What are cockroaches?
Cockroaches are insects that live worldwide and are well-known to people. We all know that cockroaches are pests that we absolutely don’t want to find a way into our St. Louis homes. Cockroaches are disease-spreading scavengers that weasel their way into our residential and commercial properties to take advantage of the food, water, and warm shelter they provide.
While there are several different species of cockroaches that often choose to live inside with us, the German cockroach is the most common species to live indoors with people. German cockroaches are small roaches that are light brown to tan in color with two horizontal dark stripes behind their heads. These roaches don’t fly, but they do move quickly across surfaces using their six legs. Their small size and fast movements make these pests formidable opponents.
Are cockroaches dangerous?
It is common for people to notice a pest problem and not be concerned or ignore their presence for a while. Cockroaches are not pests that you should ignore; they are more than nuisances to have in your home; they are dangerous.
Cockroaches are unhygienic pests that carry a variety of human pathogens, bacteria, and parasites on their bodies and legs and in their saliva and feces that are a health threat to people. As these scavengers move around your St. Louis home, they spread harmful pathogens over kitchen and bathroom counters, food, pantry shelves, and more.
Cockroaches are also a cause for concern because as they grow, they shed their exoskeletons. The exoskeletons and their coffee-ground-like feces inside a home trigger allergies and asthma attacks in those susceptible, like young children.
Why do I have a cockroach problem?
No matter how neat and tidy your home may be and how much you clean, a cockroach infestation could still develop. Cockroaches will take advantage of any crumbs or sticky spills that they find under a toaster oven, behind the stove, or under the refrigerator.
The reason that most cockroaches are in your house is that you unintentionally introduced them. Cockroaches like to stow away and hitchhike from place to place in things like bags, boxes, large appliances, pieces of furniture, and deliveries.
German cockroaches live primarily inside our homes and businesses, so hitchhiking is their main mode of transportation. Other species of cockroaches live outside but sometimes move into our homes through spaces they come across in the exterior when reacting to moisture and food odors, which are huge attractants for cockroaches.
Cracks in the foundation, gaps around windows and doors, and spaces around pipes or wires provide entry points for cockroaches.
Where will I find cockroaches?
When cockroaches live in our homes, they live in areas that provide them with easy access to food and water. Damp, humid areas are most their preferred environment. Kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and attics provide daytime hiding spots for these nocturnal pests.
Some favorite hiding spots include:
- Areas around drains and sump pumps.
- Behind or in the motors of refrigerators and other large appliances.
- Behind wood trim.
- Inside of wall voids.
- Behind baseboards.
- Inside upholstered furniture.
- Behind sinks and tubs.
- In cabinets under kitchen or bathroom sinks.
How do I get rid of cockroaches?
If you ever discover cockroaches in or around your home, immediately reach out for professional help. These pests can grow their populations very quickly, and fast action is a must!
At Roberts Pest Control, our highly trained pest professionals know how to find and accurately identify the cockroaches living inside or outside of your house. We will quickly get to the bottom of your cockroach infestation, provide effective treatments, and put into place the routine services needed to keep them from re-infesting.
To have your St. Louis pest control solutions met, partner with the company that offers common-sense solutions; partner with Roberts Pest Control! If you live in the St. Louis area and want to learn more about our residential or commercial pest control solutions, please give us a call today!
How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?
Take the time to make changes around your St. Louis yard and home to make it less attractive to cockroaches and help prevent problems with these unwanted and unwelcome pests.
Below is a list of our most helpful cockroach prevention tips.
- Take away as much access to food and moisture in and around your home as possible.
- Keep lids on trash cans and recycling bins.
- Pick up food that your pets do not each evening.
- Regularly wash dishes and keep counters and tables wiped down and free of crumbs.
- Vacuum your floors regularly, not forgetting the areas behind furniture and large appliances.
- Quickly repair leaky pipes and faucets.
- Make sure your kitchen and bathrooms are correctly ventilated.
- Place covers over vents and drains and seal spaces around utility entry and exit points to make it more difficult for cockroaches to move into and around your home.