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Cockroach Identification & Prevention


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What are cockroaches?

Most cockroach species are nocturnal, coming out at night to scavenge for food. While their ability to fly varies from species to species, cockroaches are fast runners. So these light-sensitive insects will scurry away into hiding when exposed to light.

Cockroaches in Salem County have an oval-shaped body, six legs, and antennae. Their size and coloring vary depending on the species:

  • German cockroaches - 1/2 to 5/8 of an inch with a light brown to tan color and two dark stripes behind their heads
  • Oriental cockroaches - 1 inch long with a shiny black color
  • American cockroaches - 1 1/4 to 2 1/8 inches long with a reddish-brown color and a yellowish figure-8 pattern on the back of the head
  • Wood cockroaches - 3/4 to 1 inch long with a chestnut color
cockroach on a food baggy

Are cockroaches dangerous?

There are numerous reasons why cockroaches are dangerous, but the most evident is their ability to contaminate anything they touch and spread pathogens.

Cockroaches can spread the following diseases and more:

  • E. coli
  • Staphylococcus infection
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Salmonellosis
  • Typhoid fever

When a cockroach infestation occurs, a home can become contaminated with the waste and saliva from these pests as well as the germs they carry. Their excrement can also turn into dust, affecting asthma and allergies.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

Cockroaches are scavengers and opportunists. They will take advantage of almost any opportunity for food, water, and shelter. People unintentionally tend to provide ample food resources and the other factors that attract pests. 

Where will I find cockroaches?

Kitchens are the most common areas to find cockroaches. Although your kitchen may look clean and free of food debris, there are likely crumbs, grease, moisture, and other attractive factors available underneath heavy appliances, cabinets, and sinks. Cockroaches also like bathrooms because of moisture and organic residue.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

One thing that makes cockroaches a contender for worst home-invading pests is how challenging they are to get rid of. Cockroaches survive in some of the most filthy and inhospitable places thanks to their resourcefulness and genetic makeup. Unfortunately, what this means for people is conventional pesticides are ineffective against them. However, you can deal with a cockroach problem with the right experience, skills, and products.

Salem County residents can rely on effective cockroach control at Preferred Termite and Pest Control for assistance with cockroaches! Our home pest control solutions in Salem County are unmatched! Reach out to us today to get started.

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

Keep cockroaches out of your home for good by making food less accessible and removing the other factors that attract them.

To remove food sources, you should use airtight containers for storage, vacuum and sweep regularly, and dispose of garbage properly in bins with tight-fitting lids. Keeping your home organized and decluttered will make it easier to clean up food debris and reduce harborage areas. In the same sense, you should maintain your yard to help eliminate moisture buildup.

Routinely checking the exterior of your home for entry points is essential to keeping any pests out. The best way to prevent cockroaches and other pests from getting into your home is through ongoing professional pest elimination services. Call us at Preferred Termite and Pest Control today!

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