Cockroach Problems? You’re Not Alone
Cockroaches are one of the world’s oldest insects dating back 200 million years through fossil records. Cockroaches have wings, six legs, and two antennae. A Cockroach likes to eat sweet and floury foods and hang out in dark, wet places. A cockroach can survive a month or more without food, but less than two weeks without water.
There are two species of Cockroaches in the United States: the American Cockroach and the German Cockroach. The American Cockroach has reddish-brown wings and light marks. It can grow to be 1 1/2 inches long. The German Cockroach is between a 1/2 and 5/8th of an inch long and is light brown with two dark stripes down its back.
These creatures are one of the most commonly noted household pests, and we frequently receive calls for help with cockroach extermination. They feed on human and pet food, and can leave an offensive odor. They can also passively transport microbes on their body surfaces including those that are potentially dangerous to humans and environments such as hospitals. Cockroach infestations have been shown to be linked with allergic reactions in humans. Sanitation is the most important factor in cockroach extermination efforts. Eliminating their food and water sources around their nesting environment will help in their control.
How to Prevent Cockroach Problems
- Do not allow for dirty dishes to accumulate in the sink
- Keep food scraps in the refrigerator or in containers with tight-fitting lids
- Keep the pet food in tightly sealed containers and do not allow food to remain in the bowls overnight
- Remove garbage from the home on a routine basis.
- Keep garbage outside containers covered
- Every so often check and clean the evaporation pan under the refrigerator or freezer.
- Check the area between the stove and cabinet, where grease and food scraps often accumulate.
- Pull the stove out periodically and clean thoroughly.
Identification of the infesting insect is crucial to successful cockroach extermination and follow up management. Knowledge of their preferences and nesting characteristics of each species will help to provide more accurate and effective control, that’s why calling Catseye Pest Control if you think you have a problem is so important. Our licensed and trained professionals will inspect your home and assess what we can do to help resolve the problem!