What Are Cockroaches?
Cockroaches are active pests in homes and businesses in Ohio. While they rarely just pass through your home, it can certainly be possible. However, it is far safer to assume the presence of these pests is a sign of serious infestation. Cockroaches are insects that can measure over two inches long in adulthood. Here around the Akron area, we typically suffer from infestations of one of these four species:
- German Cockroaches
- American Cockroaches
- Oriental Cockroaches
- Wood Cockroaches
Are cockroaches dangerous?Cockroaches have been thought of as dangerous insects for some time. While they cannot gain access to our blood or pierce human skin, these pests can still spread illnesses through their contamination of food items. Roaches carry a wide variety of pathogens on their bodies and spread them from place to place simply by crawling on surfaces. While eating, cockroaches deposit pathogens, parasite eggs, and other germs into the items they consume, which may cause humans and their pets to become extremely ill, even to the point of hospitalization.
Why do I have a cockroach problem?
You may have developed a cockroach problem for one of three reasons:
- There are easily exploitable entry points around the house. These openings may include cracks around doors, gaps in windows, or even splits around concrete foundations.
- There is a large amount of food sitting inside or outside the house. Food can take the form of leftovers, scraps, trash, or even unturned compost piles.
- There is a considerable amount of humidity inside the home. Humidity can significantly impact the amount of pest breeding that goes on for roaches and many other insect species.
Even if you have not set out to attract cockroaches, some of your home's internal factors could be contributing to their growing populations.
Where will I find cockroaches?
In the wild, cockroaches prefer to hang around refuse piles, fallen leaves, or other dead organic material. If given the opportunity, they would choose to stay in areas that receive little human attention.
Indoors, you may find cockroaches in almost any location, with a special emphasis on bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, and pantries. The vast majority of species prefer to hide in dark, damp, cluttered spaces that see infrequent activity.
How do I get rid of cockroaches?
Many homeowners use DIY cockroach prevention steps to keep pests far away from the inside of their homes. However, these steps do not account for previously established infestations. Cockroach problems are rarely solved with home remedies alone. Should there be an infestation near your home, you may need to consider more professional options.
The highly qualified team at Epcon Lane Pest Control has everything you need to eliminate cockroach problems in your home, business, or neighborhood. Serving the people of Akron and throughout various pest control service areas in Northeast Ohio since 1945, we can address any cockroach species using our professional-strength treatment methods. Call today to learn more about cockroach treatment from Epcon Lane Pest Control.
How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?
Keep dangerous pests like German, American, oriental, and wood cockroaches out of the house by following these helpful tips:
- Store all garbage in its proper location. Waste items should be immediately thrown away and kept off the counters.
- Wash dirty dishes as frequently as possible. If you cannot wash them by hand, consider running them in the dishwasher using a heat dry function.
- Perform a deep clean of the home to ensure that attractant factors for cockroach species remain low. For additional cockroach inspections, reach out to Epcon Lane Pest Control.