close to warm, moist areas.

Having a clean and sanitary home will definitely make it less attractive to any and all cockroaches. Keeping counters, sinks, tables, and floors free of clutter and crumbs is just a start. It’s advisable not to let dishes pile up or spills to sit. The best thing to do when it comes to food is to take anything out in the open and place it in an airtight container.

How To Prevent A Cockroach Infestation?

  • Find the source.
  • Eliminate their food sources.
  • Eliminate their water source.
  • Keep your home clean.
  • Call an expert.

Cockroaches are a high-risk pest to have in your home. If you think you might have a cockroach infestation, the best thing to do is call the experts at EnSec. We'll perform a free inspection and give you our professional opinion and an estimate on cost. Then we will handle the treatment of both the interior and exterior of your home to deliver complete pest protection. Remember, the best way to be fully protected is with an annual service contract. So, let EnSec keep you protected all year long.