Cockroach Identification & Prevention

What are cockroaches?

In the United States, cockroaches are one of the most common pests found invading homes and businesses. Add to that the fact that cockroaches are also some of the hardest pests to eliminate and you've got a serious problem on your hands! What these pests look like depends on their exact species, but most roaches have oval-shaped bodies, are light or dark brown in color, and have six, spiny legs. Here in California, there are two major species of cockroaches: the American cockroach and the German cockroach.

close up of a brown cockroach crawling on a california residential property

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Yes, cockroaches are dangerous. These insects are known to spread a wide variety of harmful illnesses and cause other serious health complications. By nature, roaches are filthy creatures as they spend a good amount of their time crawling around in sewers, dumpsters, and other areas with decaying organic matter. In these areas, they pick up a fair amount of bacteria which they can then transport across food preparation areas, counters, kitchen tables, and even food items when they invade homes and businesses.
 
Some of the diseases and illnesses that cockroaches are known to spread include:

  • Salmonella

  • Typhoid

  • Cholera

  • Gastroenteritis

  • Dysentery

  • Leprosy

  • Plague

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

Cockroaches are drawn to areas that have high moisture levels, ample amounts of hiding places, and plentiful food sources. For cockroaches, food is typically decaying organic matter. When living inside homes and businesses, roaches are most commonly drawn to trash or the filth found around cooking appliances. They will also seek out the areas of your home that are high in moisture to take up residence in, usually basements, sewers, or crawlspaces.

Where are cockroaches commonly found?

When living outside, cockroaches can be found living and hiding out in flower beds, underneath mulch, inside sewer systems, under rocks, behind tree barks, inside wood piles, and in potted plants. When they find their way inside, roaches can often be found living in secluded areas that are close to food and water sources. Areas like bathrooms, kitchens, basements, laundry rooms, inside cabinets and drawers, and spaces behind large appliances are all potential nesting spots for cockroaches.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

If cockroaches have invaded your home and are causing you unwanted stress, the professionals here at Accurate Termite & Pest Solutions would be happy to help. Our treatment methods are designed to fully exterminate and exclude cockroaches from your home, and our service technicians are friendly and reliable. Don’t risk investing in sub-par service and quality from another pest control provider. Choose us at Accurate, the company that will always put you and your needs first!

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

Cockroaches are quite difficult to eradicate from your home without professional help. However, there are a few steps that you can take that may help!
 
To help deter roaches, try the following tips:

  • Reduce the sources of moisture in your home

  • Install dehumidifiers in the areas of your home that are high in humidity

  • Have any leaks or water build-up in your home or on your property addressed

Besides the preventative measures listed above, the only way to ensure that your home remains cockroach-free year-round is to get the professionals here at Accurate Termite & Pest Solutions involved. Our pest service technicians are standing by and ready to help. All you need to do is reach out to us!

For more information about our residential and commercial cockroach control options, give us a call at Accurate Termite & Pest Solutions today!

 

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