Cockroach Identification & Prevention

Cockroach identification, professional treatment, and prevention steps make for the best cockroach control possible. Southern Home & Outdoor Services is ready to help you with this process.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Cockroaches

What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are a commonly recognized insect that belongs to the scientific order of Blattodea. There are many different types of cockroaches around today in varying sizes and colors; however, most are easily recognizable by their flat, oval-shaped bodies, six spiny legs, antennae, and, occasionally, a pair of wings.

And while there are so many species of cockroaches around today, only a handful are commonly seen around human structures. Species you are most likely to encounter on your property include the smaller tan-colored German cockroach and the larger, reddish-brown American cockroach.

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Are cockroaches dangerous?

Most individuals recognize that a cockroach infestation is unsightly and unhygienic, but you might not be aware of how dangerous cockroaches are. Cockroaches introduce serious pathogens and bacteria to properties with their scavenging and can transmit illnesses such as salmonella, cholera, dysentery, and plague.

These pests can also trigger allergy issues with the saliva, shed skins, and droppings they leave behind; large infestations of cockroaches may lead to asthma and respiratory problems.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

If you’re noticing more and more cockroaches around your property, chances are that you have several factors on display encouraging an infestation. Easy access to food like trash and food or drink spills, moisture issues that lead to excess water and humid conditions, and hiding spots like stacks of cardboard, untouched items indoors, and long grass or piles of debris can all contribute to a higher chance of developing a cockroach problem.

Where will I find cockroaches?

Outdoors, you are likely to find cockroaches hiding in long grass, near piles of organic debris, and woodpiles or infesting trash cans and other waste disposal areas. Once they invade interior areas, cockroaches infest kitchens, bathrooms, food storage areas, and trash cans.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

Many individuals who want to get rid of cockroaches turn to DIY treatments, but these are often less than effective and can leave you at risk for continuing cockroach problems. Instead, the best way to treat your cockroach problem is to reach out to Southern Home & Outdoor Services for commercial pest control services. Our pest management professionals will work with you to remove all traces of roaches so that you can reclaim your property from these unhygienic pests.

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

In addition to pest control for roaches, you can follow these easy prevention steps to keep these troublesome insects off your property:

  • Seal gaps and cracks around your property’s windows, doors, and foundation to stop cockroaches from slipping inside.
  • Utilize weatherstripping to seal around windows and doors and repair any broken window and door screens to keep these pests outside.
  • Never leave out food and always clean up food or drink spills and dirty dishes right away before the aroma attracts roaches.
  • Seal trash bags tightly and use outdoor trash cans with tight-fitting lids to prevent roaches from scavenging in waste disposal areas.
  • Clear out areas of long grass and piles of debris to prevent roaches from hiding in these spots.

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