Cockroaches

Cockroach Identification & Prevention

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Cockroaches don't belong living with people. Learning about the cockroaches in our region helps you win the war against these unsavory pests. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Cockroaches

What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are large insects well-known for moving into our homes uninvited, scurrying across surfaces, and feasting on our stored foods. They are among the most hated pests homeowners wish to discover on their Atlanta Metro or Southeast Florida property. Their flat oval shape body allows them to move through tight spaces to find safe shelter and food sources. 

Other physical features include long thin legs and long antennae, and while most have wings, only a few fly, and those that do aren't great at it. 

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Cockroaches spend time in unsanitary places like trash cans, sewers, drains, and garbage piles. As they travel around, they naturally come into contact with things that can make us ill. 

Cockroaches pose a risk to human health and should not be ignored once they infiltrate our homes. Cockroaches are known to spread 33 different kinds of bacteria, seven human pathogens, and six parasitic worms. They spread their illnesses through their saliva, excrement, and the pathogens they have on their body and legs. 

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

Cockroaches are challenging to control and eliminate from our homes because they are adaptable. They are also resilient to many household pest control products that you can purchase at big box stores. To truly eliminate these pests, you need to partner with an experienced pest professional.

Cockroaches become a problem in our home after moving inside. They can move their flat bodies through very small cracks and crevices in a home's exterior. They regularly inhabit the gardens and trees surrounding our Georgia and Florida homes. 

Cockroaches also move into our homes by hitchhiking. These insects travel from structure to structure in things like deliveries, boxes, and secondhand furniture and appliances.

Once inside your home, they get straight to work feeding, breeding, and contaminating your house. 

Where will I find cockroaches?

Dark, warm, humid places are where most cockroaches like to live. 

The warm, humid weather in Southeast Florida and the Atlanta Metro region means that cockroaches can easily survive outdoors. You'll often find them behind tree bark and under mulch, logs, and containers like trash cans or compost bins. 

Inside houses, cockroaches like to remain hidden during the day and come out at night to forage for food. Wall voids, electrical outlets, the backs of drawers and cabinets, and spaces behind sinks and tubs are favorite hiding spots. If you spot cockroaches scurrying around your home during the day, there is a large infestation present, and you need to take swift action!

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

Cockroaches are a common pest problem in the southern United States. The best way to prevent cockroaches from moving into your home is to work with a local professional. 

We offer flexible, tailored pest control solutions at Squash A Bug Pest Control because we know everyone has unique pest control needs! We are dedicated to our customers and their safety and get rid of cockroaches and other household pests using eco-friendly pest control products. To learn more about working together to eliminate cockroaches and keep them from returning, reach out to us today!

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

Use the following prevention tips to reduce a cockroach's interest in your Georgia or Southeast Florida property.

  • Maintain proper food storage; never store food out on counters and tables.
  • Keep lids on trash cans inside and outside your home.
  • Keep outdoor eating areas free of food debris.
  • Regularly vacuum floors and wipe down surfaces to remove spills and crumbs.
  • Always inspect deliveries and secondhand items for cockroaches before bringing them inside.
  • Make sure your home has good ventilation to reduce humidity levels. 

Contact us today to learn more about controlling cockroaches through our residential or commercial pest control services

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