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What brings cockroaches into your home?
The sight of a disgusting black cockroach skittering across your counter, sink, or floor is enough to send you running for a broom, shoe, or can of insect repellant. Everyone hates roaches, and for good reason. Cockroaches carry diseases (including salmonella, E.coli, and even parasites), give off unpleasant odors, aggravate allergies (especially in children), and ruin food. In cases of extreme infestation, they even bite!
Whether you have already found a cockroach in your home or are concerned about preventing a cockroach problem, keep reading. We’ll talk about why cockroaches enter your home, how to spot signs of an infestation, and how to get rid of this pest.
Why Cockroaches Come Into Your Home
How to Determine If Your Home Has a Cockroach Problem
There are many different species of cockroaches, but only a few are common to this region: the German cockroach, American cockroach, Oriental cockroach, and wood cockroach. American and German cockroaches are especially common.
All roaches have flat, oval bodies with a small head and six legs. Young roaches are pale, but they become darker in color as they mature. Each species of cockroach varies in size and color. Oriental roaches are black and 1-1.5 inches long. Male Oriental roaches have short wings, though they can't fly. Wood roaches are brown and 1-1.75 inches long. Like Oriental roaches, male wood roaches have wings; however, this type of roach can fly. German cockroaches are brown, with dark stripes behind the head, and about half an inch long. Finally, American cockroaches are reddish-brown, with wings, and up to a 1.5 inches long.
- Roach droppings, which will resemble pepper, coffee grounds, or oval pellets (often found in the kitchen and bathroom)
- The bodies of dead cockroaches
- Oval-shaped, brown egg casings (often found behind cabinets, furniture, and other hard-to-reach places)
- A pungent, oily or musty odor in your kitchen, bathroom, or other areas of your home
How to Get Rid of Cockroaches
- Put all food into your refrigerator or an airtight container after every meal
- Wipe up crumbs and spills immediately
- Clean under and behind cabinets and appliances regularly (especially the refrigerator)
- Take out the trash every day and seal the can with an airtight lid
- Use caulk to fill any gaps around the bathtub and sinks
- Fix any leaky pipes throughout the home
Call Us Today
For help handling your cockroach problem, call the experts at Scherzinger Termite and Pest Control. We're a trusted pest control company with more than 80 years of experience serving Cincinnati, Dayton, and Columbus, Ohio and Northern Kentucky. Contact us by phone at 1-877-748-9888 or via web inquiry, Facebook or Twitter.Authored By: Eric Scherzinger