Cockroach Identification & Prevention
For this service, we offer both singular services and recurring services. However, this pest is also included in our Gold Protection Membership Plan for a more cost-effective option.
What are cockroaches?
Cockroaches are insects that have been around for millions of years, so saying that these pests have withstood the test of time is an understatement! Cockroaches are not social insects like ants; they don’t work together as a team. But they do live with each other in large groups. They are prolific breeders, and just a few finding their way into your home can lead to a large-scale, frustrating infestation in a very short period of time.
Each roach species is unique, but in most cases, you will find that these insects have oval-shaped bodies, antennae longer than their body, and an overall oily appearance. Most are unable to fly, but they do move quickly with the help of their six legs.
There are a handful of cockroaches living in the United States that regularly invade our structures. In our area, the most common roaches to come into contact with are American cockroaches, German cockroaches, and Oriental cockroaches.
American cockroaches are the largest roach to be able to find their way to our structures. They are reddish-brown with a yellowish pattern on their back that resembles a figure-8. German cockroaches are small, fast-moving, and light brown to tan with two horizontal black stripes behind the heads. Oriental cockroaches have smooth, shiny, dark bodies and move slower than most roaches.
Are cockroaches dangerous?
The biggest concern with cockroaches is that they have less than sanitary diets, and before moving into your home, they were likely feeding on garbage, carrion, and excrement. Cockroaches carry and transmit many different bacteria and pathogens that can make people quite ill. As cockroaches move around homes and businesses, they contaminate surfaces, food, and anything else they come across.
A significant trigger for asthma attacks and allergies, cockroaches should never live inside of our structures. The more time roaches are in a home or business, the more time there will be for their excrement and shed skins to build up. Common allergy symptoms of a cockroach infestation include skin rashes, breathing problems, running noses, congestion, coughing, and sneezing.
Why do I have a cockroach problem?
You have a problem with cockroaches because these pests have the potential to pop up in any home or business. Even if you think your home is free of any food debris, cockroaches are expert scavengers and will find any crumb that you have missed under the toaster, the oven, or on a pantry shelf. Also, it is not just food that cockroaches are searching for; they are also looking for shelter and water sources — something all our homes are likely to provide.
In addition to moving in on their own, cockroaches are often introduced into homes unknowingly by people. Hitchhiking is a common way that cockroaches move from place to place. They will crawl into things like cardboard, appliances, electronics, furniture, and bags and move wherever we take them!
Where Will I Find Cockroaches?
Cockroaches will live anywhere there is moisture, food, and shelter. The smell of food is highly attractive to cockroaches. Things like open trash cans, compost piles, pet food, and gardens will attract cockroaches to our properties.
American, German, and Oriental cockroaches also like to live in areas that provide them with a lot of moisture. In our homes and businesses, they tend to hang out in kitchens, bathrooms, and basements, which provide them with water and easy access to food. Some of a cockroach’s favorite hideouts are listed below:
- Around drains and sump pumps
- Inside electrical outlets
- Under appliances
- Behind cabinets, baseboards, and wooden trim
- Inside of boxes, cabinets, and areas under sinks or around tubs and sink
How do I get rid of cockroaches?
At Freedom Pest Control, we are dedicated to our customers and helping them eliminate pests from their Massachusetts or New Hampshire properties. We know how stressful dealing with cockroaches and other pests is, and act fast to provide a customized solution!
We rid homes and businesses of cockroaches and prevent them from returning through our thorough inspections and innovative and eco-friendly pest control services. If you would like to learn more about our residential or commercial pest control services, give our professionals a call today! Get freedom from unwanted cockroaches with the help of Freedom Pest Control.
How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?
Keeping cockroaches out of your home requires some preventive measures. In addition to partnering with a professional pest control company, keep cockroaches away with the following prevention measures:
- Before bed each evening, make sure to clean up the kitchen, wash dirty dishes, and pick up uneaten pet food.
- Limit where you eat in your home; the fewer crumbs strewn about your home, the better.
- Regularly vacuum your home.
- Always store pet food in rigid containers with locking lids.
- Repair leaky pipes, fixtures, sinks, and tubs.
- Make sure kitchens, bathrooms, and the basement are well-ventilated.
- Check over your home’s exterior — especially the foundation, doors, and windows — and seal any spaces you discover that cockroaches could use to enter your home.
- Always inspect items like boxes, deliveries, and secondhand items for cockroaches.
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