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Cockroach Identification & Prevention

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.

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