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Why Are The Roaches In St. Louis So Hard To Get Rid Of?

October 15, 2021 - Cockroaches

Cockroaches are common home and business invading pests that have a reputation worldwide for the problems they cause people. In St. Louis, you might have to deal with several species of cockroaches, the most common of which is the German cockroach, the most common roach in the world.

German Cockroach

    • 1/2 to 5/8 of an inch long
    • Light brown to tan with two black stripes behind their head
    • Wings and can fly, but rarely do

Oriental Cockroach

    • 1 inch long
    • Shiny black to a reddish-brown color
    • Cannot fly

Brown-Banded Cockroach

    • 1/2 of an inch long
    • Brown with light brown banding on their wings
    • Males can fly, but females have underdeveloped wings and cannot fly

American Cockroach

    • 1-1/4 to 2-1/8 inches long
    • Reddish-brown with a yellowish figure-eight pattern on their head
    • Can fly short distances

If you want to get a sense of just how bad cockroaches are, here is a quick fact for you, they can live a week without their head, only dying of dehydration and hunger. Do you need anymore more reason to understand cockroaches and what to do if they infest your property?

Cockroaches: Gross Vs. Dangerous

It is pretty well established that cockroaches are a gross pest, but most people don’t know just how disgusting they are, living in places such as dumpsters and sewers. This makes their “grossness” dangerous because they pick up pathogens in these locations, spreading them when they enter a home or business.

Problems cockroaches cause include, but are not limited to:

  • Spreading pathogens such as E. Coli, cholera, salmonella, giardiasis, dysentery, gastroenteritis, typhoid fever, and more
  • Creating a musty and unpleasant odor in your home
  • Causing allergies with shed skin and carcasses
  • Damaging belongings and spreading bacteria with feces and urine
  • Damaging belongings by eating everything from clothing, paper, flooring, and more
  • Contaminating surfaces and food

When it comes to cockroaches, seeing just a few of them in your home is cause for concern and should not be taken lightly. Cockroaches in your home will put you and your family at risk.

Cockroaches: Getting Rid Of Them

Cockroaches are formidable pests for many reasons. One of these reasons is how difficult they are to get rid of. Once cockroaches infest a home or business, you don’t only have to worry about what damage and diseases they will cause, but how you will remove them too.

Cockroaches are difficult to get rid of because they:

  • Are becoming increasingly more resistant to conventional pesticides
  • Can live a week without water and a month without eating 
  • Have a fast reproduction and life cycle
  • Are great at hiding, are nocturnal, and fast
  • Can hold their breath for forty minutes

If you have cockroaches in your home, you shouldn’t try to get rid of them on your own. Simply spraying cockroaches with a pesticide won’t get the job done. To effectively get rid of an infestation, you need to locate the entry points, what factors are attracting them, and where they are hiding. A cockroach infestation should be left to professionals to take care of.

Professional Cockroach Control

The best way to protect you and your family from the dangers of cockroaches is with professional help. If you live in St. Louis, you should contact the experts at Roberts Pest Control. We offer home pest control solutions that will effectively remove any cockroach infestation from your home and keep them from coming back. Don’t hesitate to call us at Robert Pest Control at the first sign of cockroaches on your St. Louis property. We also offer trusted commercial pest management services.

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