What are cockroaches?
Cockroaches are primitive insects with a strong sense of perseverance. They have survived the test of time and are here to stay, but just because these pests aren’t going anywhere doesn’t mean we have to accept their presence. Cockroaches are fine when living outside away from people; they have an important job of breaking down decaying organic matter, but they never reside with us in our homes. Unfortunately, cockroaches have adapted to living with us and have become common household pests. It is critical to get cockroaches out of your home at the first sign of an infestation.
In our region of Alabama, if cockroaches are in your home, it is likely one of the following species.
- American cockroach
- German cockroach
- Oriental cockroach
- Smokybrown/brown-banded cockroach
Are cockroaches dangerous?
Yes, cockroaches are dangerous to have in our homes. They pose a considerable risk to people with asthma as the cockroach’s shed skin and excrement put many allergens into the air.
In addition to spreading allergens, they carry and spread bacteria, viruses, and parasites. Before crawling into your home, cockroaches were crawling through decaying debris, sewers, drains, and garbage piles.
Cockroaches that live in your home contaminate food, surfaces, dishes, and utensils with their excrement and unsanitary pathogens they carry on their legs and body.
Why do I have a cockroach problem?
Fortunately for cockroaches, but unfortunately for us, our homes offer them food, water, and shelter. The cockroach’s ability to have their basic needs met inside our homes is why these pests so regularly invade.
Cockroaches can find their way indoors from the outside or be introduced inside on or in something.
- Hitchhiking is a common reason a cockroach infestation to starts. They can move into new spaces in things like boxes, furniture, or appliances.
- Cockroaches will move into our homes from the outside after being attracted by food odors and moisture.
- Cockroaches move from unit to unit through spaces under doors, ceilings, vents, and drains in multi-unit buildings.
Where will I find cockroaches?
In our homes, cockroaches prefer to hide in narrow cracks and crevices; they are not claustrophobic; in fact, they love the feeling of a hard surface against both their back and belly. Their ability to hide in tight spaces helps to camouflage their presence in our homes.
When cockroaches are in your home, the most likely places to find them are near areas of moisture and warmth. Kitchens, bathrooms, and utility rooms are where these pests tend to gather and cause the most problems. Hideouts include:
- Spaces behind sinks and tubs, basements
- Cardboard boxes
- Spaces behind wood trim
- Behind or under large appliances
How do I get rid of cockroaches?
Keep cockroaches out of your home the way that mother nature would approve of; partner with us at Pest Control Experts. We know cockroaches are frustrating pests and their presence in your home makes you uneasy. Our professionals want to make the process of eliminating these unwanted visitors from your house as easy as possible. We have home pest control solutions and commercial exterminator programs that are both effective and environmentally friendly.
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How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?
Use the following simple strategies and tips to prevent problems with cockroaches in your home:
- Keep crumbs to a minimum by limiting eating in your home to kitchen and dining areas.
- Remove stray crumbs that cockroaches like to feed on by regularly vacuuming and wiping down surfaces.
- Before bringing them into your home, you should always inspect secondhand appliances and furniture for cockroaches.
- Practice proper food storage; never leave food out on counters or tables.
- Take the time to inspect your home’s exterior and seal any entry point you find with an appropriate sealant.
- Do not store trash cans next to your home’s exterior, and make sure they have tight-fitting lids.