How To Tell If Your Peachtree City Home Has A Cockroach Problem

October 15, 2020

Cockroaches are pests that produce many myths. One common misconception about cockroaches is that they can survive anything, including apocalyptic conditions. While they are a sturdy pest that's hard to remove, they can be conquered.

However, while you likely realize that cockroaches are a nasty pest, you might not know just how bad they can be. Cockroaches are one of the more dangerous pests commonly found in Peachtree City homes because of their ability to spread pathogens and diseases.

a cockroach on a kitchen dish

There are many different species of cockroaches in the area, including American cockroaches, German cockroaches, oriental cockroaches, brown-banded cockroaches, and the smokybrown cockroach.

While each of these species looks different, they share some characteristics:

  • Cockroaches are usually tan, brown, or reddish-brown, but the oriental cockroach is black.
  • Most roaches have a shiny, almost greasy appearance.
  • They have six legs.
  • They have wings that lie flat on their backs.
  • Their bodies are long and oval-shaped.

How Do Cockroaches Spread So Many Germs?

The reason why cockroaches are such an unsanitary, dangerous pest is because of the places they tend to hang out before coming indoors. You'll commonly find cockroaches around garbage, sewers, pipes, and other unclean areas. They also have spikes, called spines, on their legs that make it easy for germs to stick to them.

Once inside, they can spread these pathogens all over your home. Cockroaches also thrive in damp, dark areas next to food sources. You'll find them in bathrooms and kitchens, which makes the risk of transferring these germs to you even higher.

What Diseases Can Cockroaches Cause? 

While cockroaches can easily contaminate food and other surfaces they touch, they are much more harmful than most other common household pests because of the specific diseases that they can spread. Here are just a few of the illnesses cockroaches can transmit to humans:

  • Typhoid fever
  • Salmonella
  • Cholera
  • E. coli
  • Gastroenteritis

Cockroaches are also able to trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks.

Signs Of Cockroaches

In order to protect yourself from cockroaches, knowing the signs of an infestation is the best way to stop them before they become more invasive. Other than seeing the cockroaches themselves, these are the most common indicators of a cockroach problem.

  • Small, rod-shaped droppings
  • Discarded skins
  • Seeing small, white eggshells
  • Noticing a strange, musty odor
  • Brown smear marks around walls or floors

If you haven't yet noticed any signs of an infestation, you should take steps to prevent cockroaches from invading. While you can't completely ensure you'll never have an infestation, these tips can help reduce the likelihood of cockroaches getting inside your Peachtree City home.

  • Keep your garbage cans cleaned and take out the trash often.
  • Sweep and vacuum regularly.
  • Seal off access points by fixing holes in screens and installing door sweeps and weatherstripping.
  • Clean up crumbs and drink spills right after they happen.
  • Reduce moisture content by fixing leaky plumbing.

What To Do If You Notice Cockroach Problems 

If you even suspect you have a cockroach infestation, it's vital to take steps right away to remove them. The safest and most effective way to get rid of cockroaches is to contact the professionals at MSI Termite & Pest Control. As soon as you see any signs of cockroaches, reach out to our expert technicians. With over 25 years of experience, we can get rid of cockroaches and keep them from coming back. Give us a call today to learn more or request an appointment.

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