Cockroaches have a reputation for their ability to survive anything. You may read stories on the Internet about how these insects can survive without a head or withstand nuclear fallout. And while some of these stories include wild exaggeration, the stereotype remains: cockroaches are problematic pests that resist eradication.
But should you feel concerned if you find cockroaches in your home? Sure, they may startle you and irritate you, but do you have to worry about your health when these insects invade?
Read below to learn more about what these pests do and how to eradicate them.
Common Problems That Cockroaches Cause
Cockroaches eat all kinds of foodstuffs, so you often find them in your kitchen. However, these insects do not just eat your food. They also carry diseases, and you could catch those diseases if you eat contaminated food.
Additionally, roaches may wreak havoc by leaving their eggs and feces around your home. These pests also give off an unpleasant odor that will build as the infestation grows. So while these insects may seem like normal, but large, beetles, they cause a lot of problems. Use the information in the rest of this post to identify and eradicate a cockroach infestation.
The Cockroach’s Appearance
North America has several cockroach species. However, each of these species has characteristics in common. Cockroaches have round, oblong bodies-they almost resemble crickets-and come in varying shades of brown, ranging from light brown to reddish tinges and almost black shades. Roaches also have long antennae, and most species have wings. Most can even fly.
Signs Of A Cockroach Infestation
As mentioned above, cockroaches leave feces and a foul odor when they infest a home. But you may also notice other signs as well.
First, you may notice bugs running or flying quickly out of sight when you turn the lights on. Cockroaches avoid light when they can. So if you see these pests during the day, you know you have a large infestation because they usually venture out during daylight due to overcrowding.
Cockroaches also make noise, especially if you have African hissing cockroaches in your cupboards or behind your walls. No-the noise won’t deafen you, but the hissing, skittering, and fluttering may keep you up at night. Then again, if you only have a small infestation, you might not notice the noise at all.
Ways To Eradicate Cockroaches In Your Home
If you think these dirty insects have overrun your home, you must act fast. Cockroaches breed and mature quickly, and what began as a few invaders could quickly turn into a whole colony. Additionally, as these insects often nest in hard-to-reach places, you might not have the ability to eradicate them on your own. However, you can take a few steps to exterminate these unwanted house guests:
- Call an exterminator. Only a fogging treatment or other professional methods can kill every unhatched or adult cockroach. A simple layer of bug spray won’t do you any good. Cockroaches do live up to their reputation in that they are difficult to kill.
- Seal windows and doors, and check other areas around your home for spaces where cockroaches could squeeze through.
- Throw away contaminated food sources and replace them. Keep the replacements in sturdy, tightly sealed plastic containers.
- Eliminate standing water sources from leaks.
Even if you take all the steps listed above, you may still have to try several times and work hard to eliminate these pests. But don’t give up hope. Your exterminator may have more tips for you depending on the size of your infestation. So don’t wait-call your pest control experts to ensure your cockroach problem disappears and never resurfaces again.
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