How To Identify And Get Rid Of Cockroaches In Your Marietta Home

It is a startling discovery when you see a cockroach in your home. You know that roaches are dirty insects—even if you don't know exactly how dirty. But often, people don't realize they have a cockroach infestation for months or even years after roaches have entered their home. Roaches are nocturnal insects that prefer secluded areas and hide in dark voids and tight spaces. Experts say that seeing one cockroach is a warning sign that hidden within the walls are thousands of cockroaches. We hope you don't wait to see roaches in your home. If you find a cockroach in your house, it will be too late to protect yourself from the health and property risks associated with these insects. Join us as we look at how to detect roaches, why you should make an effort to detect them, and how professional cockroach pest control in Marietta works. We'll also give you five sweet tips for keeping cockroaches out naturally. Are you ready? Great! Let's get into it.

How To Identify The Cockroaches In Your Home

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One of the pillars of cockroach control is cockroach identification. You need to know what kind of roaches infest homes in Marietta to know what to expect from them, and you need to know what cockroaches look like in all stages of development if you want to know for sure that roaches are the pests infesting your home.

In Marietta, we have several pest roaches. Some cockroach species are worse than others. These four kinds of roaches demonstrate an essential difference between the species. 

  1. Wood Roaches: Unlike the other pest roaches listed below, these are diurnal roaches. If they get into your home, you'll see them crawling around during the day. They have no aversion to the light. The good news is that they don't prefer to be inside your home. Wood roaches subsist on decaying leaves, timber, and animals. You won't have much trouble with this species if you don't have suitable food sources inside your home.
  2. Oriental Cockroaches: These are exceedingly dirty roaches that lay their eggs in rotting food matter if they can. They have a hard time living in homes because they are far too clean. They are also far too dry.
  3. American Cockroaches: These insects, commonly called palmetto bugs, get underneath leaf and palm litter. They do this to stay hydrated. While they can infest your home permanently, it is more likely that they will go in and out. 
  4. German Cockroaches: These are the worst, not just in terms of cockroach pests, but as pests in general. German cockroaches are inclined to live with humans. Inside your home, they will feed on dirty things and move about in unsanitary environments.  

If you've seen one of these roaches in your home, you can move on to the next section. If you haven't, we recommend performing an inspection. Inspect dark areas, tight spaces, and secluded zones within your home. Look for tiny black feces, shed skins, oothecae (cockroach egg pouches), and cockroach activity.

When you search for signs of a cockroach infestation, you might see roaches during your inspection and not realize it. You likely know what a cockroach looks like as an adult. They are oval-shaped and have spines on their legs. Cockroach nymphs are much smaller and you may not be able to see these two features easily. A German cockroach is so tiny that it can fit through the holes of a wall outlet. So, how do you tell a cockroach nymph from other insects?

Antennae: The antenna of a cockroach nymph are noticeably long and shoot out from the top of the head.

Speed: A cockroach nymph can run as fast as an adult roach. It is probably a roach if you see a tiny insect run along the floor, wall, or ceiling at a break-neck pace.

When you find cockroaches, what should you do? Should you purchase cockroach control products and start going after the roaches in your home? There are a few things you should know before you do this.

Why Having Roaches In Your Home Is A Serious Risk To Your Health

Cockroaches are associated with more than thirty-three bacteria, more than seven human pathogens, and at least six parasitic worms. They aggravate asthma symptoms and increase hospital visitations for these symptoms. While not prone to bite, cockroaches can accidentally bite as they feed on the dead skin around the eyes and mouths of sleeping people. They cause pink eye, rashes, and other conditions associated with unsanitary pests. We can't tell you how much of a health hazard they will present in your home, but we can assure you that they will negatively impact your health. For this reason, it is best to contact a licensed pest control provider to address a cockroach infestation.

The Best Way To Get Rid Of Roaches In Your House Fast!

If you're in Marrietta, contact ProCare Pest Services to Get rid of cockroaches. We use field-tested methods and a mixture of products to get results.

  • We prepare you for your cockroach treatment and get you on track for successful results. 
  • We inspect your home to locate cockroaches, signs of activity, conducive conditions, potential routes, and more.
  • We identify the pest roaches in your home to ensure appropriate products are selected.
  • We strategically place the products inside your home to remove cockroaches and monitor roach activity.
  • We apply all products according to strict safety guidelines and the manufacturer's specifications.
  • We apply exclusions in crucial areas to limit access and to keep cockroaches on the outside of your home from getting inside.
  • If the roaches in your home require it, we will inject dusts into wall voids by way of your outlets.
  • We may apply products to clean drains and address possible breeding sites within or around your home.
  • We may apply a liquid barrier around the exterior of your home to arrest cockroach entry.
  • We may make recommendations regarding conducive conditions and breeding sites. It may be necessary for you to help with your pest control solution.
  • We follow up as many times as needed. During follow-up visits, we check traps and evaluate the success of your control plan. Where required, we make adjustments. 

Each of the treatments we perform is somewhat different. We can't tell you what your treatment will be or how long it will take, but we can assure you that you won't have to wonder if you still have cockroaches inside your home. In light of the many ways cockroaches can impact your health and how they can create holes in paper, cardboard, fabrics, and more, it is good to know when they're gone.

Reach out to ProCare Pest Services today to learn more or to schedule service for your Marietta home. We look forward to helping you find the right solution for your roach control issue.

Five No-Sweat Tips To Prevent Future Cockroach Infestations

Okay. The cockroaches in your home are gone and you're now roach free. How do you prevent future infestations? While we don't recommend home remedies for cockroaches, there are many ways homeowners can keep cockroaches out naturally.

  1. Remove hiding places in your yard. Cockroaches hide underneath many things. They prefer wood, leaves, dead branches, and other organic debris but will get underneath anything that shields them from the drying effects of the sun. 
  2. Address exterior moisture. Cockroaches require moisture to stay hydrated. They will be attracted to puddles, containers of water, and damp habitats. Fix plumbing leaks. Clean out clogs in your gutter system. Remove weeds from your landscaping and get rid of any unnecessary plants. Water your landscaping in the morning so that the moisture can dry up during the day.  
  3. Manage trash and recycling. A dirty trash receptacle can attract cockroaches from a distance. It is essential to get your garbage to the curb weekly. If it sits for an extra week, you need to consider washing it with soapy water to remove the pungent aroma. You may not like that smell, but roaches love it.  
  4. Seal potential entry points. Cockroaches get into your home through openings that already exist. Inspect your exterior and fill in any gaps and cracks you find. The tools for this job are expanding foam or a high-quality silicone caulking material. Replace weatherstripping, door sweeps, and screens as needed. Protect entry points, such as weep holes and vents.  
  5. Check used furniture. German cockroaches commonly move from structure to structure by hitching a ride. You can prevent these roaches from getting into your home by performing a detailed inspection of used furniture. Look for black specks, fecal spotting, and streaks. Examine creases and stitching for shed skins. Use a flashlight to examine voids. Look under cushions and other compressed spaces for egg pouches.

You can keep cockroaches out, in many cases, by applying pest maintenance. For added protection or protection where none exists, contact ProCare Pest Services for year-round pest control in Marietta. Our highly-trained and hardworking technicians are standing by ready to assist you. Schedule your initial service visit today.         

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