What Is A Cockroach?

Four species of cockroaches are common in our area: of these, the German cockroach is the one most frequently found in homes and apartments. Another species, the Wood roach, is common in cabinets and lake homes.  Cockroaches range in color from light brown to a oily black and can vary in size from ¼ inch to 1 ½ inches long depending on the species.  

Why Do I Have Them?

Cockroaches like to hide in dark, undisturbed places close to food and water which is why they are often noticed first in kitchens and bathrooms. They infest homes and buildings that provide suitable conditions for breeding and feed mainly at night. They will scurry for shelter when the lights are switched on.

Are They Dangerous?

Cockroaches carry viral and bacterial pathogens on their bodies and in their feces which can cause conditions including asthma, salmonella poisoning and dysentery.  

How Do I Get Rid Of Cockroaches?

Getting rid of cockroaches can be extremely difficult as these nighttime pests are naturally elusive and adapt extremely well to their surroundings.  That’s why it is highly recommended for roach infestations to contact a professional pest control company. 

Can I Do It Myself?

Do-It-Yourself cockroach treatments and products are not usually effective and may contain pesticides that can be harmful to people and pets if they are misused or mixed improperly.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Cockroach problems can be difficult to prevent but reducing sources of water, keeping food tightly sealed and proper sanitation will deter these pests.  If cockroaches have infested your property contact Local Pest Control.