American cockroaches are hard to locate, hard to control, and hard to keep out. Why are they such frustrating pests? They've been pestering us for centuries, and in all of those years, they've probably learned a thing or two. So, what is the best way to get rid of them? There are a few cockroach facts you must consider as you decide what you want to do. Join us as we explore these facts. We'll discuss how difficult it is to detect American cockroaches, how these pests impact human health, why it's hard to keep them out, and what works best to get rid of cockroaches. For assistance with a current roach control issue, navigate to our contact page for professional cockroach pest control in Durham. The service team at The Eco Man Pest Solutions is happy to help.
Spotting One American Cockroach Almost Certainly Means More
Have you ever heard this said? Do you know why seeing one American cockroach is almost certain proof that you have more? It's because these roaches are rarely seen until their populations have exceeded available food resources—which means there are a ton of cockroaches hiding out of sight. Here are facts you should know.
- Cockroaches can eat a crazy number of things. They'll eat the food you eat. They'll eat decaying food long after you'd eat it. They'll eat fabrics, cardboard, paper, toothpaste, dead skin, hair, feces, and more. It is hard to starve cockroaches because they eat so many things. So, if the population of cockroaches is too large for the food available in your home, it is likely that you have thousands of roaches.
- Cockroaches are nocturnal insects. If you see one come out during the day, that is a very bad sign. We can say for certain that you would not want to see an x-ray of your home. Your wall, floor, and ceiling voids have lots of roaches.
- Cockroaches are attracted to tight spaces. While American cockroaches are the largest roaches that get into Durham homes, they can compact their bodies and slip underneath objects in your home, such as a carpet. You can walk into a room and not realize there are roaches right underneath your feet. They'll also squeeze into the tight spaces between wood floors and subflooring.
- Cockroaches reproduce quickly. There is no chance that you only have one cockroach in your home. The cockroach you see has family members hiding in your home, and that family is getting bigger by the day. That's the reality of an American cockroach infestation.
Most of the time, you won't see cockroaches. You'll only see warning signs of a cockroach infestation, such as roach droppings, shed cockroach exoskeletons, oothecae (egg cases), egg casings (broken egg cases), or you'll detect a smell. If you find a cockroach in your house, that's just bad news.
Why American Cockroaches Are Considered Dangerous
The World Health Organization sums it up best. Cockroaches are "unhygienic scavengers in human settlements." This is the root of the problem. They crawl in trash bins and dumpsters. They move through sewer culverts. They crawl on compost. They feed on carcasses and animal feces. They are just plain-ol-disgusting. When cockroaches invade your home, they carry harmful organisms in with them. Here are some facts you should know.
- Cockroaches are reported to spread at least 33 kinds of bacteria, including salmonella and E. coli. These can cause stomach ailments and create health risks for the elderly, children, and the infirm.
- Cockroaches are known to carry and spread at least seven kinds of human pathogens, such as poliovirus.
- Cockroaches pick up and spread at least six kinds of parasitic worms. The worms cockroaches collect in urban environments include Ascaris, Trichuris, Capillaria, Toxcara, Hook Worm, and Eimeria. These worms are ingested and get into the intestines, where they cause discomfort before eventually being expelled.
- The shed skins of cockroaches are known allergens. Recent studies show that cockroach infestations increase hospitalizations for those who suffer from asthma, particularly children.
American cockroaches are not clean insects. Their skins, saliva, and excrement are all sources of contamination. They contaminate stored foods, surfaces, and toothbrushes, and they climb on people while they sleep. When a cockroach passes over your skin while you sleep, you can wake up with a rash. If a cockroach feeds on the dead skin around your eyes, it can accidentally bite you and cause a welt. You could also get conjunctivitis.
In light of the many ways cockroaches can impact human health, we highly recommend professional pest control for the control of American cockroaches. It is best to seek professional assistance to address the cockroaches in your home.
How And Why American Cockroaches Find Their Way Into Our Homes
It is hard to keep cockroaches out of homes because of their unique abilities. An American cockroach can compact its body to more than half its height, which is quite low already. Cockroaches can scale walls at full speed and run across ceilings. On a hot day, American cockroaches can fly. Their advanced mobility is one reason why American cockroaches can find their way into our homes.
American cockroaches are attracted to landscaping. They have a high moisture requirement and prefer to hide under leaves and in damp vegetation. In tropical and subtropical areas, they hide under Palmetto leaves. That is why they're often called Palmetto bugs. Their love of landscape vegetation brings them near our homes and increases the risk of them finding a route to come indoors.
Another zone near your home that attracts cockroaches is the area where you keep your trash receptacles. Cockroaches are attracted to poor sanitation. If you have a stinky receptacle, you'll attract cockroaches from a distance. When roaches come near, they'll notice tiny gaps and cracks in your exterior and squeeze right in.
American cockroaches aren't just adept at squeezing into tight spaces, they are prone to doing so. It is not commonly understood, but in a tight space, a cockroach can relax. Why? Because roaches are top-heavy. That's why you find cockroaches lying on their backs when they die. While alive, they're always clinging to surfaces, even the floor. That takes energy. So a cockroach likes to tuck itself into a gap or crack so it can relax. When it sees an entry point in your exterior, it can't help itself. It is going to squeeze right in. It is also equipped to do so. When it compacts its body, its legs shoot out to the sides and it scrambles to wedge itself in. Cracks are inviting. That's why American cockroaches find their way in—and why it is hard to keep them out.
Total Residential Cockroach Extermination Services
It is not good to have American cockroaches in your Durham residence, but it is equally bad to use harmful materials to control cockroaches. These insects are resistant to many control products and can pick them up and spread them around your home. For total elimination of cockroaches, we strongly recommend selecting a company like The Eco Man Pest Solutions.
- We use Integrated Pest Management (IPM), which is the gold standard of eco-friendly pest control. IPM puts an emphasis on smart, science-based solutions first, and a limited application of control materials only when warranted.
- IPM methods are often 100 percent all-natural. For example, exclusion work blocks access points into your home and provides a long-lasting layer of protection. Our technicians use appropriate materials that will blend in with the materials of your home.
- IPM solutions target the source of infestations, such as breeding sites and attractants. Since American cockroaches are drawn to unsanitary environments, and unsanitary conditions increase the risk of cockroach-related illness, cleaning services offer unmatched deterrence without the use of control materials—or they add extra control when materials are needed.
- When control materials are used, we apply them according to strict protocols and in appropriate locations. American cockroaches are harmful pests, and control materials are often necessary in light of the many ways these insects impact human health. It is best to have a licensed and experienced technician apply professional-grade products in an appropriate way.
Do you live in Durham? If so, contact The Eco Man Pest Solutions for help with addressing a cockroach infestation in your home or business. Our technicians can guide you in finding a solution that will work for you. We can also provide guidance in selecting year-round pest control to keep cockroaches and other pests out of your Durham home or business all year long. We use appropriate treatments in appropriate seasons to ensure that you always have the protection you need.
If you're outside of our service area, find a company like The Eco Man Pest Solutions—one that uses Integrated Pest Management and sanitation services to provide the highest level of cockroach control with the least amount of control materials. There is no sense in replacing one health concern with another. Always select environmentally friendly pest control. It is the best choice for your family and your community.
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