Here in Dallas, people are always coming and going. Whether they’re traveling for business or pleasure, guests visiting our area need places to stay for the night, and they require a certain level of cleanliness when looking for the right hotel. Fresh linens, a vacuumed floor, and a scrubbed bathroom are all basic requirements for a decent overnight stay. Some prefer to save their money and sleep at a quaint establishment, while others prefer to rest in the lap of luxury. Whether you own or manage a three or the five-star establishment, nothing will drive your guests away faster than a cockroach infestation in Dallas.
Types Of Cockroaches Found In Dallas
Here in Dallas, four common species of cockroaches invade homes and commercial establishments. German cockroaches, brown-banded cockroaches, Oriental cockroaches, and American cockroaches.
German Cockroaches are the most likely culprits to infest Dallas hotels. The most common species in the world, this roach is light brown with two dark stripes stretching down their backs. As adults, they reach 5/8 of an inch in length.
Brown-banded cockroaches are a smaller roach species, reaching only ½ inch in length when fully mature. They are dark in color with two light brown bands that span across their dark brown bodies.
Oriental cockroaches look like small, black beetles with their glossy dark bodies. These roaches reach an inch in length when fully grown.
American cockroaches are the largest species that you’ll find here in Dallas, growing to over 2 inches long when fully mature. These roaches are reddish-brown and distinguishable by their size and a yellowish figure eight on the back of their heads.
All four of these species spend most of their time searching for food and water and thus prefer to lurk in kitchens and bathrooms. However, they will emerge from cracks and crevices into any space throughout your hotel, including guest rooms. Regardless of the species, you do not want these pests in your establishment.
Three Major Problems With A Cockroach Infestation
If you see one cockroach, there are likely more hidden in small, dark spaces throughout your building. Aside from bad reviews and keeping guests from having a pleasant stay, cockroaches cause three problems with big consequences.
Cockroaches will make your employees and your guests sick. For some, an infestation will cause constant allergies and could even result in serious illness. Though they rarely bite, they do transmit bacteria to surfaces as they travel around your establishment. Cockroaches crawl through disgusting spaces such as drains, sewer pipes, and decaying garbage searching for food and water. As they move through these areas, they collect harmful bacteria, funguses, and molds that they transfer to humans including salmonellosis, typhoid fever, cholera, gastroenteritis, dysentery, listeriosis, giardia, and E.coli.
Cockroaches breed quickly making a small roach problem develop into a full-blown infestation in a hurry. The number of young produced by a cockroach varies from species to species. For example, a German cockroach and her young could produce upwards of 300,000 roaches annually whereas an American cockroach and her young can only produce about 800 roaches a year. Though these numbers differ from one another, you can imagine how a cockroach problem can grow exponentially leaving you with a situation that is impossible to control without professional help.
Once a cockroach infestation is underway, things begin to smell. When owning or managing a hotel, one of the most important factors is cleanliness, and your guests will turn away when they sniff the undesirable stench that comes with cockroaches. The musty scent associated with roaches comes from their decaying bodies, the mold that likely accompanies an infestation, and their feces. As their population grows, so will the severity of their odor. Even after you rid your establishment of roaches, if surfaces and wall voids are not cleaned properly, the smell will likely linger for some time.
How To Keep Cockroaches Out Of Your Dallas Hotel
There are some preventative measures you can take to keep cockroaches away including eliminating unnecessary sources of moisture, sealing possible entry points, and keeping kitchens and rooms clean. However, when owning or managing a hotel, some circumstances are difficult to control. Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself dealing with a cockroach problem.
With all pests, the best offense is s good defense. Whether you’re looking to avoid a future roach problem or battle a current one, it's best to call in the professionals. Our experts at Delta 1 Pest Control specialize in commercial pest control. We have the experience and tools needed to eliminate cockroaches and keep them away in the future. Protect your business investment as well as the health of your guests and employees. Reach out to the experts at Delta 1 Pest Control to discuss your options for effective, long-term cockroach control.