What are cockroaches?
Cockroaches are scavengers, and their ability to eat almost anything is why they have become such a tricky pest to control. They can adapt and live, breed, and feed almost anywhere. Cockroaches are persistent in their wants and needs and will squeeze their oval, flattened bodies into the smallest of spaces to move inside our homes or businesses to access food, moisture, and shelter.
There are thousands of cockroach species living worldwide. Two species that are a major pest for home and business owners living in Southern California are the German cockroach and American cockroach:
German cockroaches are small roaches with a tannish-brown body and two dark parallel lines between the head and thorax. Their small body size and dark color allow them to move quickly and easily hide.
American cockroaches are a large cockroaches identified by their reddish-brown color and pale yellow marking located right behind the head. Unlike German cockroaches, American roaches will fly for short distances.
Are cockroaches dangerous?
Cockroaches are scavengers that cause significant problems for people. Their excrement and shed skins are an allergen source and increase a child’s risk of developing asthma. People living in homes with cockroaches often develop cold-like symptoms and skin rashes. Cockroaches carry on their bodies and legs various bacteria, human pathogens, and parasites that they transmit to our food, food prep areas, dishes, utensils, and surfaces.
Not only do cockroaches affect our physical health. But their presence can affect our mental health. No one is comfortable and gets a good night’s sleep when they share their home and food with cockroaches.
Why do I have a cockroach problem?
Eating many of the same foods that we do, it is no wonder why cockroaches want to live in our homes and businesses. We unintentionally provide these insects with food and everything else they need. Many roaches, including American cockroaches, like living outside. But, they aren’t immune to becoming uncomfortable there, and if food sources become scarce or the weather becomes unsuitable, they will move into our structures.
Other roaches, like German cockroaches, prefer to live indoors. They have come to rely on our homes and businesses to provide them with warm damp places to hide during the day and plenty of food to forage for each night. They easily move throughout a home or multi-unit building through gaps in walls, floors, and ceilings. Cockroaches are prolific breeders, and once they move into our homes or businesses, it doesn’t take long for their populations to explode.
Where will I find cockroaches?
Cockroaches invade structures where food is prepared and stored, making our homes, restaurants, grocery stores, healthcare facilities, and schools prime real estate for these disease-spreading pests.
American and German cockroaches prefer to live in areas with heat and humidity. Inside our homes, kitchens, bathrooms, crawl spaces, and basements are some of a cockroach’s favorite places to hide. When not inside a structure, American cockroaches live behind tree bark, in gardens, in flower beds, and around sewers and drains.
How do I get rid of cockroaches?
Partner with Allswell to prevent issues with cockroaches and eliminate any that have found a way into your home or business. Our experts solve pest problems using the industry’s latest technology and highest standards. We have the experience and knowledge needed to get rid of pests and prevent their return. If you are looking for comprehensive solutions to your Southern California home or business’s pest problems, contact us at Allswell and speak with one of our helpful professionals.
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How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?
Prevent problems with cockroaches by implementing proven solutions through our effective pest control services. Also, use the following tips to prevent issues with cockroaches in your San Diego County home:
- Clean up kitchen and food prep areas every day. Wipe crumbs and sticky spills from counters and floors.
- Store food in the fridge or airtight containers to keep hungry cockroaches out of your family’s food.
- Moisture attracts many species of cockroaches. Repair any leaky pipes and other things in and around your home that allow water to collect.
- Limit hiding spots by keeping storage areas, cabinets, drawers, closets, and pantries free of excess clutter.
- Store things in plastic containers, not cardboard boxes.
- Thoroughly inspect your home’s exterior, repairing any entry points you find.