Four Quick Wood Roach Control Tips For Davenport Property Owners

a wood cockorach crawling on a clean counter

Generally speaking, each insect class has multiple species. Most people assume that there would be no variation between sets, besides maybe color, size, and shape. This isn’t true, however. Some subgroups behave differently altogether. They might have alternate nesting and breeding patterns, diet preferences, and habitat necessities. Additionally, the threats that they pose could be dissimilar or extended. For instance, all ants harbor illness-causing germs. Carpenter ants, in particular, can also damage wood. The same goes for cockroaches.

Among cockroach groups, wood ones are pretty unique. It would be worth it to read about them, so you’ll know what they're capable of. Also, you'll understand how to keep them away with the help of Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators in Davenport.

Wood cockroaches have the following features:

  • Size: 7/8 to 1-1/8 of an inch long; females are 1/2 to 3/4 of an inch

  • Color: A dark chestnut brown; their wings are a shade of tan

  • Body shape: Oval

  • Body marks: Translucent stripes

  • Wings: Males have operational wings that extend past their bodies; females have shorter ones and they can’t fly.

Seeing one of these critters crawling about is usually the only sign of infestation you’ll get. Unlike most roaches, wood bugs don’t fester together in a particular location. Moreover, infiltration is rare because they would rather be outdoors. They enter properties for a couple of reasons. One of them is spotting a mating partner inside. Siding and shingles are some of the places they’ll hide. Wood roaches can spread disease, but the strands they transmit aren’t as lethal as the ones their fellow insects generate.

Check out these four useful prevention tips for wood roaches as well as other species.

#1 Evaluate the State of Your Property’s Structure

Cockroaches can get through just about any size hole, and wood roaches are no exception. Look around your property’s interior. If you find gaps around foundations and windows, have them sealed. See to it that the weather stripping on your doors and windows is in good condition. On the note of doors, all exterior ones should have sweeps attached to them. Last, but not least, have leaks and moisture issues repaired.

#2 Take Care of Your Yard & Be Careful With Wood

As their name suggests, wood roaches thrive around wooded areas and moisture. Bark, branches, logs, and mulch are their prime nesting plots. That said, burn firewood immediately. Keep log piles distanced from your property and away from soil. Remove decaying organic matter from your lawn. Routinely groom your lawn.

#3 Watch What Outdoor Lights You Use

Wood roaches are sometimes drawn to properties because of night lighting. They have a harder time seeing yellow and sodium vapor bulbs.

#4 Call Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators for Assistance

Many Davenport residents attempt to take on wood roaches on their own. They might purchase a pesticide from a store, or try a nifty “do it yourself” trick they found researching online. What they don’t know is that these methods often fail. Retail items can be too weak or too strong. If it’s the latter, the results can be undesirable or dangerous. Lawn vegetation can be ruined, and humans or pets can be accidentally poisoned. The safer and wiser bet is to contact Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators. We have so many positive qualities:

  • Over 90 years of service

  • QualityPro certified technicians

  • Entomologists on staff

  • Environmentally friendly products and devices

  • Affordable treatment plans

Rest assured, you won’t have problems with wood roaches for long once you call us. Our team will use their expertise to locate and address entry points and breeding hubs. We’ll also provide you with recommendations to avoid future issues. Get a free inspection today!

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