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Cockroach Identification

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What are cockroaches?

The cockroach is a primitive insect whose adaptability and scavenging abilities have allowed them to survive and thrive almost anywhere. Many cockroaches live outside in jungles, forests, or desert areas well away from people; a few have adapted to living with or near people and have become a significant pest problem.

Cockroaches have oval-shaped bodies, long antennae, and spiny legs. Their bodies are often dark in color and have an overall "greasy" sheen to them. A cockroach infestation can result in a musty odor, and you may see black droppings that resemble pepper inside drawers, cabinets, or pantries.

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Cockroaches are among the most disliked pests that homeowners deal with; just saying the word cockroach can send shivers up most people's spine. It is for good reason that people have such an adverse reaction to cockroaches. Cockroaches are disease spreading, food contaminating pests that quickly take over homes and businesses.

Other problems these insects are well-known for include the following:

  • Staining fabrics and walls with their excrement
  • Chewing on and damaging fabric items, papers, cardboard boxes, wallpaper, and books
  • Shedding skins that trigger allergies and cause things like runny noses. skin rashes, sneezing, and coughing
  • Triggering asthma attacks in young children

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

When it comes to cockroaches, the main thing anyone needs to remember about these pests is that an infestation can occur in any Orange County home or business. If you discover a problem with cockroaches, do not be embarrassed and hold off on getting help. The best way to eliminate these pests and take your home back from them is to partner with a professional.

Cockroaches are attracted to many different sources of food and water. Leaking pipes, clogged gutters, dense landscaping, trashcans, pet food, gardens, and our eating areas are all likely to catch the eye of scavenging cockroaches.

Some species of cockroaches have adapted to primarily living indoors. Their main mode of transportation is hitchhiking. They will move from place to place inside things like plant pots, cardboard boxes, furniture, appliances, and electronics.

Where will I find cockroaches?

Noticing a cockroach infestation in your Orange County home can take some time. Their flat dark bodies permit them to hide well out of sight in the dark areas of our homes, causing their presence to remain hidden until their population grows large enough that you can't miss them.

Cracks and crevices found throughout your house will provide hiding spots for cockroaches. Below are some of their favorite sources of shelter:

  • Cabinets under sinks in the kitchen or bathroom
  • Pantries or drawers
  • Plumbing pipes or vents
  • Behind wooden trim or baseboards
  • Roof eaves
  • Attics
  • The tops of cabinets

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

Using green pest control options Cura Termite and Pest Control rids properties of unhealthy pests like cockroaches. We can provide effective treatments that will eliminate cockroaches as well as the routine services necessary to prevent their return. Our professionals keep people and properties protected from cockroaches and other common household pests. You can trust us with your pest control needs.

If you want to discover why so many Orange County home and business owners choose us to help them maintain commercial or residential properties that are free of pests, reach out to us today!

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

The best way to stop cockroaches from wanting to call your Orange County home is to partner with Cura Pest and implement the following prevention tips:

  • Cockroaches have high moisture needs. Reduce their access to water by keeping sinks and tubs wiped down and free of water.
  • Reduce humidity levels in your home through proper ventilation and installing dehumidifiers.
  • Make sure to routinely inspect dark places like crawl spaces, attics, closets, and basements for cockroaches.
  • Store food in airtight containers when possible.
  • Routinely vacuum your floors and upholstered furniture. 
  • Regularly clean out and sanitize your fridge and pantry. 
  • Keep storage areas free of the clutter that can provide hiding spots for cockroaches.