Cockroach Identification

What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are insects that live worldwide. Most species live outside away from people, but others have developed a close relationship with people. They are prolific breeders and have even come to rely on people for some of their food and shelter needs. Cockroaches are extremely difficult pests to control and eradicate.

dozens of cockroaches crawling on bread

Adults cockroaches are a medium to large-sized insect and range in size from 1/2 to more than two inches long, depending on the species. They have flattened, oval-shaped bodies and some species have wings, while others do not. Cockroaches are a common pest in both homes businesses.

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Cockroaches are dangerous pests because of the significant health risks associated with them. They spread a number of bacteria, human pathogens, and parasites, and can contaminate food and the surfaces of homes with E.coli and salmonella. The presence of cockroaches, their shed skins, and excrement all aggravate allergies and trigger asthma attacks in some people, especially young children.

Cockroaches don’t just contaminate food; they feed on a variety of non-food items as well, damaging them in the process. Cockroaches cause damage to books, clothing, upholstered furniture, and more with their excrement and feeding habits.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

Lots of things attract scavenging cockroaches to a property, but easy access to food is number one. Cockroaches can become a problem for any home or business owner. Some of the more common things to draw cockroaches to properties include:

  • Trash cans

  • Compost piles

  • Pet excrement

  • Pet food

  • Outdoor eating areas

  • Gardens 

Where will I find cockroaches?

Cockroaches are nocturnal, hiding during the day and coming out at night to scavenge for food. During the day, most species of roaches prefer to hide in dark, damp crevices, out of the sight of people and predators. Mulch, flower beds, tree bark, woodpiles, garbage piles, compost, and sewers are all places cockroaches hide. Cockroaches that find their way indoors on their own while foraging for food or that have been accidentally introduced inside by people, hide in warm, damp areas like kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and crawlspaces.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

For home or business owners who want to get rid of cockroaches from their property, partnering with the local pest control experts at Neighborly Pest Management is your best solution. We are the greater Sacramento area’s best defense against pests. For more than four decades, we’ve been committed to keeping homes and businesses free of insects, rodents, and more. Our professionals work with our customers to eliminate cockroaches and prevent them from returning in the future. Learn more about our 100% guaranteed pest control services by reaching out to Neighborly Pest Management today!

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

Partnering with a professional is the best way to prevent problems with cockroaches and other pests. In addition, the following cockroach prevention tips will help to keep roaches off of your property and out of your Northern California home.

  • Keep scavenging cockroaches out of your home by sealing cracks or other openings in the exterior walls, foundation, and roofline.

  • Create a crushed rock barrier between any mulch or soil and the foundation.

  • If possible, place garden areas a distance away from the outside walls of your home.

  • Deter these moisture-loving pests by reducing moisture levels in and around your home.

  • Put locking lids on outdoor trash cans and compost bins.

  • Pick up pet food between feedings.

  • Wash dishes, vacuum, wipe down counters and tables, and remove trash from your home daily.

  • Always inspect furniture, appliances, and deliveries for cockroaches before bringing them into your home.


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