No one wants to see a cockroach in their Salt Lake City home or business. Cockroaches have a well-earned reputation for being dirty, but did you know that they're dangerous as well? Cockroaches act as disease vectors, carrying bacteria and microbes around and depositing them wherever they go, bringing with them the possibility of serious illness for humans.
Prevention is key with cockroaches because once they’re inside, they’re tough to beat. They can infiltrate without exertion and they procreate in volume. Understand more about how they function and what the risks are, so you can defeat them with Pest Pro Pest Control.
How Do Cockroaches Get Indoors? What Are Signs of Infestation?
German cockroaches specifically are prevalent in area homes and businesses. They target sheltered spaces because they can easily access food and a comfortable, warm environment. Cracks and crevices around doors, windows, foundations, and utilities are like welcome mats for them, and they may also find their way indoors on or in furniture, bags, or boxes they’ve inhabited. You may catch them running around your kitchens, cabinets, sinks, and trash cans.
While German cockroaches birth black-colored young, the winged adults are tan or brown. When fully formed, they are about half an inch long. All have black bands that are horizontal behind their heads. Although German cockroaches do have wings, the adults have a tendency to run, rather than fly.
You definitely have an infestation if you encounter these three signs:
- Droppings: Small, dark particles that resemble pepper will be on countertops and door frames. You'll also find staining grains in drawers and the corners of floors.
- Eggs: These bugs frequently release eggs in bathrooms and kitchens. You might see them or casings in the basement as well.
- Odors: Musty smells will be persistent if cockroaches are present. The communication chemicals and secretions they give off are scented.
All cockroach species have the ability to make people sick. These insects live and breed in filthy settings, such as sewers, pipelines, and garbage bins. Their legs have spines on them that attract various particles and microbes that they brush by, which adds on to the incredible amounts of bacteria they naturally have on their skin. Furthermore, they have microbes in their saliva, urine, and feces. Cockroaches are a primary reason for surface and food contamination in homes and businesses, exposing humans to illnesses like gastroenteritis and salmonellosis, as well as triggering allergy and asthma attacks.
How Can You Prevent Cockroaches?
Here’s what you can do to discourage cockroaches from entering your property:
- Store food and trash in canisters with well-fitting lids.
- Remove garbage from the property on a regular basis.
- Clean your dishes and vacuum carpeting routinely.
- Trim your grass and greenery often.
- Place plants and flowers several feet away from exterior doors.
- Fix moisture problems and leaks right away.
- Attach screens to windows, and sweeps to doors that face the outside.
- Mend openings near windows, doors, foundations, and utilities.
How Does Pest Pro Pest Control Exterminate Cockroaches?
At Pest Pro Pest Control, we believe in well-rounded care. Our experienced technicians will look over your walls, eaves, baseboards, closets, furniture, and exteriors for spots that need to be addressed. We use professional-grade treatments that are safe for humans and pets, and will ensure that your cockroach problem is solved quickly and effectively. Reach out through our website or call us today for a free inspection!