If there is one thing that every Pennsylvania homeowner can agree on, it is that cockroaches are unwanted creatures in their houses. Roaches are arguably one of the most germ-spreading pests that take up residence indoors and never leave. But, do you have all the facts you need to know about this pest?
What are Roaches?
You may cringe at the thought of cockroaches, but they happen to love you. There are a variety of species that vary in size, with some as big as two inches! Roaches and are considered an omnivorous pest because they feed on plant and animal matter. Cockroaches enjoy greasy food, starches, and sweets the most; however, if they can’t find food, they will feed on dead insects, paper, and fingernails, which is why even clean homes are at risk of an invasion.
Signs of a roach infestation
Unless you stay up at night, it is difficult to spot these nocturnal pests. If you’re trying to figure out whether you have a cockroach problem, here are some signs to look out for.
A roach’s active metabolism allows them to process their food quickly. leaving droppings in their travels. Feces can look like pepper, coffee grounds, and even brown smears. The best places to check for this sign is behind kitchen appliances, including the fridge and stove, or in cabinets where food is stored.
Even when they are quiet, you will be able to smell roaches. They produce a musty like stench that you won’t be able to get rid of. Over time, the smell gets worse as the number of roaches living and dying in your house increases.
Roaches are known for their quick and vast reproduction. Instead of laying one egg at a time, roaches lay an ootheca, a narrow brown casing home up to 50 eggs. After the eggs hatch, this casing is abandoned, and a sure sign you have a roach infestation.
Why you need to get rid of roaches
Just seeing a roach in your home is likely enough to make your skin crawl. These pests are a health threat to your family because they can spread bacteria, including Salmonella and E. coli, in addition to parasitic worms like tapeworm. When humans consume bacteria or worms, they can cause nausea, diarrhea, and additional internal medical issues.
How to prevent roaches
The best way to prevent roaches is to keep your home clean, put food away, limit where food is eaten, seal any possible entry points to the house.
How to get rid of roaches
If you are already subject to roaches, the best decision is to contact a professional (that’s us!). Roaches are challenging to exterminate on your own, and a experienced pest control company will have the right tools, products, and knowledge to take care of the job so you can sleep better at night.