If you see one cockroach, there are more.
An old restaurant adage says that for every cockroach you do see, there are hundreds more. The most common cockroach is the German cockroach. One cockroach egg hatches as many as 40 babies. One of the biggest difficulties with this cockroach type is the mother. It carries its eggs until they hatch. That makes them mobile cockroach factories capable of escaping poorly executed treatments. All told, a single female cockroach is capable of producing 30,000 offspring amongst her and her descendants in just one year. That’s why when you spot a cockroach, the best solution is to call a pest control expert from Anteater Exterminating Inc.
Where do cockroaches hide?
Roaches are excellent at hiding. They prefer places that are moist and dark. That’s why you’ll often find roaches in the kitchen. It offers a wide range of areas to hide, ready access to a water supply, and plenty of food to eat. If you suspect you have roaches, arm yourself. Grab a flashlight and take a closer look in the following areas:
- Check your ceiling while turning on the lights.
- Look at pipes beneath cabinets and in the basement.
- Investigate the crevices around furniture cushions.
- Bathroom sinks, tubs, and showers are common hiding places.
- Always check the kitchen in full. It has everything a roach is looking for.
- Lift up stacks of paper and cardboard, especially if wet.
- Pull out and up small appliances like toasters and coffee makers.
- Food cabinets and cupboards may also contain roaches.
- Crouch down and look beneath and around baseboards and molding.
- Roaches may be small so look closely around knick-knacks and decor.
The only other sign of cockroach other than finding one alive or dead is the presence of feces. This looks like coffee grounds. You’ll likely find it around feeding areas, so pay careful attention to dishes left overnight, food in cupboards, fruit left out, and other easily accessible food sources.
Are cockroaches dangerous?
They don’t typically bite, cannot sting, and do not have pincers. The main reason cockroach infestations have to be treated is because of bacteria, disease, and the biggest problem of all, dead cockroaches.
What diseases do cockroaches carry?
There are a variety of different bacteria and diseases spread by roaches. Because they are constantly leaving feces behind them in addition to regurgitating their food, you can imagine how quickly they can contaminate an area. Some of the most common problems they cause in humans include:
- Samonellosis (The Salmonella bacteria causes flu-like symptoms for up to a week.)
- Gastroenteritis (Typically caused by E-coli. Otherwise known as food poisonoing.)
- Staph bacteria (A resistant bacteria that causes skin disorders.)
How do dead cockroaches cause allergies?
The biggest problem with a roach infestation isn’t the living ones. The exoskeleton of dead roaches turns into a very fine powder after it decays. When this powder gets into air-circulation it can be breathed in by humans. That makes a roach infestation in a home with air condition especially problematic. Roach dust from roaches in the vents can easily move throughout an entire home. This dust is a known cause of allergies in children who have never experienced them before. In humans who already have allergies, it can cause them to worsen or even lead to an asthma attack in asthma sufferers.
How can I prevent a cockroach infestation?
Roaches are pretty basic creatures. They just want their core needs to be met. That means there are two critical ways you can prevent cockroaches.
Cut off a roaches food supply. You can do this by keeping your home or business tidy. Clean up all food scraps, wash your dishes regularly, don’t leave fruit out, and make sure dog food and other dry goods are sealed in air-tight containers.
Cut off a roaches water supply. Check your home for leaking pipes and areas of moisture. If you find any, take corrective actions to make sure these areas stay dry.
Do I need professional cockroach control?
If you’re asking yourself that question, the answer is likely, “Yes.” Our technicians will treat your home for roaches and help you identify and correct all of the areas that are making your home attractive to roaches. You don’t have to fight roaches alone. Just call or contact us today.