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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:

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 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:

  • Salmonellosis
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Dysentery
  • Listeriosis
  • Giardia

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.

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