How To Identify And Get Rid Of Cockroaches In Your Salt Lake City Home

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Homeownership would be smooth sailing if it weren't for cockroaches. Imagine the joy of getting up every morning without the fear of encountering these insidious creatures scuttling across your counters or floors. At Pest Pro Pest Control, we aim to make this scenario a reality for our residents by providing the most effective pest control in Salt Lake City to keep cockroaches away. Continue reading to learn more about these pests and the steps you can take to eliminate them.

How To Identify Common Types Of Cockroaches

With approximately 4,000 cockroach species worldwide, only a fourth of them reside in North America. And here in Utah, there are only three you'll likely encounter: the German cockroach, the oriental cockroach, and the brown-banded cockroach.

Most roaches in Salt Lake City vary in color from reddish-brown to light brown, to dark brown and even black. They also have flattened, shiny, oval bodies, threadlike antennae, and a tough exoskeleton that protects them from being crushed or smashed. Their heads are bent downward, while their mouthparts point backward, which is unusual. In most insects, the mouthparts either point downward or forward.

Roaches In Your Home Are A Major Health Risk

No matter the species, all types of cockroaches are incredibly filthy creatures that pose a major health risk. Their oily bodies leave diseased residue wherever they crawl, contaminating everything from your toothbrush in the bathroom to your bowl of fruit on the kitchen counter. Think of all the garbage, sludge, dirt, grime, bodily fluids, and waste they trekked through before scurrying across your living room floor. Several diseases cockroaches are known to cause are:

  • Typhoid fever
  • Salmonellosis
  • Cholera
  • Dysentery
  • E. coli infection

Roaches can also transmit poliomyelitis and gastroenteritis. And if you're an asthma or allergy sufferer, be on alert. Cockroach exposure to highly sensitive groups often leads to severe symptoms, such as nasal congestion, skin rash, ear or sinus infection, coughing, and wheezing. Those who experience shortness of breath or difficulty breathing should seek medical attention immediately.

What It Takes To Get Rid Of Roaches In Your Home

The best way to kill cockroaches is to react quickly at the first sign of these pests in your home. By the time you've seen one, there could be dozens or hundreds more in hiding. Secondly, enlist the services of professional cockroach pest control in Salt Lake City. They are well-equipped with the knowledge, resources, and practices to eliminate any pest infestation effectively.

At Pest Pro Pest Control, we have been obliterating pests from our resident's homes and businesses for a decade now. And after hundreds of glowing, five-star reviews, we're still providing top-level service that our customers trust. Let us transform your current environment into your intended peaceful, pest-free sanctuary. Reach out to us to request your free consultation. 

Five Tips To Prevent Future Cockroach Infestations

Once you've had your home treated professionally for cockroaches to eliminate your infestation, you will feel a sense of relief to reside in an entirely pest-free living space. To keep it that way, you must be vigilant about preventing future pest intrusions. To do that, you must become an ungracious host, depriving roaches of the accommodations they seek. Look over these five tips for ways to make your home unappealing to cockroaches:

  • Fill in gaps, openings, or apparent cracks in your home's foundation, vents, or screens.
  • Clean your home regularly. 
  • Store your food correctly inside airtight containers and not in the original packaging. 
  • Remove your garbage frequently, securing trash bags and ensuring all bins have tight lids. 
  • Restrict eating and drinking to a specific area in your home.

These pests prefer dank and damp areas, so make sure that none of your pipes or faucets are leaking. You'll significantly prolong those amazing pest-free results by taking these critical steps, especially after professional cockroach treatments from Pest Pro Pest Control. Reach out to us today to get started.

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