Cockroaches are probably one of the most dreaded pests in the United States, and Salt Lake City residents aren’t safe from these invasive insects. These pests look particularly disgusting, but they are much worse than their appearance.
Unlike some nuisance pests, cockroaches are dangerous because of their ability to spread diseases that can harm humans. They can easily transmit germs and spread them across the surfaces in your home often contaminating food, countertops, and more.
While there are around 4,500 species of cockroaches in the world, luckily, there are only a few that residents of the area are likely to find in their homes.
Some cockroaches are easier to identify than others, so this small guide can help you notice cockroaches and tell them apart.
German cockroach: This species is much smaller than the American cockroach which isn’t usually found in the area. They can be anywhere from tan to dark brown, but you can best identify them by the two parallel black stripes that run behind their heads to the top of their wings.
Oriental cockroaches: These cockroaches look somewhat similar to beetles and are often referred to as black beetles or water bugs. They are a jet black color and almost greasy looking.
Brown-banded cockroach: The brown-banded cockroach is also a tiny species that only reaches up to 14.5 mm long. They are usually tan or light brown, and they have light brown transverse bands on their wings.
How Do Cockroaches Spread Disease?
Cockroaches spread many serious illnesses including salmonella, cholera, plague, typhoid fever, and many more. However, while many pests can contaminate food and surfaces, cockroaches are more dangerous than others because of where they tend to live. Cockroaches thrive in places such as garbages, sewers, toilets, and damp areas next to decay or excrement.
Since they live in such disgusting conditions, they are picking up diseases along the way. They also have spines on their legs that make them particularly adept at carrying pathogens.
Once inside your home, they then spread these germs. What's worse, cockroaches tend to hide in areas like kitchens where spreading pathogens is particularly dangerous. Plus, on top of everything else, they can also cause allergies and asthma attacks.
How To Identify Cockroach Infestations
As an infestation grows, you’ll likely see cockroaches scurrying around. However, there are some major signs that you’re likely to see around your home first if you know what to look for. Here are some of the main signs of a cockroach infestation:
- Tiny, rod-shaped droppings
- Discarded skins
- Egg casings
- A strange, musty odor
- Brownish smear marks
If you’ve noticed these signs, getting professional pest control help is the best way to get rid of cockroaches. However, if you have yet to see any signs, you can take some measures to prevent them from becoming a problem. Some of the best prevention steps include cleaning up food and drink spills, keeping drains clean, vacuuming and sweeping often, taking out the trash regularly, and sealing off entry points.
Get Cockroach Control You Can Rely On
Cockroaches in your Salt Lake City home can put your family’s health at risk, but, not to worry, the pest professionals at Pest Pro Pest Control are here for you. Instead of dealing with these dangerous pests on your own, get help from our experienced technicians. We have over 10 years of experience as a family-owned company in the area. We have the expertise to remove cockroach infestations and keep them from coming back. Contact us today to find out more or to book your free inspection.