Cockroach Identification & Prevention

Cockroaches In Georgia

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Cockroaches are some of the most problematic pests, so every homeowner should understand what they are up against if they invade. Read about common cockroach species, dangers, and cockroach control measures.

Frequently Asked Questions About Cockroaches

What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are resilient pests with the ability to survive for a month without food, two weeks without water, and a week without a head. Species in our area include:

  • Smokey brown cockroaches
  • American cockroaches
  • German cockroaches
  • Wood cockroaches
  • Oriental cockroaches
  • Brown-banded cockroaches

It's essential to correctly identify the species you are dealing with for effective removal, so you should always call experts if you suspect a cockroach problem.

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Yes, cockroaches are dangerous because of the diseases and bacteria they can transmit. These diseases can include listeriosis, salmonellosis, giardia, leprosy, cholera, dysentery, gastroenteritis, and typhoid fever. Bacteria they can spread include E. coli, streptococcus, and staphylococcus.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

Cockroaches take advantage of residential properties to access food, moisture, and conducive conditions. This pest isn't picky with what they eat, so you could be attracting them with crumbs, garbage, pet waste, food grease, and much more!

They also like cool, dark, and damp places to live, so it can be the perfect space to thrive in a home that provides these conditions, especially if they are trying to escape dry or unfavorable weather.

Where will I find cockroaches?

If cockroaches find their way into your home, they will gravitate toward bathrooms, kitchens, basements, laundry rooms, and garages because these areas provide the conditions they look for. But these critters are nocturnal, so there is a good chance you won't see them but will notice signs like droppings and damage to food packaging.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

Trying to get rid of cockroaches yourself will only cost you more time, money, and effort than necessary because cockroaches are among the most challenging pests to remove as they are resistant to traditional products.

The best way to handle a cockroach problem is with professional pest control. ProCare Pest Services can assist you if you are currently experiencing a cockroach infestation or want to prevent future ones.

You can learn everything you need to know about our residential and commercial pest control offerings by calling us at ProCare Pest Services.

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

To prevent cockroaches in the future, you should work on reducing and eliminating the factors and conducive conditions that attract them. Do this by:

  • Removing food. Keep your home and property clear of food sources by regularly cleaning, using garbage cans with lids and without holes, and removing pet waste from the yard. You should also wash dirty dishes and pick up pet food at night.
  • Reducing moisture. Cockroaches require a lot of moisture to meet their needs, so make your home less attractive by cleaning gutters, removing organic debris from your yard and away from the foundation, repairing any leaking pipes and faucets, installing weatherstripping, and using dehumidifiers.
  • Removing entry points. Cockroaches will squeeze through cracks in the foundation, under windows and doors, and vents and drains. You should take the necessary steps to seal these potential entryways by repairing cracks and gaps and installing covers on vents and drains.
  • Reducing harborage areas.  Keeping your yard and home clear of unnecessary clutter is essential to preventing cockroaches. Keep your yard maintained and your home organized.

Reach out to ProCare Pest Services for expert cockroaches control and prevention!

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