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What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are some of the most common pests that invade homes. They are often found in kitchens, bathrooms, and basements, but they can also be found in other areas of a home.

Roaches have flat bodies and long antennae as well as six legs that allow them to scurry around quickly.

It is estimated that up to 3/4ths of all homes in America have cockroaches living inside them! Cockroaches come from a family called Blattidae, which contains more than 4500 species.

These insects feed on garbage and food leftovers which is why they're always looking for crumbs on the floor or countertop.

Cockroach infestations are disgusting and should be dealt with promptly so you can get back to living your life! Below you will find a list of some of the most common species of roaches.

American cockroach - They are 1.4" to 1.6" long but can grow to more than 2 inches in length. They have a yellow-brown body with a flat, oval-shaped body and a tan stripe across their back.

Australian cockroach - These roaches are often confused with American cockroaches, but they're actually a bit smaller. Adults can measure between 1.2 and 1.5 inches long.

Australian roaches are light-brown in color, have a black spot or shape on their pronotum.

Smoky brown cockroach - They can grow up to 38 millimeters long and they’re typically shiny brownish-black in color. Both males and females have a full set of wings and they are both strong fliers.

Oriental cockroach – Oriental cockroaches live in moist areas like drains and sewers, which is why they are often called water bugs. It is dark brown or black in color, with a glossy body.

German cockroach -This is the most common roach to invade homes and businesses. Small and quickly scurrying, the German cockroach has a tan or light brown body with black stripes behind their heads.

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Cockroaches Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Are Cockroaches dangerous?

Cockroaches are a real problem for people. They can spread communicable diseases, reproduce at an astonishing rate. Outside the roaches live and feed in dirty habitats. They then move into our homes, carrying a variety of bacteria on their legs and other parts of their body.

Once inside they contaminate food and surfaces with their saliva and excrement. In addition, they make your home an unpleasant and unhealthy place by shedding their skin on the floor or releasing piles of feces. This can aggravate allergies and asthma in children.

Roaches also secrete a substance that stains surfaces and creates such an awful smell. They destroy fabrics and paper products of all kinds.

When startled cockroaches scatter, but they can bite while trying to feed on your dead skin cells when you're sleeping.

Why do I have a Cockroach problem?

Cockroaches are very prolific breeders, so even a few can quickly lead to a large-scale infestation. Roaches become a nuisance when they find suitable places to nest and food sources in your home or workplace.

Once they live on your property, cockroaches will soon find their way into the home by slipping in through cracks around windows and doors, gaps under the roofline, or openings in the foundation.

These insects can be introduced into homes and other buildings through used furniture, plant pots, or grocery bags.

Where will I find Cockroaches?

The differences between cockroaches that live inside and out are dependent on the species. Both American and Australian cockroaches prefer to live outdoors near the buildings but can easily move inside when they need to.

There are many species of cockroaches, including the German cockroach. Outside these insects live in wooded areas, gardens, piles of garbage, and near sewers and drains.

Cockroaches live inside and include damp, dark places in their habitat. The most common nesting spot for roaches is in your kitchen. It will also stay near damp areas of the house such as crawl spaces, basements, and bathrooms

How do I get rid of Cockroaches?

Cockroaches are a pain. They're gross, they carry diseases and they can be really hard to get rid of. But don't worry! We are the best choice to get rid of cockroaches from your home and businesses.

Don’t let cockroaches ruin your home life any longer – call us today and see what we can do for you! It's quick, easy, and affordable - but most importantly it works like a charm every time.

You won't regret giving our experienced 24h Pest Pros professionals a try! Give us a call today!

How can I prevent Cockroaches in the future?

Prevent problems with cockroaches by partnering with 24h Pest Pros, and by implementing the following prevention tips:

  • Replace white outdoor light bulbs with yellow or LED lights to keep your home free from roaches!
  • Turn off outdoor lights to minimize the chance of attracting them.
  • Seal gaps and cracks in your foundation and exterior walls to stop roaches from entering.
  • Install door sweeps on exterior doors to keep pests out.
  • Seal any gaps in doors and windows with weather stripping or caulk, and replace torn screens.
  • Use dehumidifiers to reduce excess moisture in your home.
  • Ensure gutters are clear of debris and directing water from the outside of your home.
  • Outside trash and compost bins should have tightly sealed lids.
  • Keep outdoor eating areas tidy so that you can avoid attracting roaches.
  • Store food, including pet food, in the refrigerator or in sealable containers.
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