How to Keep Peridomestic Roaches Off Your Reno Property


There are two types of cockroaches, domestic and peridomestic. Examples of domestic species are German and brown-banded cockroaches, which live primarily inside residential and commercial properties. The peridomestic species are the smokybrown, Australian, Oriental, and American cockroaches, and these predominantly live outside but might make their way in.

  • Smokybrown Cockroaches: Are brownish-black in color and are a little over 1 inch in length.
  • Australian Cockroaches: These are light-brown with a black marking behind their head circled by pale-yellow, about 1 ½ inch in length.
  • Oriental Cockroaches: Are dark brown to black coloring, about 1 inch in length. 
  • American Cockroaches: Are reddish-brown with a yellowish figure-8 pattern on the back of the head, about 2 inches in length. 

It is important to differentiate whether you have domestic or peridomestic cockroaches in your Reno home to perform effective cockroach control. 

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What Attracts Peridomestic Roaches

If you see one cockroach in your home, chances are there are many more that you can’t see. This could mean that your home is attracting them with the resources they need to survive. While domestic cockroaches infest homes because they rely on people, peridomestic cockroaches usually make their way inside for the following reasons:

  • Seeking Food: Food is a basic necessity for all living beings, so it is no surprise that these cockroaches will find their way in if there is access. Some of the species discussed above love to eat things that make up household items like leather, glue, book bindings, and, unfortunately, human hair and dead skin.
  • When The Temperature Changes: If the weather gets too cold, species like American cockroaches might want to seek shelter inside where they can continue to survive. While other species like Oriental cockroaches like it cooler, they might try to get in when the temperature rises.
  • Reduced Moisture Outside: Water is another necessity for many critters, so if the air is too dry and can’t meet their moisture needs, they might turn to residential homes or commercial properties.

While keeping this pest away altogether is a challenging task, you can reduce the possibility of attracting them to your home with cockroach prevention.

How To Keep Peridomestic Roaches Out Of Your House

Like other pest prevention, cockroach prevention aims to reduce the factors that make a property attractive to the pest. Tips recommended by experts include:

  • Store food in cockroach-proof containers, with the best being those with air-tight seals.
  • Fix any leaks and reduce moisture levels in your home. You can do this by ensuring proper ventilation and using dehumidifiers where necessary. Common moisture problem areas are usually the kitchen and bathrooms. 
  • Use cockroach-proof containers for storage items like seasonal clothing, leathers and furs, and books.
  • Seal any potential entry points around the foundation and exterior walls of your home. You should also install screens on windows and doors and use vent and drain coverings.
  • Use garbage cans with tight-fitting lids so pests can’t get into them.

If this pest gets into your home and you need to perform cockroach removal, you shouldn’t try to do it yourself. Cockroaches are difficult to remove effectively, especially if you are unsure of the species.

How Professional Pest Control Help With Peridomestic Roaches 

Even if you see one cockroach in your home, you should take the proper steps to ensure you don’t have an active infestation. These steps should start with contacting experts for inspection and cockroach removal. 

Reno residents should contact us at Natura Pest Control for peridomestic cockroach control. Give us a call today to learn more about the services we offer!

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