Eliminating Cockroaches For Good: A Comprehensive Approach For Atlanta Homes

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Atlanta, Georgia, is one of the South's most lively, entertaining cities. Beyond its bustling urban center, it has plenty of green areas, quaint neighborhoods, and a diverse, multi-cultural population. Not only is Atlanta's population diverse, but its pest population, particularly its cockroach population, is varied, so it's crucial to have exceptional cockroach pest control professionals nearby.


Types Of Cockroaches: Identifying Common Species


Most cockroaches thrive in warm, humid weather, and Atlanta has both. The vast number of cockroach species that frequent the area and invade homes is a testament to Atlanta's accommodating climate.


German cockroaches are the "small fries" of the cockroach world and the most common species worldwide. Their oval bodies grow from 1/2 to 5/8 of an inch long. Just behind their heads, they typically have two parallel lines running down their backs; they also have wings but rarely fly.


American cockroaches are considered the "big boys" of the cockroach world. Their oval bodies grow between 1 1/4 to 2 1/8 inches long. They have reddish-brown bodies and a pale figure-eight outline at the back of the head; they also have wings and can fly short distances.


Oriental cockroaches often head indoors to seek relief from hot days. Their oval bodies grow about one inch long, and their coloration is typically dark reddish-brown to shiny black. They don't have wings, so they never take flight.


Atlanta is home to multiple species of cockroaches, and once they get into a home, they are hard to get out. Fortunately, Squash A Bug Pest Control is a cockroach control company that can quickly formulate an effective removal plan.


The Health Risks of American Cockroaches: Allergies And Diseases


Cockroaches are some of the dirtiest bugs on the planet. They spend their lifetime crawling through the filth of this world. When these grimy bugs enter a home, they bring the pathogens they picked up indoors.


Some of the health risks associated with cockroach infestations include:


  • Bacteria (33 different types)

  • Parasitic worms (6 different kinds)

  • Human pathogens (at least 7 types)


As cockroaches run across surfaces or rest on food, they can transfer germs to humans. Diseases caused by cockroaches include listeriosis, dysentery, salmonellosis, gastroenteritis, cholera, E. coli infection, giardia, and typhoid fever. Additionally, their feces, saliva, and urine contain allergen proteins that can lead to asthma and allergy complications, especially in children. With the possibility of these potential health hazards coming into your home, it is vital to rely on a cockroach removal company like Squash A Bug Pest Control to keep them out.


Expert Cockroach Elimination: Call In The Pros Right Away


Cockroaches can "take a lickin' and keep on tickin'." They are one of the most resilient pests in the world, so partnering with a pest control company like Squash A Bug is vital. Our mid-size company is family and veteran-owned, and our average technician has 10 to 20 years of experience. We use high-quality, customized pest-control solutions to solve even the most complex issues. Homeowners who need expert cockroach elimination should call Squash A Bug Pest Control today for a free quote on our cockroach control services.


Cockroach Prevention: Proactive Tips To Prevent Infestations


House cockroach prevention requires a proactive approach. Homeowners who incorporate simple everyday techniques can do much to deter cockroaches from making themselves at home in local homes.


Keeping kitchen areas clean by wiping up spills quickly, keeping crumbs to a minimum, and resisting the urge to leave dirty dishes in the sink can help eliminate cockroach visits. Regularly cleaning garbage bins and storing foods in airtight containers also helps. Cleaning countertops (even under appliances), sweeping, and mopping can also remove cockroach temptations. 


Since moisture is another big attractant for cockroaches, homeowners should use dehumidifiers to dry high-moisture rooms like crawl spaces and basements. Watching for water leaks and drips (especially in kitchens and bathrooms) is also helpful in cockroach prevention.


Proactive DIY strategies for cockroach prevention are wise but don't always work. If and when cockroaches get indoors, it's good to know there's a cockroach removal expert like Squash A Bug Pest Control nearby who can help.

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