Cockroach Identification & Prevention
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What are cockroaches?
Cockroaches are insects that belong to the scientific group Blattodea and are well-known for their scavenging activities around areas of trash or organic waste. Thousands of different cockroach species exist across the globe, but there are a select few types of cockroaches you are most likely to encounter around your property.
Cockroach species to keep an eye out for include the smaller, tan-colored German cockroach, the large, dark-colored oriental cockroach (this species is sometimes called a waterbug), and the reddish-brown American cockroach. If you need help with cockroach identification, contact Terra Pest Management Specialists.
Are cockroaches dangerous?
Not only are cockroaches unpleasant to encounter, but they are also dangerous pests to host around your property. All cockroaches transmit diseases and pathogens onto the surfaces, food storage areas, or other interior areas of your property as they scavenge. You can pick up serious illnesses from a cockroach infestation, such as salmonella, cholera, dysentery, and listeriosis.
Additionally, the shed skins, droppings, and saliva of cockroaches may trigger allergy and breathing issues in certain individuals. The larger an infestation is, the more likely droppings and allergy triggers will accumulate to cause major problems. Professional cockroach control is the best way to avoid these dangers.
Why do I have a cockroach problem?
Cockroach problems around homes or businesses typically occur because a property has many factors that easily attract these pests, such as access to food, water, and shelter. You can decrease your chances of a cockroach infestation by removing access to these factors as much as possible.
Where will I find cockroaches?
Outdoors, cockroaches will hide around long grass, under piles of debris, or near waste disposal areas so they can scavenge easily. Inside, you will likely see cockroaches running around near kitchens, bathrooms, food storage areas, or cluttered areas that provide secluded shelter.
How do I get rid of cockroaches?
If you want to get rid of cockroaches for good, skip DIY cockroach control products and reach out to Terra Pest Management Specialists at the first sign of these pests. It takes professional help to identify your major cockroach problem areas, tailor treatment plans, and remove every trace of these dangerous pests from your property as effectively as possible. When you trust Terra Pest Management Specialists, your cockroach issues will be taken care of in no time.
How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?
Prevent cockroach problems from occurring in the future by following the following expert tips:
- Seal potential cockroach entry points around your property, such as cracks around the windows, doors, and foundation.
- Make sure window and door screens are unbroken and install weatherstripping where possible to keep roaches out.
- Store all leftover food properly and never ignore food or drink spills, as the aroma of these attracts hungry roaches inside.
- Dispose of trash promptly and seal all trash bags tightly to stop roaches from scavenging in these areas.
- Clear away cockroach harborage spots like long grass, piles of debris, and woodpiles.
- Fix moisture issues around the interior and exterior of your property to stop humid or damp conditions from attracting roaches.
If you have more questions about cockroach prevention or need assistance defeating an infestation of roaches on your commercial property, don’t hesitate to contact Terra Pest Management Specialists and benefit from our expert cockroach control.
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