When you think about pest problems, roaches likely come to mind first. These unpleasant pests are prolific breeders, producing up to 320 eggs in a lifetime. They can transfer many dangerous diseases, including E. coli and salmonella, in addition to damaging our property. Multiple types of cockroaches may invade your home, but the one thing they all have in common — you need to get rid of them, fast.
What are cockroaches?
The most common species of cockroaches living throughout the United States include the German cockroach, the American cockroach, and the Oriental cockroach. Cockroaches have oval-shaped bodies and, depending on the species, grow up to three inches. Many species have wings but are more likely to scurry from place to place using their legs rather than flying. Cockroaches are mostly nocturnal and spend their days hiding and their nights out and about foraging for food.
Roaches tend to be attracted to your home for different reasons, but generally come inside looking for food or water. German roaches are the most common types of cockroaches to be found indoors, mainly because they are extremely attracted to water and the easy access to food our homes and businesses provide them.
Are cockroaches dangerous?
Cockroaches are known for their unique ability to trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks in susceptible people. If you are sensitive to cockroaches, you might find yourself feeling more under the weather than normal if they are living in your home.
Beyond that, cockroaches are dangerous because they can rapidly contaminate your food. As they move across our food and food packaging, they can transmit nasty diseases, such as salmonella and even E. coli. These bacteria and other diseases spread by cockroaches are enough to make you ill. Symptoms may include diarrhea, skin rashes, and nausea.
They are also able to damage our personal property. Cockroaches are scavengers and feed on a wide variety of both food and non-food items. When in our homes, they will chew on and stain things like upholstered furniture, clothing, paper items, and more.
Why do I have a cockroach problem?
Cockroaches will become a problem inside your home for many reasons. They most often enter on their own while foraging for food. Cockroaches are also commonly introduced in grocery bags, packages, or potted plants. They can even hitchhike their way right inside on used furniture, appliances, or electronics. Any home or business that provides cockroaches with moisture, food, and dark hiding spaces can potentially become home to cockroaches.
Where will I find cockroaches?
Often people don’t notice a cockroach problem until it has progressed to a full-blown infestation. Once you start seeing cockroaches scurrying around in broad daylight, this signals that you have a major problem. Cockroaches won’t usually leave their daytime hiding spots unless they are crowded.
Common indoor hiding spots for cockroaches include the backs of cabinets, under sinks, and in drawers. They prefer areas of a home that are high in humidity like basements, kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. More than likely, the first signs of a cockroach infestation will be spotting discarded exoskeletons, droppings, or noticing a lingering musty odor.
How do I get rid of cockroaches?
Cockroaches must first be treated by ruling out any potential hiding places such as wooden cabinets, boxes, bookshelves, false ceilings, wall voids, cracks, and even inside electric motors or similar structures. To find all the hiding spots in your home, our professionals will first perform a thorough inspection, identifying all problem areas.
We will then put into action a treatment plan which may include crack and crevice applications, void treatments, and even fatal baits. We may also use roach glue strips to locate large infestations, and then we will use caulk to seal up those gaps. Other treatments include things like boric acid, which is low enough in toxicity to be harmless to humans but kills cockroaches instantly.
Preventing more cockroaches from entering the home is the first and most important step in eliminating an infestation. We use gel bait stations to reduce roach populations and prevent re-infestations.
How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?
Due to the health risks that cockroaches pose, preventing problems with cockroaches is important. The following tips will help you to avoid cockroach infestations:
- The easiest way to prevent a cockroach problem is to practice excellent sanitation processes, making cockroaches more susceptible to treatments and baits if an infestation does arise. It also removes the temptation of free food and drink.
- Get rid of any clutter or excess garbage, to limit hiding spots.
- Garbage should be removed from your home daily and stored in containers with tight-fitting lids.
- Another common attractant of cockroaches is too much water. If you have an available water source for these pests, they won’t have to work as hard as they would out in the wild.
- Make sure all leaking pipes or other damaged water fixtures are in good working order, as this will help prevent a large percentage of the pests from entering your home.
- Keeping all of your food in properly sealed storage containers can also help reduce the likelihood of an infestation.
- Reduce their access to food even further by vacuuming floors daily, wiping down counters, and limiting eating meals to kitchen and dining areas.
- Keep wandering cockroaches out of your structure by sealing openings in its exterior, placing covers on vents and drains, and installing door sweeps.
- Always inspect any furniture, appliances, packages, or potted plants for cockroaches before bringing them into your home.
Call Hello Pest Control For A Roach Exterminator
If you suspect a cockroach infestation, or simply want to work to prevent one in the future, the easiest step is to hire a pest control professional. We can increase your level of safety at an affordable rate, making it easy for you to have the cockroaches removed from your home or business, and giving you back your peace of mind.
You won’t have to worry about applying dangerous insecticides, because we will take care of everything for you, making sure that you, your family, and your customers are safe and well taken care of in the process. If you are ready to get rid of your cockroach problems once and for all, reach out to Hello Pest Control today!
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