What are cockroaches?
Cockroaches are hard to get rid of and prevent. They can find their way into any South Carolina home and, once inside, wreak havoc until you find and eliminate every single roach. We identify cockroaches by their flat, oval shape and long antennae, and while many have wings, most prefer to use their six legs to move from place to place.
Outside living away from people, cockroaches are helpful. These insects are scavenging pests and natural recyclers; their feeding habits help eliminate the decaying organic matter in the wild. A handful of cockroaches regularly find their way into homes across the United States. In Anderson, SC, you are most likely to see either German or American cockroaches.
The German cockroach is small, fast-moving, and the most common species to find inside structures. These roaches have adapted to living indoors with people. The American cockroach is the largest cockroach to find its way into structures in the U.S. They can successfully live outside and inside our homes.
Though each has a unique appearance, it can be hard to be sure what type of cockroach you see scurrying across your kitchen counter. For the most accurate identification and best cockroach control in Anderson, reach out to us at Priority Pest And Contracting, Inc.
Are cockroaches dangerous?
Before living in your home, cockroaches lived in places riddled with decaying debris, and excrement like sewers, drains, garbage piles, and carrion are some of their favorite hangouts.
Because of the bacteria, pathogens, and parasites that they carry on their body and legs, cockroaches are dangerous pests. These insects spread diseases and allergens and contaminate food, making them a threat to people.
Another danger associated with cockroaches is how quickly they breed. A few cockroaches finding their way into your home can lead to a full-blown infestation in a short time. If you spot a cockroach in your home, there are many more hiding nearby that you haven't yet seen.
Why do I have a cockroach problem?
Cockroaches can quickly become a problem in any of our Anderson homes. There are many ways they can find their way inside, which makes keeping them out difficult.
Below are some of the cockroach's most common entry points:
- Through holes and cracks in the foundation
- Under damaged door sweeps or weatherstripping
- In potted plants or on firewood
- In storage boxes or on secondhand items moving from one place to the next
- Inside drains or sewer pipes
If cockroaches find their way into your home, don't panic. Call a professional that can easily and quickly get rid of cockroaches from your house and away from your family!
Where will I find cockroaches?
There are many areas of your home where cockroaches congregate. Most cockroaches prefer to live in areas that provide warmth and moisture. Poorly ventilated kitchens, bathrooms, utility rooms, and basements are where homeowners typically discover cockroaches. Some of their favorite hiding places include the backs of drawers or cabinets, food containers, areas of clutter, and piles of storage boxes or stacks of newspapers.
Cockroaches are primarily nocturnal, meaning they are most active when we aren't, a big reason why a small infestation can at first go unnoticed. If you spot cockroaches during the day, there is likely a large infestation present. The larger the infestation, the more competition for food, so cockroaches will be out securing food sources for themselves throughout the day.
How do I get rid of cockroaches?
Getting rid of cockroaches is best done with the help of a local and experienced professional. Here at Priority Pest And Contracting, we provide effective services by paying attention to detail and providing options that best fit your unique pest control needs.
Don't share your home with cockroaches for another day; reach out to us so we can put together a plan of action to eliminate cockroaches and other common household pests from your South Carolina home. If you live in Anderson or the surrounding areas and want to learn more about our quarterly or monthly home pest control options, reach out today!
How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?
Use the following prevention tips to keep cockroaches away from your Anderson home.
- Seal holes in your foundation and exterior walls, spaces around windows and doors, and place cover over vents and drains.
- Store trash receptacles away from the outside of your home and always keep tight-fitting lids on them.
- Declutter your yard and house to reduce hiding spots.
- Address moisture issues in your home.
- Keep all food out of the reach of cockroaches by storing it in the fridge or airtight containers.
- Maintain a clean home and kitchen.
To learn more about residential and commercial cockroach control, call today!
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