Cockroach Identification & Prevention

What are cockroaches?

In the United States, cockroaches are one of the most common pests found invading homes and businesses. Cockroaches are also some of the most challenging 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, and have six spiny legs. Here in California, there are two major cockroaches: the American cockroach and the German cockroach.

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. Cockroaches pick up a fair amount of bacteria in these areas that 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 will gravitate to areas with high moisture levels, ample hiding places, and plentiful food sources. For cockroaches, food is typically decaying organic matter. When living inside homes and businesses, roaches love trash and 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 woodpiles, and in potted plants. When they find their way inside, roaches will find secluded areas close to food and water sources to live in. Areas like bathrooms, kitchens, basements, laundry rooms, inside cabinets and drawers, and spaces behind large appliances are all potential nesting spots for cockroaches.

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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. We design our treatment methods 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!

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