What are cockroaches?
Cockroaches are a group of scavenging insects that vary in size and color, yet they all have a similar body shape, flat and oval, and the ability to make people cringe at the very mention of their name! Cockroaches feed on most of our food types, making it easy for them to become a problem anywhere food is stored or prepared.
Cockroaches live together in large populations. Their prolific breeding habits mean they can take over any property in almost the blink of an eye, making them frustrating and difficult to deal with.
Listed below are the cockroaches most likely to invade our Georgia properties.
- American cockroaches are the largest household-invading roaches.
- Brown-banded cockroaches prefer hot, dry living conditions.
- German cockroaches are small roaches that are the most common species to invade homes.
- Oriental cockroaches are shiny, dark roaches that prefer to live in very wet areas like sewers and drains.
Are cockroaches dangerous?
If you ever discover cockroaches in your home, taking immediate action to eliminate them is necessary because they are dangerous pests.
Below is a comprehensive list of why cockroaches are dangerous when living near people.
- They are a major allergen source and will trigger asthma attacks, especially in young children.
- Cockroaches carry bacteria that contaminate food and surfaces and cause things like salmonella, staphylococcus, and streptococcus.
- They carry a variety of human pathogens and parasites that make people ill.
- They will chew on and stain things like upholstered furniture, curtains, wallpaper, clothing, and other personal items with their excrement.
Why do I have a cockroach problem?
Cockroaches are a problem because, over time, certain species have adapted to living with people and take advantage of the food, water, and safe shelter we provide.
Georgia’s warm weather means our area is home to the species of cockroaches that can live successfully outside, like Oriental and American cockroaches, and those that live primarily indoors, like German and brown-banded cockroaches.
Cockroaches living outside can move indoors on their own as they search for food sources or escape bad weather. They move inside through cracks in exterior walls, vents, or drains. They can also accidentally come inside on firewood, potted plants, or cardboard boxes.
Cockroaches living indoors hitchhike their way to new locations in things like used appliances, furniture, or through cracks in walls or ceilings.
Where will I find cockroaches?
In its infancy, a cockroach infestation can be easy to overlook. Cockroaches are nocturnal and are awake and active while we sleep. During the day, they hide in the dark, cracks and crevices, cabinets, and drawers in kitchens, bathrooms, utility rooms, basements, and attics.
Knowing the signs of a cockroach infestation is important even if you aren’t spotting the cockroaches themselves. Signs such as:
- Droppings in drawers, cabinets, or counters or the floor resembling coffee ground or black pepper.
- Dark smear marks on walls or upholstered items.
- Piles of shed insect skins. As cockroaches grow, they molt their skins several times.
- An unpleasant musty odor in your home.
- Small chew marks or holes in food packaging, clothing, and other personal items.
How do I get rid of cockroaches?
Don’t share your home with cockroaches for one day longer than necessary; reach out to Anthem Pest Control for help. We will provide the fast action and effective services required to rid your home of these pests and give you peace of mind knowing we did the job right.
We have a passion for pest control and work with our customers to meet their pest control needs. We provide the services necessary to eliminate cockroaches and other pests and recurring services to stop them from coming back in the future.
Servicing Greater Atlanta, Dallas, Houston, and Greenville, we offer comprehensive cockroach control services to home and business owners alike. Get started today by giving us a call!
How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?
Controlling cockroaches is best done with the help of an experienced professional. In addition to the cockroach control services at Anthem Pest Control, the following tips will help you make your property less attractive to cockroaches:
- Keep lids on trash cans and recycling bins to keep food in and cockroaches out.
- Regularly vacuum your home.
- Limit where you and your family consume food to reduce the number of crumbs in your home.
- Keep your home’s pantry and kitchen areas clean and free of food debris.
- Inspect deliveries, boxes, and secondhand items for cockroaches.
- Seal cracks in the foundation, spaces under doors, and openings around utilities that enter your home. Doing so will reduce the chance of cockroaches moving into your house on their own.
- Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners to reduce humidity levels in your home.
- Make sure attics and basements are well ventilated.