Even though autumn has made an appearance in some parts of the country, many homeowners live in areas that are still experiencing extremely hot, dry conditions. The weather have caused a spike in the amount of cockroach infestations, and residents are frantically seeking pest control experts to rid their homes of the insects.
Weather increasing bug populations
The hot weather creates the ideal conditions for cockroaches to develop quickly and breed. Because many states have experienced heat waves all summer, the roach populations are up dramatically. Even though municipalities don't track the number of pest infestations, insect control companies told San Diego NBC affiliate KNSD that calls concerning cockroaches are up nearly 10 percent.
Like humans, roaches need water to survive. The dry conditions seen by much of the country has deprived the pests of a vital resource. Bugs are crawling out of sewers and finding their way into homes to access water. Homeowners have found roaches in their swimming pools, bathrooms and kitchens trying to find water.
Two types of roaches causing the most problems for homeowners are American cockroaches and black oriental cockroaches, according to KNSD. Even though these bugs typically stay outdoors, the drought is pushing them inside as they seek water.
Unfortunately, roaches aren't the only pests causing issues for residents. One exterminator told El Paso, Texas, FOX affiliate KFOX that homeowners in that area are experiencing an increase in ant and cricket infestations, in addition to more frequent roach problems.
What to do?
Homeowners can't control the weather, but they can take precautionary measures to prevent insects from entering their homes during hot, dry spells. Residents should ensure there aren't any openings or cracks through which pests can enter their homes, and they should check screens in windows and doors for rips a bug could sneak through. Food and beverages should not be left out – they should be covered or stored in airtight containers to prevent bugs from entering and feasting on leftover food.
If a homeowner discovers a cockroach infestation, it's important to act quickly so the problem does not have time to worsen. Calling a pest control expert is the best and most efficient way to ensure all roaches are eliminated from a home and the pests no longer pose a health threat to residents.