German cockroach: Capable of growing a little over half an inch in length, German cockroaches have two dark parallel stripes that run across the back of their heads. Not only are they the most common species across the country, but they also reproduce more quickly than other types of roaches – making it essential to gain control of a German cockroach infestation as soon as possible.
Turkestan cockroach: Growing up to an inch long, Turkestan cockroaches tend to be dark brown with white stripes. Unlike German and Oriental roaches, Turkestan cockroaches are shyer about infesting homes – but they can still occasionally end up in homes or populate around your property and become a nuisance.
Oriental cockroach: Oriental cockroaches are larger than German or Turkestan roaches with dark, glossy bodies. Oriental cockroaches tend to be attracted to dark, moist places, so homes with moisture issues tend to draw them in more than other roaches.
All three types of cockroaches can spell trouble for Sacramento homes and businesses – here’s what you should know about how unsanitary roaches are, how dangerous they can be for you and those around you, and why you shouldn’t combat a cockroach problem on your own.
Do Cockroaches Only Infest Dirty Homes?
While many people already know that cockroaches are unsanitary pests, not everyone understands just how grimy these critters can be. A common misconception circling cockroaches is that they only infest dirty or unsanitary homes.
Although an unsanitary home that provides easy access to food and moisture might make a cockroach’s life easier, these pests aren’t picky about which homes they infest. They may be naturally drawn to grimy homes, but they’re resilient enough to survive in almost any environment.
Even if they can’t easily access human food, cockroaches can survive off almost nothing – and they don’t mind eating decaying matter, books, or even hair that’s lying around. If you live in an apartment complex or building where roaches may travel between apartments, catching these pests is even easier – and it’s not always an indicator of poor housekeeping skills.
How Dangerous Are Cockroaches?
Besides feasting on your favorite foods (and books), cockroaches are far from harmless for homes and businesses – these pests can be dangerous in a couple of different ways.
First, cockroaches can contaminate your home with bacteria. Before they enter buildings or homes, cockroaches may hang around sewers or drains to breed and eat decaying organic matter. They can pick up harmful pathogens in these unsanitary places, like streptococcus, staphylococcus, or salmonellosis, and carry them into your home. When they go after human food or crawl across food preparation surfaces, traces of these dangerous bacteria can be left behind to contaminate you and your family.
Second, cockroaches can trigger allergies and asthma attacks. Along with the risk of contamination, cockroach saliva and droppings contain an enzyme that can trigger asthma symptoms and allergies in some people – especially younger children. An infestation, especially a large roach infestation, can significantly worsen these respiratory symptoms.
Why You Should Contact The Pros About Cockroaches In Sacramento, CA
Although using OTC pesticides and home remedies may seem like time and money-savers, most home and business owners aren’t able to get rid of cockroaches on their own. Not only are roaches resistant to many treatments, including pesticides, but they’re also clever. Even if you eliminate some of the infestations, survivors will find a new hiding spot to relocate to and begin regrowing their numbers.
Specific roach infestations, like German cockroaches, can be challenging to handle on your own since they reproduce so quickly. Instead of wasting time and money on remedies that won’t do the trick, the most effective way to get rid of roaches is with professional assistance from Neighborly Pest Management.
We’ve got the experience and the effective, reliable treatments to keep your Sacramento property completely and permanently free of roaches. If you think you see cockroaches in your home or business, you shouldn’t wait for the problem to spiral out of control. Call us today at Neighborly Pest Management at the first sign of an infestation.