10 Quick & Easy Cockroach Control Tips For Wilmington Property Owners
September 10, 2020
If you’ve ever seen a cockroach crawling around your Wilmington home or business, you likely know just how gross they look. Given the disgusting appearance of cockroaches, it isn’t that surprising that they are also an unsanitary pest.
While you probably know that cockroaches can contaminate food and have something to do with diseases, you might not realize just how dangerous these small pests can be. Their ability to carry and transmit a wide variety of pathogens makes them one of the more harmful pests in the area.
While cockroaches are abundant in many places in the world, and there are thousands of species, there are only four species that you’re likely to encounter in Wilmington. Each looks different, but their ability to carry diseases is the same.
Here is a list of common area cockroaches:
- American cockroach: This is the largest species in the area as they can reach up to three inches long. They are a reddish-brown color and have a yellow figure-eight pattern behind their heads.
- German cockroach: These cockroaches are usually tan or light brown, but the best way to tell them from other species is by the two black parallel lines behind their heads.
- Oriental cockroach: The oriental cockroach has a very beetle-like appearance which is why they are often known as the black beetle or water bug. They are jet-black and glossy.
- Brown-banded cockroach: This species is on the smaller side, and they are a tan or brown color with distinctive bands on their wings.
Can Cockroaches Really Be That Dangerous?
It’s probably safe to say that you don't enjoy having any pests around your property and that a bed bug infestation can make your home feel unclean. However, while most insects aren’t particularly dangerous or full of germs, cockroaches are one of the worst.
Cockroaches contaminate food and food preparation surfaces just like many other pests. Their bodies are often full of pathogens that they pick up by living in places like garbage dumps and sewers. In the home, they tend to reside in damp areas like kitchens and bathrooms.
The scary thing about their presence is that cockroaches transmit upwards of 35 different diseases. While not all cockroaches will get you sick, the risks are high enough that they can’t be ignored. Some of the illnesses that cockroaches spread include: E. coli, cholera, dysentery, gastroenteritis, and typhoid fever. They can also cause allergic reactions and trigger asthma attacks
10 Ways To Prevent Cockroaches
Since cockroaches pose so many health risks, it’s extremely important to know how to prevent them and to take these steps. We’ve put together a list of some of the quickest and easiest cockroach prevention tips that can help reduce the likelihood that you'll have an infestation.
- Fix leaky pipes and faucets.
- Use dehumidifiers.
- Keep basements and crawl spaces well-ventilated.
- Make sure window and door screens don’t have rips or tears.
- Put weather stripping around your doors and windows.
- Declutter often.
- Sweep and vacuum regularly.
- Keep your drains cleaned.
- Make sure that doors and windows fit tightly in their frames.
- Place the door sweeps on exterior doors.
The Best Cockroach Control Plan
Going through and taking the steps on the list above is a great way to deter cockroaches, but these prevention steps can only go so far. The best way to protect your property from cockroaches is to work with the experts at Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators. We have been solving North Carolina’s pest problems for over 20 years, and we will get rid of cockroaches and keep them from returning. Just give us a call today to get started.