Your Guide To Cockroach Control & Prevention

What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are common and invasive pests. They are found successfully living in urban, suburban, and rural environments. Cockroaches have flattened, oval-shaped bodies and six legs that are covered in spines. Their long antennae are usually the same length or longer than their bodies. Cockroaches are nocturnal, hiding during the day and emerging at night to forage for food. German cockroaches are common invaders of both homes and businesses in Pennsylvania. They are a smaller species of cockroach and have two identifying black stripes that run horizontally down behind their heads, and their bodies are light brown to tan in color.

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Are cockroaches dangerous?

Cockroaches are most definitely dangerous pests. They contaminate food sources, objects, and the surfaces of homes with the bacteria, human pathogens, and parasites that they carry on their bodies and legs. Before finding their way into your home, they were most likely traveling through excrement, sewers, carrion, and garbage piles. Dysentery, salmonellosis, gastroenteritis, and E. coli can all be spread by cockroaches. Their feces, saliva, and shed skins can also trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks, especially in the case of children or people with weakened immune systems.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

Cockroaches become problematic inside homes and businesses, especially commercial kitchens, after they have found their way inside while foraging for food or because they have accidentally been introduced through deliveries, in used furniture and used appliances, or in potted plants. Cockroaches regularly move inside through cracks and crevices in a home's foundation or exterior walls, spaces under doors and around windows, through open windows, in drains and vents, and through spaces around air conditioner units.

Where will I find cockroaches?

German cockroaches like to live and nest indoors in warm, humid, dark, secluded places. Areas behind appliances or underneath cabinets in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and pantry areas are all common places you will find German cockroaches and other species of cockroaches. While German cockroaches prefer living inside, there are many species that like to live outside. Outdoors cockroaches are found living on trees, in mulch, in garden areas, and in sewers or drains.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

The easiest way to control and prevent cockroach infestations is with the help of the Philadelphia pest control professionals. At Resolution Pest, our board-trained, state-certified exterminators deliver the exceptional pest control services needed to rid your property of cockroaches. Resolution Pest is committed to using environmentally safe, ethical treatments to solve your cockroach problem and prevent their return. To learn more about implementing a residential or commercial pest control service in your Bucks, Chester, Delaware, or Montgomery County-area home or business, call Resolution Pest!

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

In addition to our professional services in the Philadelphia metro area, the following tips can help to prevent problems with cockroaches:

  • Make sure that weather stripping is in place around all exterior windows and doors.

  • Seal gaps or cracks in the foundation and exterior walls.

  • Use dehumidifiers to reduce humidity levels.

  • Replace any torn window and door screens.

  • Install door sweeps.

  • Repair leaky pipes, fixtures, and drains.

  • Inspect packages, boxes, appliances, and furniture before bringing them inside.

  • Keep all food in your home or business inside airtight containers or in the refrigerator.

  • Make sure that outdoor trash cans and compost bins have locking lids placed on them.

 

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