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The Dangers Roaches Bring To Durham Homes

November 30, 2021 - cockroaches

The most common cockroaches found in Durham are American, German, Oriental, and smoky brown cockroaches. These species are similar in appearance and habits; however, they vary from reddish-brown to brown, tan, and even black.

The different species also vary significantly in size from around ½ inch to 3 inches in length. They all have six legs, antennae, and wings, though most cockroaches are not good fliers. Cockroaches in Durham can silently invade homes and businesses alike, either by attraction to your home or by hitchhiking in on deliveries or in bags or boxes.

The Truth Behind The Reputation Of Cockroaches

Cockroaches have a nasty reputation of being vile creatures drawn to dirty and cluttered homes. This is not necessarily the case. A cluttered home certainly makes it harder to see these excellent hiders, providing them the safety of going undetected. Still, the truth is that cockroaches can invade any home or business.

Most cockroaches are attracted to warm, humid environments, making Durham a favorite place for them to dwell. Inside your home, they go to high moisture areas like under kitchen and bathroom sinks or near locations with food like kitchens and pantries. Despite being drawn to food and water sources, cockroaches can survive an amazingly long with no food or water.

What Are The Dangers Of Having A Cockroach Infestation In Your Durham Home?

Besides being a nuisance in your home, cockroaches are known carriers of several diseases and human pathogens. Before making their way into your home, cockroaches have spent their time crawling through filth and garbage and other disgusting environments.

It's no wonder that these insects are super-spreaders of so many diseases. Some of the illnesses they spread are:

  • Salmonellosis
  • Typhoid Fever
  • Cholera
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Dysentery
  • Listeriosis
  • Giardia
  • E. Coli

In addition to causing diseases and illnesses, cockroaches occasionally shed their skin, which can cause allergens released in the environment in which they reside. This can trigger allergic reactions in some people, as well as asthma. Cockroaches can also cause damage to your home if you don't eliminate the infestation. Cockroaches nibble away on soft materials and often stain the fabric of carpets, upholstery, and other cloth surfaces.

The Best Defense Against Cockroaches In Your Durham Home

It's a good idea to inspect deliveries that come into your home for any of these unwanted hitchhikers. It's also a good idea to regularly check the exterior of your home for possible entry points.

Seal up cracks or crevices where cockroaches could gain access into your house, fix window screens when necessary, and install weather stripping on doors and windows to ensure a tight seal. Remove clutter and debris from your yard and inside your home to cut back on places where these pests can hide out.

Inside your home, keep food areas tidy and reduce rooms to consume food to the main living area. Fix any water leaks under sinks and around plumbing fixtures to eliminate these high-traffic cockroach hot spots.

When all efforts to cockroach-proof your home fail, and you find yourself face-to-face with these fearsome foes, don't hesitate to call the professionals at The Eco Man Pest Solutions, LLC. We will use years of experience and eco-friendly products to help you rid your Durham home of cockroaches immediately. We also provide effective commercial pest management solutions for local businesses.

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