Cockroaches are a rather intimidating pest to find in your property in part because they are so difficult to get removed. Most people know that cockroaches are a bad pest that can cause problems, but they don’t always realize how dangerous cockroaches really are.
While cockroaches are hardy and difficult to eliminate, the biggest risk cockroaches pose is that they can carry and spread dozens of pathogens. So, while you likely find the gross and don’t want them around, they are more than just a nuisance pest.
Most cockroaches have a similar appearance, but there are many different species. In the area, three cockroach species are most common. Here is a brief guide to these species and how to tell them apart:
This species is one of the most common and is chestnut or reddish-brown color. They are also one of the biggest species of cockroaches growing to over two inches in length, and they have a shiny almost greasy appearance.
The German cockroach is smaller than the American cockroach at around 1/2 inch in length and can range from tan to dark brown. The best way to identify them is by the two dark-colored lines running from behind their heads to the base of their wings.
This species is often known as the water bug or black beetle because it is a shiny, black color and looks more like a beetle than other cockroaches in the area.
Why Are Cockroaches So Good At Spreading Diseases?
Cockroaches pose many health risks as they have been known to carry around 35 different diseases including salmonella, cholera, typhoid fever, and many more. They can also trigger asthma attacks and allergies in some people.
But, you might be wondering why they are more likely to spread diseases than most other insects. The reason for this is two-fold. First of all, cockroaches tend to live in places like garbage, sewers, pipes, and around excrement and decay. Secondly, they have spines that look like small spikes, coming out of their legs that are great for picking up debris and pathogens.
Once cockroaches make their way inside a building, they spread the germs on their legs and bodies over the surfaces they come in contact with. They often start spreading around your building before you even notice they’re there. In homes, they tend to hang out in kitchens and bathrooms where they contaminate food sources and surfaces people touch often.
Identifying A Cockroach Problem
If you’ve noticed even one cockroach around your home or business, there are probably many more. While you might see a stray cockroach here or there, other signs of an infestation can be easier to pick up on if you know what to look for, such as:
- Rod-shaped droppings
- Discarded skins
- Small egg casings
- A musty odor
- Brown smear marks
If you notice any of these signs, you likely have an infestation and should seek professional pest control to remove it. However, if you haven’t noticed these signs yet, there are some steps you can take to help prevent cockroaches in the future.
Here are a few of the best prevention tips:
- Empty garbage cans often
- Regularly vacuum and sweep
- Seal off entry points by checking for holes in screens
- Clean up food crumbs and drink spills right after they happen
- Keep your drains clean
Get Help With Cockroach Problems
A cockroach infestation can put you and your family’s health at risk. If you notice any signs of cockroaches around your property, give the pest control experts at Hawx Pest Control a call. Our trained technicians can provide prevention assistance and are also able to remove cockroach infestations from your home and keep them from returning. To find out more, or to book a free inspection, give us a call today.