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How To Identify Cockroaches

There are three main species of cockroaches that can cause problems inside of homes and businesses. They include the American cockroach, the German cockroach, and the Oriental cockroach.

American cockroach
Reddish-brown in color, this roach has a unique yellow figure eight pattern located on the back of their head. They are the largest species to invade homes, growing up to 2 inches in length.

German cockroach
Light brown to tan in color, German roaches have two dark stripes on their back just behind their head.  Adults grow to be ½ to 5/8th of an inch in length. Although they have wings they seldom fly.

Oriental Cockroach
Shiny black in color, this type of cockroach grows to be about 1 inch in length. Females have a wide body with short wings, and the males have a narrow body with longer wings. Even thugh they have wings, none of them can fly.

Why Do I Have A Cockroach Problem?

Cockroaches enter into homes through cracks and crevices, and pipes and drains as they forage for food, moisture, and a warm environment to live in. Cockroaches also frequently enter into homes accidentally in packages, bags, furniture and even used appliances.

Are Cockroaches Dangerous?

Yes, cockroaches are dangerous.  Before entering into your house they were most likely traveling through and over garbage, excrement, and in sewers. Any bacteria that they picked up on their legs and bodies will be introduced into your home when they come in. Diseases that they transmit include Salmonella and other many other types of bacteria that can cause vomiting, fever, and diarrhea. The shed skins and excrement that these unwanted guests leave throughout your home can trigger severe asthma attacks in some people, especially in children and older adults.

How Do I Control Cockroaches?

Controlling a cockroach infestation is very difficult to accomplish on your own. In fact, it requires diligence and multiple treatments in most cases.  When you contact Russell's Pest Control for cockroach control, we'll evaluate the problem and recommend a plan of action to get rid of roaches.  While we don't offer one-time treatment for roaches, our home pest control programs offer relief from cockroaches and other pests that find their way inside.  We also offer commercial pest control services for cockroaches in restaurants and other commercial environments.  

Cockroach Prevention Tips

To help stop roaches from entering your home or business, we recommend the following pest prevention tips:

  • Store trash in sealed containers away from the exterior of the structure.  Don't overload dumpsters or allow crates and other trash to accumulate around it. 

  • Seal spaces around pipes or drains that enter your home.

  • Seal cracks and gaps in the foundation or elsewhere on the exterior of the structure.  

  • Keep the kitchen clean.

  • Correct ventilation issues and moisture prone areas. 

  • Inspect packages, boxes and used items for signs of cockroaches before bringing them into your environment.

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