Thousands of different types of cockroaches exist worldwide today, and they are among the most common types of pests that plague property owners by making their way indoors. Cockroaches are extremely unsanitary insects that routinely travel through sewers and garbage, and may even consume the feces of other creatures. Unfortunately, they may infiltrate and begin contaminating food and surfaces, and creating possible health concerns. The most prevalent species in this region include the German cockroach, and the American cockroach. The Pennsylvania wood roach also sometimes is seen; however, to a much lesser extent.
German Cockroach Identification
The German cockroach will typically measure about a ½ inch long, and has a tan-colored body with a pair of darker stripes. Although they are equipped with wings, they do not fly, but are very capable of using their six legs to move rapidly. Once indoors, these pests will hide in dark places near kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas that allow access to food and water.
German cockroaches sometimes are unintentionally transported into a structure within cardboard boxes, paper products that were located in grocery stores, or food service establishments. German cockroaches also are extremely problematic, because they reproduce rapidly, as females may generate hundreds of eggs over their several-month lifespan.
The Health Risks Posed By German Cockroaches
Although they are very unlikely to bite, cockroaches carry a host of harmful pathogens. Cockroaches may transmit E.coli infection, salmonellosis, typhoid fever, and many others. They also create indoor allergens resulting from their excrement, eggs, and bodily fluids that may trigger asthma attacks in certain individuals.
Best Practices For Preventing Them
- Regular cleaning practices, particularly in kitchen areas, are critical to cockroach prevention, such as wiping down countertops, sweeping food particles on floors below appliances, and promptly cleaning up spilled beverages.
- Remove and replace kitchen-area trash cans and others containing food scraps each day, and ensure these receptacles have tightly fitting lids.
- Avoid leaving dirty dishes or uneaten pet food out overnight, and always place leftovers in a refrigerator or a sealed container.
- From the interior, fill any cracks or gaps along exterior walls or those shared with adjacent apartments to prevent them from entering.
The Importance Of Consulting With A Professional Pest Controller
Local home improvement stores and online sellers today promote a variety of do-it-yourself treatment options using exaggerated claims of being a quick and easy solution for ousting cockroaches. Common examples include small bait stations or sprays that often generate only short-term results, and typically prove insufficient for eradicating deeply entrenched cockroaches. Many individuals fail to realize that these pests demonstrate tremendous resiliency, and also put forth an effort to hide and later emerge under the cover of darkness.
Did you know that Freedom Pest Control has an Associate Certified Entomologist (ACE) on staff? The ACE is an industry accreditation commonly earned by leading pest control professionals based on their knowledge regarding integrated pest management. Entomology is a field related to the study of insects, particularly involving how they relate to humans, other creatures, and the environment. Beyond the realm of pest control, entomology explores how insects relate to diseases, crops, livestock, and much more.
Local Specialists In Pest Extermination
The team of seasoned experts with Freedom Pest Control provides services for customers in their Merrimac residences, as well as a variety of commercial settings, such as those operating in foodservice, lodging, hospitality, healthcare, education, and more. Our specialists have the knowledge, tools, and equipment to safely and efficiently banish cockroaches, stinging insects, rodents, and other undesirable and potentially dangerous pests.
Our excellent customer service practices remain evident based on the organization’s sustainable growth and achievements, such as having a rating with the Better Business Bureau (BBB) of A+. We encourage those struggling with pest-related concerns to call our office or submit an online request for an onsite inspection and estimate.