What are cockroaches?
Cockroaches are a type of insect that are found living all over the world. They are very resilient and can be difficult to control. Many species of cockroaches are actually seen as beneficial to the environment because they help to get rid of decaying organic materials. However, the species that invade homes and other properties are not as well loved. In fact, they are considered to be dangerous pests that should be eliminated as quickly as possible. Two of the most common species to invade homes are the American cockroach and the German cockroach.
German cockroaches – The German cockroach is the most common type of cockroach to be found, most likely due to their prolific breeding schedule of up to six generations per year. They are light brown to tan in color, and behind their head they have two parallel dark stripes located on their backs. Adults can grow from ½ – 5/8 of an inch in length.
American cockroach – American cockroaches are the largest species of house infesting cockroaches. Adults can grow up to 2 inches in length. They are reddish brown in color and have a distinctive yellowish colored figure 8 marking located on the back of their head.
What are the dangers of cockroaches?
Cockroaches are very dangerous to have in your home. They can travel on and through garbage, animal feces, and drain and sewage pipes before they reach your home. They are known carriers of 33 kinds of bacteria, including Salmonella and E. Coli. Also, the shed skins and feces from cockroaches can trigger asthma attacks in some people, especially young children.
How can I get rid of cockroaches?
Getting rid of cockroaches should be left up to the professionals. Using DIY treatments are not only ineffective, but dangerous if not mixed or used properly. Also, it is important that when trying to control cockroaches that every cockroach present in your home are treated for and eliminated. If any are left behind, you will quickly have a re-infestation.
The experts at Schendel can offer you cockroach control services through our Premium Care program. If you are having problems with cockroaches, contact us today to immediately get started safely eliminating these pests from your property.
Are there ways to prevent a cockroach infestation?
The best way to prevent and control cockroaches is to have continuous pest control services in place throughout the year. But, there are some precautions you can take to help prevent a cockroach infestation in your home. Cockroach prevention tips include:
- Inspecting boxes and packages for cockroaches before bringing them into your home.
- Reducing or eliminating all sources of water
- Keeping food items in sealed, air-tight containers, or in the refrigerator.
- Clean up spills, crumbs and grease in the kitchen, especially the areas around kitchen appliances.
- Store pet food in sealed containers.
- Remove areas of clutter within your home that they can use to hide in.