What are cockroaches?
Cockroaches are some of the most common insects. They live worldwide and are highly adaptable, which is why they are able to successfully live in many different environments. Cockroaches are scavengers, and will make themselves at home inside any home or business. In general, cockroaches have flattened, oval-shaped bodies and six legs, which are covered in spines. Most species are winged, but not all can fly or are great fliers. They have antennae that are about the length of their bodies.
Three of the more common species of cockroach found causing problems for home and business owners in our area of Oklahoma include:
German cockroaches are a small species of cockroach. They are light brown or tan in color, with two distinctive black stripes running horizontally down behind their heads.
American cockroaches are the largest species of household-invading cockroach living in the United States. They are dark, reddish-brown in color, and they have a lighter color outlining their bodies. They also have a unique yellow-colored figure-eight pattern that is located behind their heads.
Oriental cockroaches have smooth bodies that are shiny black in color. These cockroaches emit a powerful, musty, foul-smelling odor.
Are cockroaches dangerous?
Cockroaches are considered dangerous pests. Before finding their way into your home or business, cockroaches were living in, feeding on, and traveling through dirty areas such as garbage piles, drains, sewers, excrement, and carrion. Cockroaches carry on their bodies and legs a wide range of viruses, bacteria, parasites, and human pathogens that they leave on the surfaces of your home, food, food prep areas, utensils, and dishes. They also have the potential to destroy paper products and fabrics, and they may stain surfaces they come into contact with. In addition, cockroaches' shed skins and feces can cause allergic reactions and skin rashes, or trigger asthma attacks in people, especially in children.
Why do I have a cockroach problem?
Cockroaches have the potential to become pests in any structure that has food preparation or storage areas in it. That means almost any home and business can be invaded by cockroaches at any time. They enter homes and buildings on their own through cracks and crevices in the foundation, gaps in siding, spaces underneath and around windows and doors, and any other entrance point they find. Cockroaches are also brought into homes and businesses accidentally inside used furniture, appliances, cardboard boxes, deliveries, and potted plants.
Where will I find cockroaches?
American cockroaches prefer to nest outside underneath mulch, in trees, in flower beds, and inside sewer systems. Oriental cockroaches need to live in areas with high humidity. Outside, they are often found in sewers, piles of garbage, leaf piles, wood piles, and underneath landscaping timbers and fallen, decaying logs. German cockroaches prefer to live inside, and are common pests inside homes and restaurants. They are usually found nesting in warm, damp locations like kitchens, basements, bathrooms, and laundry rooms.
Both German and American cockroaches may move inside while foraging for food, or if the weather outside becomes unsuitable for them to live comfortably. Inside, they hide out and nest in moist, warm areas that are close to food sources like bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and crawl spaces.
How do I get rid of cockroaches?
The easiest way to control and prevent cockroach infestations is with the help of a qualified professional. At Mid America Pest Control our dedicated technicians provide the year-round services needed to rid your residential or commercial property of cockroaches. Mid America Pest Control is committed to using innovative and eco-friendly solutions to remove cockroaches and other household-invading pests, and prevent their return. To learn more about how to eliminate cockroaches from your Pryor, Oklahoma home or business, contact us at Mid America Pest Control and schedule your free 58-Point Pest Analysis.
How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?
The best way to prevent problems with cockroaches and other household-invading pests is to seek professional pest control from Mid America Pest Control. In addition to our professional services, the following tips can help to prevent problems with cockroaches:
Eliminate as many entrance points as possible by sealing gaps or cracks in your home's foundation and exterior walls.
Make sure that weather stripping is placed around all exterior windows and doors.
Install door sweeps and replace any torn screens.
Reduce moisture levels in and around your home by repairing leaky pipes, fixtures, and drains, and using dehumidifiers.
Remove food sources by making sure outdoor trash cans have locking lids placed on them.
Keep all food in your home or business inside airtight containers or in the refrigerator.
Regularly wipe down counters.
Vacuum or sweep floors frequently.
Inspect packages, boxes, appliances, plants, and furniture for signs of roaches before bringing them inside.