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Cockroach Identification

What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are insects and a common pest in both homes and businesses; there are thousands of cockroaches that live worldwide. Cockroaches vary in size and appearance depending on their species. They have flat, oval-shaped bodies with long, spiny legs, and long antennae. These scavengers, when living outside and away from people, are helpful – getting rid of dead or decaying plant and animal matter. It is only those species that have discovered living near or with people is beneficial, that give all cockroaches a bad name!close up of cockroach on wood

In Georgia, the most common type of cockroaches we run into include:

  • Brown-banded cockroaches
  • Smokybrown cockroaches (a.k.a. water bugs)
  • German cockroaches
  • American cockroaches
  • Oriental cockroaches

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Cockroaches that decide to move into our homes are dangerous and their presence should never be tolerated for any period of time. They are prolific breeders and they are able to quickly take over any home they decide to invade. In addition to taking over in large difficult to control numbers, cockroaches cause a variety of other problems, such as:

  • Triggering allergic reactions and asthma attacks in people, especially young kids.
  • Contaminating food, dishes, utensils, and surfaces, with bacteria such as salmonella and E. coli.
  • Chewing through, or staining with their excrement, things like upholstered furniture, curtains, clothing, rugs, and paper items.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

Cockroaches have the potential to become a problem in any home or business. They are able to enter inside on their own through gaps in walls, under doors, or around windows. Hitchhiking inside boxes, packages, potted plants, and appliances are also common ways that cockroaches move into homes. Additionally, cockroaches move inside on the bottom of people’s shoes. Their many ways to get into a home is what makes these pests so difficult to control.

Where will I find cockroaches?

Any home or business that provides cockroaches with food and shelter has the potential to become a home to cockroaches. Except for the brown-banded cockroach, which prefers dry, hot conditions, most species of cockroaches seek out warm, humid living conditions. In our homes, cockroaches tend to live in kitchens, bathrooms, and basements.

Brown-banded cockroaches are common invaders of attics. Places where cockroaches hide include drawers, cabinets under sinks, behind large appliances, in crawlspaces, in electronics, and behind walls voids near water pipes.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

To protect your property from cockroaches, it is essential to maintain an effective pest prevention and control program. For the complete removal of cockroaches from your Georgia property, call MSI Termite & Pest Control and learn about our Peachtree City cockroach control services. By working together, we can make sure your home or business stays free of roaches and other pests.

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

At MSI Termite & Pest Control, we want to provide you with some helpful tips to help you avoid problems with cockroaches:

  • Store dry goods and baked goods in containers with airtight lids.
  • Keep fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator.
  • Remove trash from your home and wash dishes on a daily basis.
  • Seal cracks in the foundation, repair torn screens, and install door sweeps to keep cockroaches from being able to easily move into your home.
  • Keep covers over vents, drains, and areas around sump pumps.
  • Seal spaces around wire, pipes, and air conditioners that enter into your home.
  • Reduce excess moisture in and around your home by fixing leaky pipes, keeping gutters clear, and using dehumidifiers.
  • Keep attics spaces and crawlspaces well-ventilated.
  • Limit clutter that cockroaches could hide within.
 

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