Cockroaches have been around forever – approximately 300 million years. “Cockroaches have been found to carry over 33 types of bacteria and six species of parasites which can be extremely dangerous to humans. If an unknowing person consumes food contaminated by cockroaches, it can cause food poisoning, and/or gastroenteritis. Common symptoms include severe stomach cramps and tenderness, diarrhea, belly pain, nausea, and vomiting,” explains Pestworld.org.
The sight of a disgusting black cockroach skittering across your counter, sink or floor is enough to send you running for a broom, shoe or can of insect repellant. Everyone hates roaches — and for a good reason.
Cockroaches give off unpleasant odors, aggravate allergies (especially in children), carry diseases, and ruin food. In extreme cases, they even bite!
Cockroaches survive on the following items:
Human homes possess all of those things, from pantries stocked with food to lots of cracks and crevices in which cockroaches can hide and lay their eggs.
Homes that are dirty homes offer the perfect conditions for cockroaches. These items attract cockroaches into your home:
Cockroaches are a problem year round. That being said, they are more prolific in the summer; they fare poorly in the cold, but they thrive in heat and humidity. This means that you should be especially vigilant from now until when the weather cools.
You may not see cockroaches them until there is a severe infestation because they are nocturnal creatures.
Here are some of the most common roaches in the United States:
American cockroaches / Palmettos are reddish-brown with wings, and up to 1.5-inches long.
Brown-banded cockroaches – considered the “furniture cockroach”.
German cockroaches are about half an inch long with brown with dark stripes behind the head.
Oriental roaches are black and 1- to 1.5-inches long. The male cockroaches have short wings, though they can’t fly.
Wood roaches are 1- to 1.75-inches long and are brown. These male wood roaches have wings; however, this type of cockroach can fly.
Here are signs of a cockroach infestation:
Cockroaches can be harmful to humans in two ways:
If you suspect you may have a cockroach infestation, or would like to have peace of mind, call us for a free inspection. Contact a local experienced pest control company at the first signs of any insect infestation.
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