What are cockroaches?
Cockroaches are hearty insects that have withstood the test of time. Many species live worldwide, mostly outside and away from people; but, some have learned the benefits of living near us. Scavenging insects, cockroaches will take advantage of any food they come across. Although their eating habits are helpful when living out in nature, they are unwanted when living in our homes.
Knowing the physical features of a cockroach is important to get help as soon as you noticed their presence in and around your home. Their flat oval body is covered in a hard shell (exoskeleton) to protect them from being squished. A protective shield covers their head and is angled downward to help them search for food more efficiently. Cockroaches are typically dark in color to help keep them stay hidden. Many but not all cockroaches have wings that fold over their backs. While a lot of cockroaches are winged, most are weak flyers or don't fly at all.
The warm, humid weather in South Carolina allows many different species of cockroaches to thrive, including the following:
- German cockroaches
- American cockroaches
- Brown-banded cockroaches
- Smokybrown cockroaches
- Oriental cockroaches
Are cockroaches dangerous?
A cockroach feeds and lives in some less than sanitary environments. Sewers, drains, garbage, and decaying plant and animal matter are all common stomping grounds for cockroaches. As they travel, it is only natural to pick up a wide variety of bacteria, parasites, and human pathogens on their bodies. After cockroaches find a way into our homes or businesses, they will contaminate surfaces and food with things that can make people quite ill.
Below are just some of the illnesses cockroaches can spread:
Another negative to having cockroaches living in your home is they emit pheromones that create an unpleasant musty odor and affect the taste of food. Their shed skins and excrement also trigger allergy symptoms in many people, and in children trigger asthma attacks.
Why do I have a cockroach problem?
As scavengers, cockroaches are on the constant lookout for sources of food. Cockroaches are social and live together in large groups. Their prolific breeding habits mean that large populations of cockroaches quickly develop wherever there is a reliable source of food present. Cockroaches living outside will find a way into our homes and businesses while out foraging for food, or we can accidentally introduce them into structures in things like boxes, electronics, used appliances, and deliveries.
Where will I find cockroaches?
Except for brown-banded cockroaches, the cockroaches that live in our area prefer to live in areas that provide them with a damp, dark environment. Outside, cockroaches will hide within woodpiles, behind tree bark, in flower beds under mulch, and near garbage containers. Inside homes, we regularly find cockroaches behind large appliances, around drains, in drawers, behind sinks and tubs, and in the backs of cabinets.
Brown-banded cockroaches differ because they prefer a dry environment away from areas of moisture and humidity. Inside our structures, they migrate towards the ceiling, and you'll find them hiding in the tops of cabinets and in the attic. They also regularly hide in furniture.
How do I get rid of cockroaches?
An issue with cockroaches can pop up in any South Carolina home or business at any time. The best way to quickly get rid of them is to partner with an experienced professional. At Greenville Pest Control, we will eliminate invading cockroaches from your home and implement regular services to prevent a re-infestation.
If you live in the Greenville, South Carolina area and are experiencing problems with cockroaches, reach out to the local professionals at Greenville Pest Control. We will always go above and beyond for our customers, solving pest problems while having your family's safety at the forefront of everything we do. To learn more about our residential or commercial pest control services, give us a call today!
How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?
- Denying cockroaches access to food is the best way to prevent problems with these scavengers. Keep lids on trash cans, pick up unwanted pet food, keep grill areas free of food debris, and keep kitchens neat and tidy.
- Eliminate sources of water by immediately repairing pipes or faucets you notice are leaking.
- Seal any openings in your home's exterior that may allow wandering cockroaches to move into your home.
- Place covers over vents and drains leading into your house.
- Always inspect boxes, containers, and used items for signs of cockroaches before bringing them inside.