What are cockroaches?
Cockroaches are invasive, persistent insects that regularly find their way into our Connecticut structures. Our homes and businesses provide cockroaches with a place to live that offers a suitable environment and puts them in close contact with food and water.
One of the most common cockroach species to invade spaces where people live and work is the German cockroach. These cockroaches are tan or brownish bodies with two dark lines on their backs. They are winged but don’t fly. Instead, they use their six-spine-covered legs to sprint from place to place. Like other cockroaches, their body is flat and oval-shaped, which allows them to squeeze into almost any tight crack or crevice. At the first sign of cockroaches in your home, implement immediate home pest control measures to get them out!
Are cockroaches dangerous?
If there is a pest that poses significant health risks when inside our Connecticut home, it is the cockroach. These pests are scavengers that regularly come into contact with decaying organic debris. These insects carry many different viruses, bacteria, and parasites on their legs and body and in their saliva and excrement.
After moving into a home, they contaminate food and surfaces with invisible pathogens that can make people quite ill. Gastrointestinal problems are associated with cockroach infestations as they spread things like Salmonella, E. Coli, and dysentery.
A cockroach infestation also produces high numbers of allergens. Skin rashes, cold symptoms, and exacerbated asthma symptoms can result from cockroaches finding a way into your home.
Why do I have a cockroach problem?
Cockroaches are so problematic in our homes because once they find their way inside, they are incredibly difficult to eliminate. Their prolific breeding habits and ability to communicate through their pheromones mean that even just a couple of cockroaches getting into your home is a recipe for disaster.
If you ever see a cockroach in your house, you need to understand that there are many more lurking nearby you aren’t seeing. Some cockroaches enter our homes from the outside as they move around and search for moisture and food sources. In the case of the German cockroach, they move by hitchhiking. They crawl into boxes, bags, pieces of furniture, appliances, and electronics and move from place to place with the help of people.
Cockroaches are also quite problematic in multi-unit buildings like apartment buildings, where they cause chaos by crawling through walls, floors, and ceilings.
Where will I find cockroaches?
Cockroaches are opportunistic and live wherever their basic needs are met. Wherever there is easy access to moisture, food, and dark, quiet hiding spots, cockroaches will take advantage. Many species can survive outside, especially in warmer areas of the country, but others like the German cockroach have adapted to living indoors with people.
If you discover small cockroaches inside your home, they are most likely to be German cockroaches. German cockroaches hang out in damp, warm areas, with kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and utility rooms being preferred hangouts. Some of their favorite hiding spots include:
- The backs of drawers and cabinets
- Spaces behind wooden trim
- Behind appliances and cabinets
- Under sinks
- In cracks in walls and floors
- Inside electrical outlets
- Corrugated cardboard boxes
If you are concerned that German cockroaches have found their way into your home, reach out to us for help. If cockroaches are in your home, we will find, treat, and eliminate them!
How do I get rid of cockroaches?
Trust the local professionals at Tim's Pest Control to provide you with the regular pest control services necessary to prevent cockroaches from finding their way into and taking over your Connecticut home. We understand how unsettling it is for homeowners to deal with these pests and provide fast action.
We are a family-owned and operated company and take great pride in providing our customers with high-quality services. Our professionals cater to the individual needs of all our customers and offer a choice of bi-weekly, bi-monthly, quarterly, seasonal, or semi-annual services. To discover more about our residential and commercial cockroach control options, or to find out if you live in our Connecticut service area, please call us today!
How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?
There are several things you can do in and around your home to avoid problems with cockroaches:
- Place screens over vents and drain entering into your home.
- Inspect secondhand items for cockroaches.
- Address moisture issues by using dehumidifiers and air conditioners and repairing leaky pipes.
- Practice proper food storage.
- Regularly inspect your home's exterior for defects and make repairs as needed.
When it comes to preventing and eliminating cockroaches, nothing is better than partnering with a professional. Reach out today to learn how we can work together to guard your home against cockroaches and other common household pests!