What are cockroaches?
Cockroaches thrive in warm, humid areas, making Georgia a place that cockroaches love to call home. Two of the more common species of cockroaches in our area are the German cockroach and the American cockroach; both are common visitors to our homes and have no problem making themselves comfortable living with people.
German cockroaches are much smaller in size than American cockroaches. They only grow up to about 1/2 an inch in length, while American cockroaches grow to between 1 and 1 1/2 inches. German cockroaches are tan with two dark parallel lines behind their heads, and American cockroaches are reddish-brown with a yellowish figure-eight marking on their heads. Cockroaches are dangerous pests and require a home pest management technician to effectively eradicate them from your home.
Are cockroaches dangerous?
Cockroaches are scavenging pests that live and feed in areas of decaying vegetation, excrement, and trash. As they travel, they pick up a wide variety of bacteria and pathogens on their body and legs. When cockroaches find their way into your home, they spread things to surfaces that cause illness, breathing difficulties, and other allergies. Food contamination is also a considerable concern when cockroaches are in our homes and businesses.
Why do I have a cockroach problem?
Cockroaches are some of the most frustrating pests for homeowners to deal with. Some of the biggest frustrations are listed below.
- There are multiple ways for them to enter our homes.
- They develop large populations.
- Cockroaches hide in dark, hard-to-reach areas of your home.
American cockroaches often find their way indoors after being attracted by moisture and food odors.
The German cockroach primarily lives inside of structures, so they are most likely to be transported from place to place by people in things like boxes, appliances, and pieces of secondhand furniture. They also move into adjoining units in multi-unit buildings through gaps in ceilings, wall voids, and vents.
Where will I find cockroaches?
Before you spot the cockroaches themselves, one of the most common signs of these pests in your home is discovering their ground pepper-like or rice-like droppings. The bigger the roach, the bigger their droppings will be. You'll find their droppings in drawers, on the floor, in pantries, and inside boxes.
Both American and German cockroaches are attracted to warm, damp areas of a home. Kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, utility closets, and cabinets under sinks are examples of places where cockroaches like to gather.
Since cockroaches are nocturnal until an infestation grows large enough that they may need to be active during the day to ensure they can find food, it can be easy to overlook their presence.
How do I get rid of cockroaches?
Residential or commercial pest removal services are the best way to handle cockroaches. At Shane's Pest Solutions, we are proud to say that we provide our customers with the best pest solutions in Coweta County. "From inspection to eradication," we are here for you. Whether you are looking to implement prevention measures or are currently in the middle of a pest infestation, we will provide you with the high-quality pest solutions in Newnan necessary to solve your property's unique pest issues.
Call today for your complimentary evaluation and estimate; we are here to help you solve your property's pest problems!
How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?
We have put together a quick list of things you can do to keep cockroaches out of your Georgia home and away from your family.
- Maintain a clean kitchen by wiping down surfaces, washing dirty dishes, and putting away leftover food every day.
- Repair leaky pipes and areas of poor ventilation that provide cockroaches with water sources and damp living conditions.
- Keep cockroaches out of your home by sealing cracks in exterior walls and placing covers over drains entering your home.
- Before bringing them inside, always inspect furniture, appliances, and cardboard boxes entering your home for cockroaches.
Contact us today to learn how these prevention tips, combined with our professional pest solutions, will provide you with a cockroach-free home!