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Cockroach Identification & Prevention

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What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are small insects that most home and business owners easily recognize. They are known for being prolific and bringing serious problems to properties. You should always take signs of a cockroach infestation seriously if you want to effectively defeat these pests.

Most cockroaches grow between 1/2 and 2 inches in length, and their coloration ranges from light brown and tan to dark reddish-brown or almost black. These pests are notorious for crawling through unsavory areas like sewers and dumpsters and reproducing quickly on your property, creating a serious infestation in no time.

american cockroach in a kitchen next to food

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Roaches are dangerous to have crawling around your property due to the many different diseases cockroaches carry. As these insects walk through sewers, dumpsters, and other areas of organic waste scavenging for food, they pick up pathogens and bacteria. Then, when they infiltrate your home or business, they track these pathogens and bacteria over surfaces and through food storage areas. This behavior increases the chance of illnesses such as dysentery, gastroenteritis, listeriosis, and salmonella, among many others.

Additionally, cockroaches are known to trigger allergy issues via their saliva, shed skins, egg cases, and droppings, and a widespread cockroach infestation may result in asthma or general respiratory problems. 

Roach pest control is your best option when it comes to avoiding these dangers and defeating a cockroach infestation.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

Cockroaches are generally attracted to properties with plenty of food, water, and shelter. So, if you have a cockroach problem, you likely have many of these factors on display around your property. Take the time to search for these factors and reduce or remove access to them to deter cockroach infestations.

Where will I find cockroaches?

Cockroaches are typically found around outdoor waste disposal areas, compost piles, and piles of debris and brush outdoors. Once they make their way inside, you may find them hiding near kitchens, bathrooms, food pantries, trash cans, cabinets, and even in the space between walls.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

Get rid of cockroaches for good by contacting Mike's Pest and Termite Control at the first signs of these pests on your property. With help from our expert team, you won't need to invest in DIY cockroach control products or otherwise put yourself at risk battling an infestation of roaches. Simply call us today and let us eradicate all traces of these dangerous pests from your property.

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

You can stop cockroaches from being a problem in the future by following our expert prevention advice below:

  • Clear any outdoor areas of debris piles, overgrown foliage, long grass, and woodpiles to remove potential cockroach hiding areas.
  • Make sure outdoor trash cans have tight-fitting lids and cover over compost piles when possible.
  • Remove outdoor pet food to stop the aroma from attracting roaches.
  • Seal up cracks around the foundation, windows, and doors of your property. Also, install window and door screens and weatherstripping to keep roaches out.
  • Always store leftover food properly and clean all food and drink spills to stop cockroaches from being attracted to the aroma.
  • Consider using airtight containers in food storage and pantry areas to make cockroach scavenging much more difficult.

Contact Mike's Pest and Termite Control if you have more questions about preventing cockroaches or if you need assistance with home pest control to defeat an infestation of these dangerous pests.

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Fast, friendly, and thorough! I reached out via the web contact form about a deluge of ants outside that were starting to breach my home. They called me right away, Angie was very personable and got me scheduled immediately for an inspection with Mike. Mike arrived ahead of schedule, walked the yard with me and provided great insight on my pest issues. The very next day Roy came out and treated the exterior. He was very thorough and knowledgeable and was done in no time. I’m so relieved to have these folks in my corner to battle my pest problem. I would highly recommend them to anyone with a pest issue.

Kelly Q.
18 May 2023
two parents and a kid

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