There’s no getting around it. Cockroaches are annoying and truly live up to the name pest. It’s been said that cockroaches will outlive everything and considering how hard they are to kill, that may not be off the mark. For homeowners in Roseville, living with cockroaches is unacceptable, which why it’s important to understand the dangers of cockroach infestations.
Before we dive into how dangerous cockroaches are, we need to first identify the cockroach types commonly found in the Roseville area, which include:
German Cockroaches: While this species has wings, they glide more than fly. They range in color from tan to black with two dark stripes between their head and wings. This is the most common cockroach found in homes because they are unable to handle colder temperatures. They have also built up a resistance to certain pesticides, which means they often require professional attention.
American Cockroaches: The American cockroach is reddish-brown and does fly as opposed to the German cockroach. This species is usually found in supermarkets and restaurants but can invade homes as well thanks to their love of sewage pipes. They are fast and therefore difficult to treat on your own.
Oriental Cockroaches: This species is a dark brown or glossy black. It’s also known as the filthiest of the cockroaches due to preferring cool and dark habitats. As such, you can find them under your washing machine, near leaky pipes, and around other similar locales.
Turkestan Cockroaches: The females of this species are larger and dark brown or black. The males, on the other hand, are a brownish-orange and also have the ability to fly. In general, Turkestan cockroaches don’t care to be inside people’s homes. However, the males are attracted to bright lights,which can make your home act as a beacon.
Brown-Banded Cockroaches: Marked by the two light yellow to pale brown bands across their bodies, this roach species is highly active and easily disturbed. Brown-banded cockroaches avoid light and require less moisture than other breeds. As such, they can be more widespread, which can make pest control nearly impossible without professional attention.
The Dangers Of Cockroaches
Unlike other pests, cockroaches don’t present a direct danger to humans or pets. However, that doesn’t mean they should be looked at as just a nuisance. Instead, the real danger cockroaches bring lies in the diseases they carry thanks to their travels. Some illnesses connected to cockroaches include salmonella, cholera, giardia, and more.
In addition to diseases, we can also count on cockroaches to cause allergies and asthma attacks. It’s never just one cockroach that invades. In the case of German cockroaches and the brown-banded cockroach, they’re known to travel in large colonies, which only makes the situation a larger concern.
Taking Control Of Your Home
In order to stay on top of a cockroach infestation, you need to be able to detect one. The easiest sign to tell that you have an infestation is to see either a live or a dead cockroach on the premises. There are other signs of a cockroach infestation such as evidence of fecal droppings or egg sac casings. Hopefully, you’re lucky enough to not observe any signs. However, prevention is the key to success so be sure to make note of the following tips:
Keep It Clean: Roaches like clutter, garbage, and other signs of a disorder. The best thing to do is to limit desirable locations.
Manage The Kitchen: Roaches love people food. They will hunt for any leftover crumbs. They also love the kitchen for its easy access to water. Be sure food is stored properly, crumbs are cleaned up, and the sink/appliances aren’t leaking to keep the roaches away. In addition, it’s important to limit the areas in the house where food is consumed to further maintain cockroach prevention.
Vacuum Regularly: Roaches will leave egg sacs and other evidence behind them. The best way to keep those egg sacs from becoming new roaches is to regularly vacuum the floor.
Cockroach Prevention With White Line Pest Management
Between the health issues cockroaches present and their relative hardiness against at-home cockroach control methods, it’s best to leave things to trained professionals like our team here at White Line Pest Management. We utilize a proven three-step process, which starts with an inspection and ends with us performing any needed follow-up to ensure you maintain control of your home.
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