How Bad Can One Little Cockroach In My Roseville Home Be?

a cockroach crawling in a basement

Cockroaches are some of the most dreaded pests that people in Roseville might encounter. These pests are known for being extremely sturdy and hard to get rid of. Cockroaches can be especially disgusting because they tend to congregate in places like bathrooms and kitchens where they can easily spread germs around and contaminate food sources. 

While cockroaches might not actually survive an apocalypse as the common urban legend says, they can be one of the most difficult types of pests to get rid of. They are also one of the most common pests in the area.
While cockroaches overall have a similar look, there are different species. There are four main species that are common in the Roseville area. These are the Oriental cockroach, German cockroach, American cockroach, and brown-banded cockroach. Knowing what these different cockroaches look like is a good first step in identifying them.

  • The Oriental cockroach is one of the most prolific in the area and has a red-brown color.
  • The German cockroach has two black stripes that run horizontally down its head.
  • The American cockroach is the biggest species. It has a yellow figure-eight pattern behind its head.
  • The brown-banded cockroach is one of the smallest species and is usually a light brown or tan color.

Cockroaches Can Spread Pathogens and Disease

Cockroaches can enter homes through really small holes. They are sneaky and can enter your Roseville home through areas around doors and windows or even by hitchhiking in on furniture and cardboard boxes.
Cockroaches might be gross to look at and hard to get rid of, but they aren’t just nuisance pests. They can spread many germs and diseases, and, since they tend to stay in places like kitchens, they can contaminate food and food-prep areas. Cockroaches outdoors often hang around in sewers and then spread those germs to homes.

Some of the risks of cockroaches include:

  • They can spread around thirty different diseases including salmonella and E. coli.
  • They contaminate food sources.
  • They can cause allergic reactions and asthma attacks for some people.

Why Are Cockroaches So Hard To Get Rid Of?

While one or two cockroaches might not seem to be a problem, the truth is that you’re very unlikely to see even one of these pests in your home. If you’ve noticed one, there are likely hosts of others hiding inside your walls.

Cockroaches are nearly impossible to get rid of using do-it-yourself methods. This is because they are really good at hiding and they reproduce very quickly. They are also resistant to many pesticides. All three of these things combined make it really hard to eliminate them.
Trying to do so on your own is usually ineffective, and many strong pesticides you might be tempted to use aren’t always safe.

How To Eradicate Cockroaches For Good

Because cockroaches are such difficult and dangerous pests, it’s important to try to prevent them as well as to eliminate them as soon as you notice any signs. The only safe and effective way to eliminate cockroaches in your Roseville home is to contact the professionals at Neighborly Pest Management. With over 40 years of experience in the Sacramento area, you can trust both our experience and our affordable prices.