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Cockroach Identification & Prevention


What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are six-legged insects with flat, oval bodies that are perfect for squeezing into tiny spaces. They are scavengers and love to live in unsanitary areas that give them access to the things they love, such as standing water, trash, decaying organic matter, and animal excrement. Out in nature, they have the important job of breaking down decaying materials. However, when they find their way into our Sacramento homes or businesses, they are anything but helpful; they are dangerous and destructive pests. 

Here in Northern California, two main cockroach species that we need to be vigilant about are the German cockroach and the American cockroach.

The German cockroach is small and the most common to find inside our structures. In fact, German cockroaches have adapted to primarily living indoors with people. 

The American cockroach is the largest roach to invade structures in the United States. These cockroaches have a long lifespan and are regular invaders of both our indoor and outdoor spaces.

Are cockroaches dangerous?

The cockroach’s love of filth is what makes these insects so dangerous when living near people. After crawling through garbage, excrement, sewers, and other areas of debris and decay, these pests are covered in bacteria, human pathogens, and parasites.

When they crawl over surfaces, food, utensils, and furniture in our homes, they contaminate them with things that cause salmonellosis, dysentery, E. coli, cholera, and more.

Cockroaches are also a significant source of allergens, and the build up of their excrement and shed skins trigger cold-like symptoms, skin rashes, and asthma attacks.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

Since cockroaches are scavengers, they have a varied diet and can utilize almost anything as a food source. Cockroaches have adapted to living with people because our yards and structures provide them with reliable food sources, places of shelter, and in most cases, water sources. Crumbs in the kitchen or under a couch, open trash cans, outdoor eating areas, and pet food bowls all provide cockroaches with food and make them want to make your home into a permanent residence. 

American cockroaches find their way indoors, usually after being attracted by food or when the weather becomes unsuitable. Since German cockroaches primarily live indoors, they typically move into different homes and businesses by hitchhiking.

Where are cockroaches commonly found?

Cockroaches are so successful because they are exceptional at the game of hide and seek. During the day, they hide out in dark, small spaces and emerge at night to forage for food, usually while we are sound asleep. If you see cockroaches out during the day, it indicates a large infestation is present. More subtle signs of an infestation include finding coffee ground-like or black pepper-like droppings in drawers, floors, and cabinets, noticing a foul, musty odor, or finding their shed skins. 

Cockroaches tend to congregate in areas of a home that put them near sources of food and water. These pests typically take cover in our kitchens, bathrooms, crawl spaces, and storage areas like cabinets and pantries.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

Cockroaches are never a welcome to our Northern California properties. At first sight of these pests, reach out to us at Defender Termite & Pest Management. With our thorough inspections and regular service visits, we can rid your Sacramento property of cockroaches and keep them from returning in the future. Our safe pest control solutions and fast action ensure that our customer’s pest problems are solved once and for all! For home and business owners looking for dependable and effective pest control and exceptional customer service, call us today and learn more about our residential and commercial pest control solutions!

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

Prevent future problems with cockroaches in Sacramento with the help of the following easy to accomplish prevention tips:

  • These scavengers love a free meal. Reduce a cockroach’s access to food by keeping lids on trash cans, storing food in the fridge or containers with airtight lids, and picking up uneaten pet food each evening. 
  • Keep outdoor eating areas from attracting cockroaches by making sure to clean up after eating outside. 
  • Keep roaches from moving into your home by caulking entry points in the foundation and around windows and doors. 
  • Cockroaches are attracted to areas of high humidity and standing water. Make sure your home has the proper ventilation, and repair any leaky pipes and fixtures. 
  • Regularly vacuum and dust and limit the areas you eat food in your home.

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