Cockroach Identification

What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are scavenger insects that help rid the areas where they live of decaying animal and plant matter. Cockroaches are broad, oval-shaped, flattened insects with long antennae and have a shield-shaped section behind the head. Some roaches do have fully developed wings, but most do not; they either lack wings or do not have fully developed wings.

These insects are difficult to control because they breed quickly and keep themselves hidden from people by hiding in dark cracks and crevices during the day, emerging at night to search for food.

a cockroach in a basement

There are many cockroaches species that live across the United States. The two most common species that find their way into our homes and businesses are the large American cockroach and the much smaller German cockroach.

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Cockroaches are dangerous and play a significant role in carrying and transmitting diseases and parasites that make people ill. Roaches can spread E. coli, salmonella, gastroenteritis, staph, and strep. Remember before they found their way into your home, cockroaches were traveling over garbage, and through sewers and drains!

Cockroaches living inside our homes will also damage personal items like clothing and furniture, create unpleasant odors, and contaminate and change the taste of food. The longer they are allowed to feed and breed, the bigger a problem they will become.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

Cockroaches often wind up in our homes and businesses because they provide them with a warm environment and easy access to food and water. These pests often move from place to place inside deliveries, boxes, and used furniture or appliances.

Cockroaches regularly find their way into homes or businesses on their own. The move indoors when the outside environment becomes too hot or dry, or there is a lack of a reliable food sources. Roaches are also a huge problem in multi-unit buildings and travel from unit to unit through walls and floors using wires and pipes as a highway system. 

Where will I find cockroaches?

German cockroaches aren’t fans of colder weather and are mainly indoor pests. They are a significant threat inside homes, restaurants, and anywhere else food is prepared or stored. American cockroaches are more likely to be found outside; they live in flowerbeds, under mulch, and behind tree bark. However, don’t put it past these pests to move into our homes and businesses while seeking moisture and food sources.

Inside, the most common places you will find these pests include kitchens, bathrooms, attics, and basements. Wall voids, drawers, the backs of cabinets, areas under sinks, and spaces near tubs and sinks are some favorite hideouts. Cockroaches feed on almost anything they come across, from the foods we eat to things like toothpaste, soap, paper, and hair.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

Cockroaches are dangerous pests. At Natura Pest Control, we understand this and will provide you with the fast action necessary to remove these pests and stop them from returning. Our pest control solutions are not only effective but leave behind the smallest environmental footprint possible! We also provide amazing customer service!

We will work closely with you to control cockroaches on your Nevada property. We have a deep understanding of cockroach behavior, which helps us eliminate these pests from any home or business. We will meet your unique pest control needs using clean, green, organic products! To learn more about getting rid of cockroaches with our residential or commercial pest control services, call Natura Pest Control today!

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

Keeping cockroaches from finding their way onto your property and into your home is difficult. They will move inside by hitchhiking in on their own. The best way to avoid problems with cockroaches is to partner with a professional, implement routine pest control services, and eliminate the things from your property that attract them:

  • Cleaning counters, tables, and floors daily will go a long way in keeping cockroaches out of your home.
  • Regularly remove trash from your home and store it outside in containers with locking lids until trash removal day.
  • Routinely empty and wash out trash cans to remove sticky liquids and other food debris.
  • Pick up pet food every night, and store all pet food in hard-sided containers with locking lids.
  • Check the exterior your house, and repair any cracks or crevices that cockroaches could exploit to move into your home.
  • Repair leaking pipes and use dehumidifiers to keep humidity levels low indoors.

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