What are cockroaches?
Cockroaches are insects. They are nocturnal, and while a few have wings, most lack wings or lack fully developed wings and prefer to move from place to place using their six legs. As scavengers, cockroaches living outside help to rid the world of decaying organic matter. But, these scavengers feed on our food, damage personal property, and contaminate surfaces when they get into our homes or businesses. These insects breed quickly and are often able to develop into large infestations before we finally notice their presence.
German cockroaches, American cockroaches, smoky brown cockroaches, brown-banded cockroaches, and Oriental cockroaches live in our area of Georgia and repeatedly find a way into our homes and businesses.
Are cockroaches dangerous?
Cockroaches that find a way to our properties are dangerous. They are a significant risk factor for children developing asthma and anyone developing allergy symptoms, including watery eyes, runny noses, and skin rashes. The spread of diseases is also a big concern when cockroaches move into your home, such as salmonellosis, E. coli, and dysentery.
As they crawl over counters, through drawers, and over utensils and dishes, they leave behind dangerous reminders of their presence. Cockroaches contaminate our homes and businesses with excrement, saliva, and the bacteria they carry on their bodies.
Why do I have a cockroach problem?
You have a problem with cockroaches because these pests can to show up inside any home or business. They move inside on their own, searching for food and water, or they hitchhike in inside of cardboard boxes, deliveries, used furniture, or objects that have been previously stored outside. Common entry points for cockroaches include cracks in exterior walls, loose window or door screens, vents, or spaces surrounding pipes and cables entering your structure.
Where will I find cockroaches?
Cockroaches are anywhere there is moisture, food, and dark areas to hide. Things like leaky pipes, overwatered gardens, pet water bowls, and poor drainage attract moisture-seeking cockroaches. The smell of food is highly attractive to roaches, and open trash cans, compost piles, pet food, gardens, and other food sources are not things cockroaches can pass up.
American, German, and Oriental cockroaches live in damp, dark areas. In our homes and businesses, they stay near things like refrigerators, sinks, and stoves. Drains, sump pumps, and electrical equipment also attract these cockroaches.
Brown-banded cockroaches prefer to live in hot, dry areas and try to stay away from areas of moisture. Smokey brown cockroaches prefer to live outside in wooded areas but are very attracted to light. Outdoor light fixtures and the light they see through our windows attract these pests to our homes.
How do I get rid of cockroaches?
Cockroaches are not pests that you should allow to live in the same space as you and your family. To remove these pests as quickly as possible, reach out to the Georgia pest control experts at Alternative Pest Control. With over 35 years in the pest control industry, we know how to rid homes and businesses of pests.
Using Integrated Pest Management techniques, and regular, customized services, we will solve your current pest problems and stop them from returning. We deliver tailored services to meet your exact needs! Free inspection, estimates, and the execution of exceptional pest control services are just some of the benefits of choosing us for your residential or commercial pest control needs.
How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?
Taking the following steps will help you avoid cockroaches from overtaking your Georgia property. Our prevention tips are the best way to guard your home against cockroaches in conjunction with our pest control services.
- Make your home inhospitable to cockroaches by keeping floors and counters free of crumbs and spills, store food in the fridge or containers with airtight lids, and wash dishes daily.
- Before bed, pick up pet food bowls and water dishes.
- Repair leaky pipes, clogged drains, and dripping air conditioners.
- Keep sinks and tubs free of excess water.
- Cut off access points by inspecting the outside of your home and repairing any cracks or openings in the foundation or exterior walls.
- Remove debris and excess trash from your property where cockroaches can hide.
- Always inspect new purchases, used items, deliveries, or things that have been stored outside for cockroaches before bringing them inside.
- Keep outdoor lights off whenever they are not necessary.
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