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How To Tell If You Have Roaches In Your St. Louis Home

August 13, 2021 - Cockroaches

Cockroaches have been around since recorded history. Some species of cockroaches have been a problem for a long time. Cockroaches can enter your home as hitchhikers in groceries, plants, feed sacks, wood, or practically anything else you bring in your home from outside it.

Description Of Cockroaches

Cockroaches are flat, brown bugs that move very quickly. They have six legs, long whip-like antennae, and wings (except for wood cockroaches). Most cockroaches don’t fly much, but they can glide down off counters and other high surfaces. Cockroaches are nocturnal, preferring to hide in cracks during the day. In fact, if you see a cockroach during the day, you almost certainly have an infestation in your house.

Lifecycle Of Cockroaches

Cockroaches form an egg case, called an ootheca, and lay 18-30 eggs in it. The ootheca looks like a kidney bean. Most species stick it near food or out of danger. The German cockroach carries hers until the eggs hatch. A female can produce 4-20 of these in a lifetime, depending on what species it is. When the eggs hatch, a pale, wingless, cockroach nymph emerges. As they molt while growing, the nymph turns darker and darker in color. After the last molt, they have wings and are an adult.

Signs Of Cockroaches

Because cockroaches are nocturnal, you may not see them for some time. There are a few signs that you have them in your house, such as:

  • Small black feces that look like pepper under the sink in kitchens or bathrooms 
  • Discarded egg cases, molted skins, dead cockroaches 
  • A musty, unpleasant odor 
  • Greasy smears along paths the cockroaches take frequently 

Cockroaches Are Dangerous

Cockroaches will eat most things, including garbage, stored food, feces, grease, food scraps, hair, paper, and dead animals or plant material. As they crawl through food, food-preparation spaces, and food utensils, they can leave in their wake salmonellosis, typhoid fever, cholera, gastroenteritis, dysentery, listeriosis, giardia, and E. coli infection.

In addition, the dried egg cases, molted skins, urine, and feces become dust in the room. When inhaled, they worsen asthma and allergies for the people who breathe them. Children with asthma who live in places with cockroaches are especially hard hit. They are hospitalized more frequently than kids with asthma who do not live where roaches are present.

Prevent Cockroach Infestations

Here are some things you can do to prevent cockroaches from infesting your home:

  • Inspect any plants, wood, food, or other things from outside your house to detect and eliminate any cockroach hitchhikers. 
  • Clean up food spills promptly. 
  • Keep trash in a trashcan with a tight lid. 
  • Put food in roach-proof metal or plastic containers. 
  • Pick up pet food at night. 
  • Fix any water leaks or damp spots in your house. 
  • Caulk cracks or crevasses in the foundation and walls of your house. 
  • Caulk around pipes, electrical wires, and cables as they enter your home. 
  • Clean up clutter inside the home.

Get Help With Cockroaches

Getting rid of cockroaches in St. Louis is surprisingly difficult. They wedge themselves in such small cracks that most pesticides do not penetrate. They also have some resistance to common over-the-counter control products. If you have roaches, get professional help getting rid of them. Roberts Pest Control can help. We use safe and effective products that will not harm your family or pets.

Call us for your free estimate and to schedule an inspection. After we inspect your home, we can tell you exactly what cockroaches are present and how they are getting in. We then treat your home inside and out. Finally, we will return every 60 days to renew your outside treatment so cockroaches can’t get inside. Call Roberts Pest Control today to get rid of your cockroaches. We also offer commercial pest control for St. Louis businesses.

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