What To Do When Roaches Invade Your Home

While homes in the south provide the perfect conditions for roaches to thrive – heat and humidity – it doesn’t mean you have to tolerate having them in your home.

When you have exterminators like us on board, you won’t have to share your living quarters with any 4-, 6-, or 8-legged creatures (or worse!).

Do You Have Roaches?

Introducing the South’s most common species of Cockroach: The German Cockroach. These cockroaches can breed at a rate of up to six generations each year!

They’re agile too. These German cockroaches can fit through an opening as small as 3/8″ wide!

German Cockroach

How to Identify a German Cockroach

German cockroaches are light brown to tan in color with two dark, almost parallel, stripes located on their oval shaped backs just behind their heads. They have six legs, antennae and measure between ½” and 5/8″ long.

Where Cockroaches Live

These cockroaches prefer to live in warm, humid places that have easy access to food and moisture sources. They are frequently found in residential and commercial kitchen environments and bathrooms. They will feed on just about anything including soap, glue and toothpaste.

How Cockroaches Spread

German cockroaches are good at relocating from one place to another, both in your home and traveling away into your next home or the homes of guests that have stayed with you. They can travel to new homes via grocery bags, cardboard boxes, drink cartons, furniture, suitcases and secondhand appliances. They’re quiet travelers that hide out in the dark crevices of their vehicle of choice.

What Makes Them Beyond Bad

Let’s face it. If nothing else, they are a nuisance that nobody wants to see running across a kitchen counter (ewww!). But it goes far beyond that!

German cockroaches have been implicated in outbreaks of

illness and allergic reactions in many people – adults and children alike. They spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms and at least seven other kinds of human pathogens. They pick up germs on the spines of their legs and bodies as they crawl through decaying matter or sewage and then carry these into your stored food or onto food surfaces. Medical studies have shown that German cockroach allergens cause allergic reactions and can exacerbate asthma attacks, especially in children. The introduction of cockroaches into your home is not to be taken lightly.

Eradication of Cockroaches

To be proactive against an invasion of German cockroaches, it is important to practice good sanitation:

  • Vacuum Often
  • Wash Dishes soon after use
  • Keep a Spotless Kitchen
  • Seal all Entrances around Utility Pipes
  • Ventilate Crawl Spaces to prevent Moisture Build-up

If there is evidence of a cockroach infestation, contact us at Bug N A Rug Exterminators and we will come out to inspect and treat any cockroach problem you may have.

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