What are cockroaches?
Cockroaches are scavenging pests that live in almost every part of the world. These hearty and adaptable pests have learned that where there are people, there is also food and shelter. While most of the world’s cockroaches live outside and away from us, a few have become a significant issue for home and business owners worldwide.
In Illinois, German cockroaches, Oriental cockroaches, and American cockroaches have all made a name for themselves as being unwanted guests inside our structures.
Are cockroaches dangerous?
As unpleasant as it may sound, cockroaches are a threat to human health. Having cockroaches living in your home can affect you and your family’s health in many ways.
As cockroaches feed on decaying organic matter and travel across the ground, they will pick up many parasites, human pathogens, and bacteria on their bodies that can make us ill. After finding their way into our homes, they contaminate food and surfaces with things like salmonella, gastroenteritis, giardia, and E. coli.
Breathing in allergens from their skins and feces can cause asthma; this is especially a problem for young children. The presence of cockroaches can also lead to skin rashes and allergy symptoms like runny noses, watery eyes, and congestion.
When a cockroach infestation grows to a large size, the odor they produce becomes very unpleasant and can even begin to affect the taste of food stored in your home. These pests will also leave a considerable amount of their pepper-like droppings in drawers, cabinets, closets, and on the floors.
Why do I have a cockroach problem?
Cockroaches can become a problem on any property. The cockroach’s excellent climbing abilities and flexible exoskeleton allow them to enter through and hide within almost any cracks or crevice in our home. Their ability to move through small spaces allows these pests to be a constant source of frustration in multi-unit buildings.
Cockroaches often become a problem after moving into a home or business while foraging for food or sources of moisture. Some of their favorite outdoor hiding spots include flowerbeds, trees, gardens, and trash receptacles.
Cockroaches also get into our homes after being transported in inside of used appliances, upholstered furniture, potted plants, and delivery boxes.
Where will I find cockroaches?
It can take some time before you notice cockroaches in your home, mainly because these nocturnal pests are active at night while we sleep and hide during the day. Walking into a kitchen or bathroom in the middle of the night, turning on a light, and seeing oval-shaped insects scurrying out of sight is how homeowners usually discover an infestation.
German, Oriental, and American cockroaches all have high moisture needs and prefer to live in the dark, damp areas of a structure. These scavengers are mostly attracted to places that offer food sources like pantries, kitchens, and bathrooms. While most people don’t store food in the bathroom, cockroaches will feed on toothpaste, soap, and hair.
Some of the cockroaches favorite hideouts include the following:
- Spaces behind refrigerators, sinks, and stoves
- Drain and sump pumps
- Electrical equipment
- The backs of cabinets and drawers
- Behind toilets and bathtubs
- In the cracks of walls
- Behind trim around windows and doors
How do I get rid of cockroaches?
Trust Aerex Pest Control to get rid of cockroaches from your Illinois home or business. Our fast and effective services ensure that cockroaches won’t be inside your structure for a minute longer than necessary!
At Aerex Pest Control, we have over 70 years of pest control experience! Our family owned and operated business is committed to helping people protect their properties from cockroaches and other pests. Our professionals will eliminate and prevent cockroaches by completing a thorough inspection and performing biannual treatments. Reach out today to learn more about our residential or commercial pest control options!
How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?
We have put together a list of practical prevention tips to help you keep cockroaches out of your home.
- Store common foraging sites like garbage cans and compost bins a good distance away from the outside walls of your house.
- After eating outside, don’t leave any food on outdoor tables or at the grill area.
- Remove lawn clutter like leaf piles, excess mulch, and woodpiles from your yard where cockroaches can hide.
- Inspect your home’s outer walls, sealing any opening you find.
- Don’t leave pet food out day and night; after your pet’s mealtime, pick up any leftover food.
- Regularly vacuum your home, especially areas where you eat.
- Reduce excess moisture in your home by repairing leaking pipes and wiping away dampness from around toilets, sinks, and tubs.