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Cockroaches In St. Louis: What Every Resident Should Know

December 13, 2021 - Cockroaches

Cockroaches can be a major problem for St. Louis residents, especially if they are left to grow out of control. Below, we discuss what every resident should know about these potentially dangerous pests.

Understanding Cockroaches

Oriental, American, and German cockroaches are species common to the St. Louis area. All of these cockroach varieties commonly invade homes and businesses in the area and can cause significant issues.

However, while many individuals understand that cockroaches are gross and unhygienic, it is not common knowledge that poor housekeeping is not the only factor in starting a cockroach infestation. A dirty, cluttered home provides more of what cockroaches love and easy food sources, but these pests can survive with very little; this means that virtually any home or building in the St. Louis area can become infested with these pests.

Signs Of A Cockroach Infestation

If you suspect that cockroaches have entered your home, you can keep an eye out for the following signs of a cockroach infestation:

  • Cockroach droppings are a major sign of an infestation. These typically look like small piles of coffee grounds or black pepper.
  • Smear marks left behind by cockroaches are another major sign of an infestation. These marks will be dark and found along walls, floors, or anywhere that cockroaches frequent.
  • You may find shed skins and dead cockroach bodies around your home or business if you have an infestation. Finding these typically indicates a serious problem. You may also find cockroach egg capsules lying around.
  • Cockroach droppings have a pheromone in them that causes a particular musty, damp smell. Having this odor throughout your home or business can indicate a major infestation.
  • Seeing live cockroaches is another sign of an infestation. You will typically see the roaches at night, as this is when they come out to scavenge food, and you will find them in places such as kitchens, bathrooms, and food storage areas.

Do Cockroaches Carry Diseases?

It is important to answer the question 'do cockroaches carry diseases?' to truly understand the dangers these pests bring. Unfortunately, cockroaches carry a significant amount of bacteria and illnesses on them because they often hang out in unsanitary places, such as sewers or dumpsters, before entering buildings. They will then spread these diseases across surfaces and contaminate food storage areas with them. Below, we list some of the diseases you may encounter when coming into contact with a cockroach.

  • Cholera
  • Dysentery
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Giardia
  • Listeriosis
  • Salmonellosis

Additionally, the discarded skins and carcasses of cockroaches will often trigger asthma, allergies, or other types of respiratory illnesses. You may find that the more widespread an infestation is, the more issues you have with breathing or allergies.

How To Get Rid Of Cockroaches

It can seem impossible to understand how to get rid of cockroaches due to the prolific nature of these pests and the dangers of directly interacting with a roach infestation when trying to eliminate them on your own. One of the best, most effective, and safest ways to get rid of cockroaches is to contact pest professionals at the first sign of a problem. Our experts at Roberts Pest Control will be able to eliminate any size infestation so that you can live completely cockroach-free.

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