When you see a big, brown bug in your home, it may Cockroaches are one of (if not THE) most feared and despised pests….and for good reason! They carry disease and signal an unclean environment, multiple quickly and can be difficult to get rid of. Here’s everything you need to know about cockroaches and why it is vital to contact a professional for cockroach pest control services if you spot one.
American Cockroach Signs in Your Home or Business
Cockroaches leave behind four main signs that may alert you to their presence. For instance, you may see them as they like to come out at night, so if you need a drink of water and turn on a light, then you may spot several bugs scuttling back to the darker areas of your home. Droppings are another sign that you may have an American cockroach infestation. The droppings are small with side ridges and blunt ends. If you spot small, dark-colored egg capsules, then your home or business may have cockroaches. You’re likely to find eggs underneath cabinets and behind large appliances. They measure about 38 mm long. The bugs also leave behind an unpleasant odor because they produce the aggregation of pheromone, which is a chemical. The smell is musty, and it will become stronger as a cockroach population grows.
Detecting a cockroach within your business or home can be quite an unsettling experience. However, they are far more than just a nuisance. Cockroaches spread bacteria, harbor disease, and can cause serious allergic reactions, particularly in children. It’s important to be able to properly identify and understand why cockroaches present such a problem.
How To Identify
Believe it or not, there are actually 3,500 different species of cockroaches worldwide. A common species found within the U.S. is appropriately named the American cockroach. These insects are large, brown, and have a distinct yellow band located behind their head. As terrifying a thought as it is, this species also produces wings and develops the ability to fly as they mature (the horror)! They tend to be nocturnal unless the population becomes too large or they encounter some type of stress that forces them out of hiding.
Generally speaking, cockroaches prefer warm, damp, humid conditions. Which means they often take up residence in kitchens, bathrooms, basements, or sewers. Want to decrease your chances of coming face to face with a cockroach? Always be sure to remove dirty dishes from the sink, keep floors clear of food crumbs or water and dispose of garbage at regular intervals, before it accumulates.
Why They Are A Problem
Beyond being creepy, cockroaches are also dangerous as they pose a significant health risk. Spreading more than 30 different types of bacteria, including E. coli and salmonella, cockroaches can also trigger asthma attacks and allergic reactions. Due to transmitting disease and bacteria, as well as the allergen proteins found on their body, cockroaches make living and working conditions highly unsafe.
How They Multiple
Once you’ve discovered a cockroach, it may seem as if they are multiplying every hour. While they don’t reproduce THAT quickly, they do develop and grow exceedingly fast. In fact, the typical lifespan is approximately one year and in that time, a female can produce 200-300 offspring or 6 generations. As a result of how quickly cockroaches can multiple, it’s imperative your pest issue is handled swiftly before the problem intensifies.
Why the American Cockroach is a Problem
Some people experience severe allergic reactions and asthma attacks when cockroaches are present because the insects have allergen proteins on their bodies. The bugs may also transmit diseases and can spread dangerous bacteria as well as human disease agents. The American cockroach can make living or working conditions unsafe. They are also hardy creatures that are tough to eradicate.
Cockroach Extermination and Removal Services
With cockroaches’ nocturnal nature and preference for hiding in cracks and crevices, it is wise to seek a professional if you suspect they’ve found their way into your dwelling. Our skilled technicians are experts at identifying conditions that may encourage infestation, as well as treating current pests and preventing future outbreaks.
We utilize a multi-faceted approach that depends on a variety of factors and is specific to your unique situation. Several products may be used alone or in combination, to address your particular pest issue. These may include dust, baits, or liquid residual materials, applied in a targeted manner to eliminate human and pet exposure.
At Flexible Pest Services, we offer the safest, most effective treatment options on the market, for both commercial and residential properties. Reach out today for prompt service and a complimentary quote!