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Cockroaches are one of the most common household pests infesting homes and businesses. Finding cockroaches in your home or business can be very disturbing, as these pests are known carriers of diseases such as Salmonella, and their droppings can trigger asthma attacks. Cockroaches breed rapidly and can be difficult to control without the help of professional cockroach exterminators.
Our team of cockroach pest control experts understands how distressing a cockroach infestation can be, which is why we work with you to prevent them in the first place. We are proud to provide our community with quick, effective, and long-lasting cockroach control services year-round.
Common Cockroach in Georgia
When Do You Need Cockroach Extermination?
Seeing just one cockroach in your home is a sign that you may already have an infestation. Some species of cockroaches can remain active for weeks without food, surviving on very limited resources. Roaches can adapt to a variety of environments, however, they typically prefer warm conditions found within homes and buildings. If you suspect you have a cockroach infestation within your home, call the cockroach exterminators at Active Pest Control today!
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Our Cockroach Extermination Process
Cockroach extermination can be difficult, because if you spot one cockroach, there may be hundreds more in hiding. Roaches leave chemical trails in their feces and emit pheromones to attract mates. In this way, cockroaches are often drawn to congregate in areas together. As a result of this behavior, seeing just one cockroach almost always implicates a larger infestation. The key to cockroach control is prevention, after all.
The roach exterminators at Active Pest Control recommend the following to keep roaches out of your home:
- Thorough inspection: If you have a roach problem, our cockroach pest control team will thoroughly inspect your property to locate where and how they got inside your home in the first place.
- Cockroach extermination: After we’ve found the root of the problem, our roach exterminators will implement safe, effective, and long-lasting pest control methods to get rid of the infestation.
- Prevention services: Once treatment is complete, our roach exterminators will work with you to implement a number of cockroach prevention measures and set up an ongoing plan to keep you safe.
Cockroaches do not cause physical damage to buildings or surroundings; however, they can be a significant health concern and a difficult nuisance. Cockroaches can contaminate food products with their bodies and their waste products. They may also leave a disturbing odor in areas where an infestation has taken place. Foraging cockroaches are vectors of disease, depositing germs or bacteria in areas that they infest and causing attacks of asthma in people who are prone. This can be overwhelming for any homeowner, making it important to learn what you can do to avoid an infestation.
Cockroach Prevention Tips
General preventive measures to deter cockroaches include keeping food stored in sealed containers, using garbage bins with tight-fitting lids and wiping up any spills. Keep your kitchen and bathrooms clean, sweeping, mopping, and vacuuming on a regular basis. Roaches are attracted to water, so repair any moistures issues, water leaks, or dripping taps. Seal cracks and crevices around foundations, baseboards, and in between cabinets with steel wool, copper mesh or silicone-based caulk. Install weather stripping and door sweeps around windows, exterior doors and garage doors.
When to Call a Cockroach Exterminator
If you’ve done all you can to prevent roaches or have exhausted your DIY cockroach control methods to no avail, it’s time to call your local roach extermination experts at Active Pest Control. Our team of experts will work hard to locate where your cockroach problem originated from in the first place. From there, we will implement the best cockroach control methods to keep roaches away for good. Contact us today to get started.
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Frequently-Asked Cockroach Questions
Roaches are oval, flat insects that, depending on their species, can be anywhere from 13 mm to 40 mm. Some other common characteristics of cockroaches are as follows.
- Roaches have six long legs with pads that enable them to scale surfaces or walk on walls and ceilings.
- Male cockroaches are smaller than females, who carry the eggs. Male cockroaches of certain species, on the other hand, can possess wings.
- Roach nymphs are paler in color than adults and will molt several times before reaching maturity.
- Cockroaches vary in appearance depending on their species: American cockroaches are large and reddish-brown in color. German roaches are nearly half the size of American roaches and are brown in color. Oriental roaches are nearly black in color and are also on the larger side.
Cockroaches are infamous for their eating habits. Roaches are omnivores and not picky, meaning they will feed on just about anything they come across so long as it’s organic. Typically, cockroaches prefer three types of food: starches, sweets, and animal proteins. They will gravitate toward greasy foods or anything that is fermented. When these types of food are unavailable, roaches will go as far as to feed on book bindings, glue, paper, and even other dead insects.
Cockroaches are not picky and can find even the cleanest home suitable for infesting. Some of the common things that are attractive to roaches include:
- Food: Crumbs, spilled drinks, and unsealed food will all quickly attract roaches. Cockroaches are not picky and can find the most unsavory food remnants in or near your property suitable for feasting on.
- Water: Cockroaches prefer damp, humid environments. Leaky pipes or faucets will draw cockroaches toward your pipes and plumbing. This is why roaches are common in basements and bathrooms.
- Shelter: Like other small insects, cockroaches will gain entry into your home through the smallest cracks and crevices. Always inspect your property and seal holes with caulking to make your home impenetrable.
Not all cockroach species are capable of flight. Additionally, the roaches that are capable of flight are known to be very poor fliers. The American cockroach, which is one of the most common roaches, will use its wings to glide from a higher elevation to a lower one. In general, roaches rarely fly as they prefer to use their long legs to run.
Roaches are not known for their biting habits. In general, a roach is uninterested in humans and will leave them alone. If a bite occurs, it’s because the population of cockroaches has outgrown its food sources. A rare cockroach bite can occur at nighttime on your face, hands, or fingers. The bite will appear similar to a bed bug bite, but typically only one bump will appear.
As gross as cockroaches are, they are unlikely to hurt you. However, roach infestations have been known to trigger health problems for some individuals. This is because roaches carry germs and bacteria that can contaminate food and surfaces in your home. When roaches feed on your food, they can spread bacteria that can possibly infect you.
Roaches are also known to possibly trigger allergies in certain individuals. Roach droppings, skin, and saliva are all known to release particles that can trigger allergic reactions in some people.
Most cockroach species prefer dark, damp environments. Here’s how they differ by species:
- American cockroaches are common in homes and restaurants, as they gravitate toward human good. They are most typically found in basements, laundry rooms, and near pipes, heaters, and drains.
- German cockroaches are the most common indoor roach, especially in multi-family housing. They prefer dark and humid environments, making them commonly found in kitchen areas, cabinets, and bathrooms.
- Oriental cockroaches prefer cool and damp environments, and are typically seen outside. They will hide beneath patio bricks, woodchips, mulch, and sidewalks. Indoors, they’re often in plumbing and drains.
Cockroaches can indeed appear dead when in reality they are sleeping or freezing to avoid being seen. There have been reports of roaches staying completely still or rolling onto their backs to appear dead until the threat is gone. Additionally, there has been research to show that roaches can hold their breath for up to 40 minutes!
Under favorable conditions, cockroaches have been known to live for an entire year. Factors such as food supply, habitat, and climate affect how long a roach will live for. American cockroaches can live for about one year while German cockroaches are estimated to live for about 100 days. On average, cockroaches can live for a month without food but only a week without water.
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