Cockroaches
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Cockroach Identification

What are cockroaches?

cockroaches on a piece of food

Cockroaches are insects that live worldwide. Most species live outside away from people, but others have developed a close relationship. 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.

Adults cockroaches are medium to large-sized insects 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 and businesses.

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Cockroaches are dangerous pests because of the significant health risks associated with them. They spread bacteria, human pathogens, and parasites and can contaminate food and the surfaces of homes with E.coli and salmonella. 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?

Many 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
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How Can I Prevent Cockroaches in the Future?

Partnering with a professional is the best way to prevent cockroaches and other pests problems. 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 exterior walls, foundation, and roofline openings.
  • 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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