Cockroach Identification & Prevention

What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are a pest that no home or business owner wants to discover inside of their structure. These ancient insects are highly adaptable and, unfortunately, some species have adapted to living with people. In general, cockroaches have oval-shaped bodies that range in color from tan to black. They have six legs and long antennae; most species have wings, but most are not great at flying, and many can’t fly at all.

There are many thousands of species of cockroaches that live worldwide; most are harmless when they live outside and away from people. They are an important part of the Eco-system and help to break-down decaying matter. However, the handful of roach species that have come to rely on people for some of their food and shelter needs are unwanted and dangerous pests.

cockroach on a windowsill

In Utah, American cockroaches, Oriental cockroaches, brown-banded cockroaches, and German cockroaches are the species that invade our homes and businesses – causing problems for both people and our properties.

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Cockroaches are dangerous and should never be allowed to live inside of our homes or businesses.

  • Cockroaches spread diseases, human pathogens, and parasites. They cause respiratory problems in people, especially in young children.

  • Roach feces and their shed skins trigger asthma attacks and allergies.

  • Roaches spread things that cause gastric problems, including salmonellosis, dysentery, and gastroenteritis.

  • Cockroaches damage personal items; they will chew through and stain clothing, walls, curtains, and more.

  • Roaches contaminate food and surfaces with their saliva and excrement.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

Cockroaches are opportunistic pests and will take advantage of any access to food or water that they find. Roaches are active throughout the entire year. A cockroach infestation can occur at any time in any home or business. Cockroaches are difficult pests to avoid – finding their way indoors while foraging for food, escaping harsh weather, or after hitchhiking in inside of bags, boxes, deliveries, furniture, or electronics. Roaches looking to move inside of our homes or businesses usually gain access through cracks in the foundation, spaces under or around doors or windows, or through vents or drains.

Things like standing water, high humidity levels, and lots of access to food attract cockroaches to a property. Roaches forage for food in trash cans, recycling bins, compost areas, outdoor eating areas, or our pet’s food bowls.

Where will I find cockroaches?

Depending on their species, cockroaches prefer to live in warm, humid locations or places that are warm and dry. Below is a description of where our area’s most common species of cockroaches prefer to live.

  • American cockroaches like to live outside in gardens, on trees, and areas under mulch. While out foraging for food, they often find their way inside our homes. They usually enter at ground level living in basements, bathrooms, and kitchens.

  • German cockroaches prefer to live inside and are a common pest problem in urban areas. They live together in large numbers in warm, humid areas like kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry rooms. German cockroaches invade homes, restaurants, and any other structure where food is prepared or stored.

  • Oriental cockroaches love damp areas, and are often called “water bugs.” Outside, they live near sewers and drains, under mulch, and under leaves and other debris that trap moisture. Inside, these moisture-loving roaches live in crawl spaces, around sinks and toilets, in damp basements, and cabinets under sinks.

  • Brown-banded cockroaches mainly live indoors, preferring warm, dry locations. They live in the upper cabinets of kitchens and bathrooms, or under furniture. Other areas where these roaches hide include the inside of clocks, picture frames, and electronics.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

Get rid of cockroaches with the help of the professionals at Premier Pest Control. Our professionals go above and beyond to meet the needs of all our customers. Trust our customized pest control services to eliminate current pest problems and prevent them from returning.

We are a local, family-owned company dedicated to exceeding expectations and treating every home like it’s our own. To learn more about protecting your Washington County, Iron County, or Beaver County, Utah home or business from cockroaches, reach out to Premier Pest Control today!

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

Prevent problems with cockroaches the easy way by partnering with Premier Pest Control! It is also important to implement the following prevention tips to avoid problems with cockroaches:

  • Use caulk to repair cracks in the foundation and exterior walls of your home.

  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors.

  • Repair any loose door or window screens.

  • Place weatherstripping around windows and doors.

  • Use a dehumidifier to keep the basement dry.

  • Keep tight-fitting lids on trash cans and compost bins.

  • Leave a barrier between any mulch or soil and your home’s foundation.

  • Maintain outdoor eating areas and keep them free of food debris.

  • Ventilate crawlspaces.

  • Fix leaky pipes or dripping faucets.

  • Remove areas of standing water in or around your home.

 

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