What To Do If Roaches Move Into Your Home

So you’ve moved to the south and you’re loving it! Loving it, that is, until you notice you’re not living alone. Bugs love the heat and humidity that can be found in the south and roaches are among the happiest here. The south provides the perfect conditions for roaches to thrive but it doesn’t mean you have to tolerate them in your home.

When you have Bug N A Rug Exterminators on stand by, you won’t have to share your living quarters with any 4-, 6-, or 8-legged creatures (or worse!).

Are You Sure 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. German cockroaches can fit through an opening as small as 3/8″ wide!

German Cockroach

Let’s 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 Do 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 or commercial kitchen environments and bathrooms. Not being too particular, 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 with you to your next home or the homes of guests that have stayed with you. Their mode of transportation to new homes is via grocery bags, clothing, 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 Intolerable

They are a disgusting nuisance that nobody wants to see running across a kitchen counter. Ever! But it goes far beyond that! German cockroaches have been implicated in outbreaks of illness and allergic reactions in many people – adults and children both. 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.

Purge Your Home of Cockroaches

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

  • 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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