Cockroach Identification

What are cockroaches?

There are over 4,000 species of cockroaches worldwide. Most live outside and away from people and are beneficial, helping to break down decaying matter, releasing nutrients back into the soil. However, the handful of species that live near people are dangerous and unwanted pests.

cockroach resting on plant leaf

Cockroaches vary in size, shape, and color, but all have a few of the same physical features. Cockroaches have flattened, oval-shaped bodies, six legs, and antennae that are about the same length or longer than their bodies. Some species have wings, while others do not. Whether they have wings or not, most cockroaches do not fly and instead scurry from place to place. Cockroaches are nocturnal, hiding during the day and becoming active at night to search for food. 

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Cockroaches spread salmonella and other bacteria that cause fever, vomiting, and diarrhea, making them a dangerous pest to have in any home or business. Also, many people are allergic to their shed skins and feces, which trigger asthma attacks, especially in young children.

In addition to the health risks they pose, cockroaches contaminate food and damage personal items like upholstered furniture, clothing, curtains, and bedding with their excrement and feeding habits.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

Cockroaches are scavengers and will find their way onto any property that offers them places to forage for food. Trash, compost, pet food, and outdoor eating areas all attract foraging cockroaches. Once feeding on your property, it is likely that they will find their way inside through openings in your structure’s exterior walls while searching for food. Cockroaches also hitchhike their way into homes and businesses inside deliveries, packages, upholstered furniture, or used appliances. 

Where will I find cockroaches?

Cockroaches live happily in both indoor and outdoor locations, usually choosing warm, damp areas. Outside, roaches live in flower beds, behind tree bark, under woodpiles, under mulch, around trash cans, and in sewers. Inside they choose areas that are near food sources and that tend to have higher humidity levels, such as kitchens, basements, bathrooms, and crawl spaces. 

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

Eliminate cockroaches from your home or business with the help of the professionals at Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators. Trying to tackle pest problems on your own is difficult, time-consuming, and ineffective.

For over two decades, Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators has solved pest problems for home and business owners throughout Pender, Brunswick, and New Hanover counties in North Carolina. Our qualified and dedicated staff solve local pest problems using the latest products, techniques, and pest control services. To start maintaining a cockroach-free home or business, reach out to Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators today!

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

Keep cockroaches out of your Wilmington, NC home with the help of Bug-N-A-Rug Exterminators and the following cockroach prevention tips.

  • Seal up any potential entry points in the roofline, foundation, and exterior walls.

  • Fix any leaky pipes and fixtures.

  • Dry out basements using dehumidifiers.

  • Ventilate your crawl spaces.

  • Make sure outdoor trash cans and compost bins have tight lids.

  • Store all food, including pet food, in airtight containers or the refrigerator.

  • Wash dishes and remove trash from your home regularly.

  • Eliminate clutter from your house where cockroaches can hide.

 

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