What To Do If You See A Cockroach

You stumble into the kitchen for a late-night snack, turn on the light, and you’re met with the unsightly scene of a cockroach scurrying across the floor. Yikes!

Should you kill it?

Does one cockroach mean you have more?

Unfortunately, when you see one cockroach in your home, there are likely to be others. 

So, how do these pesky critters get into your home, and better yet, how can you keep them out?

Keep reading and let us provide the answers you’re looking for when it comes to cockroach infestations.

What is a Cockroach & What Do They Look like?

Cockroaches are common household pests that can invade your territory quickly. Typically, these pests are found in areas that are warm and moist – whether it be in your home or commercial building.

Cockroaches are attracted to anything they consider food – pantry food, kitchen drains, even toothpaste. Depending on the type of cockroach, their size ranges from .5 inches to 3 inches. The American cockroach being the biggest, and most common, type of cockroach.

With two long antennae on its tiny head, six legs sprawling from its oval-shaped body, and occasionally wings, cockroaches are not a pretty sight. But don’t let their hard shell appearance fool you – cockroaches can flatten themselves down to the width of a dime and are flexible enough to fit in the smallest of cracks. Plus, they are fast movers!  

Why You Want to Keep Cockroaches Out of Your Home

Cockroaches are known to multiply fast and spread diseases quickly. If you have a cockroach infestation, it’s important to call the pest control experts at Impact Pest Elimination immediately.

Cockroaches are near impossible to get rid of on your own, and the longer they dwell, the higher chance you have at a health risk. Here are a few reasons you want to keep cockroaches out of your home:

Cockroaches contaminate surfaces and food

Aside from being unsightly, cockroaches are also rather filthy. While eating, they defecate on the surface and food source – and most everything is a food source to these pests. 

Whether it’s plants, leather, or human food, cockroaches will leave their feces which contains empty eggshells, multiple bacteria, and dead skin.  This means that if you have a cockroach infestation, then everything in your home could be contaminated.

Cockroaches spread bacteria and germs

As previously mentioned, cockroaches will leave feces on all that they eat. However, they also leave urine, digestive fluids, and regurgitated saliva. All of which spread a variety of bacteria, germs, pathogens, and diseases. 

Cockroaches are known to spread E. coli and salmonella, and are also known to cause urinary tract infections, digestive problems, and even sepsis.

Cockroaches disrupt respiratory problems

Cockroach saliva contains hundreds – if not thousands – of allergens that cause respiratory problems, rashes, sneezing, and more. If you or a family member suffer from allergies or asthma, a cockroach infestation can be disastrous. When an asthmatic person inhales allergens from cockroaches, it often causes severe complications.  

Signs you have a Cockroach Infestation

  • Dark streaks or smears on walls
  • Droppings that look like coffee grounds
  • Musty, unpleasant odor
  • Eggs
  • Shedded skin
  • Chew marks on food packaging or leather
  • Living roach scurrying across the floor, wall, or countertop

Get Help From a Local Pest Control Company

Cockroaches often dwell in moist and dark environments. However, it’s not uncommon to see one scurrying across the kitchen floor. Even if you only see that one, you can bet there are more lingering.

Cockroaches are social creatures that multiply quickly. Therefore, if you see a cockroach in your home, it’s time to call the experts at Impact Pest Elimination 

We offer a variety of ways to eliminate cockroaches for good. First, we identify the type of infestation, then we put a protocol into place. Baits are often the best option for eliminating indoor cockroaches because they’re placed in areas where cockroaches roam – under sinks, around pipes, humid areas, and more. 

If the infestation originates from under appliances or other confined spaces, dust can be used to help eliminate the pests.

When the infestation is outdoors, sprays are often used to help create a barrier. Homeowners can do their part by ensuring windows and doors are sealed tightly and caulking any cracks in pipes, walls, or baseboards.

Preventing and eliminating cockroaches is a job from the professionals. Contact Impact Pest Elimination to schedule your service today!