How Dangerous Is It To Have Roaches In My Elk Grove Home?

A cockroach sitting on a countertop.

Every single day, we put our lives in danger in one way or another. Fortunately, we have adapted to reduce our chances of getting hurt. One example of this is that we look both ways before crossing the street. Another way we avoid getting hurt is by keeping pests out of our homes. The cockroach is a dangerous pest that lives in our area and poses a serious health risk to residents. If you are looking for a way to keep these invasive bugs from invading your Elk Grove home, here are some things you should know.

What Makes Cockroaches Dangerous

Nature is full of trash and decaying organisms that would build up if something didn't break them down. Cockroaches are that something. These pests are adept at consuming and processing items that most other creatures would not consider eating. As helpful as this is for our environment, it often causes serious problems inside homes. If you didn't know, things like decaying organisms are often a host to dangerous bacteria, pathogens, and parasitic worms.

As cockroaches consume animal carcasses, trash, and other dirty things, they pick up these disease-causing organisms. They then spread these sickness vectors throughout homes they infest off their bodies and through their fecal droppings. This is one way cockroaches get people sick.

The other way cockroaches get people sick is by shedding their skin and leaving their fecal droppings throughout homes. These dry byproducts then break down into dust-like particles and are picked up into the air by indoor ventilation. If you have asthma, allergies, or other respiratory problems, these particular irritants may cause you breathing problems.

Why Cockroaches Invade Homes

Unlike many other creatures that live in our area, cockroaches do not prefer to live outdoors. They find it much more comfortable to reside inside man-made structures. More specifically, they like our homes that provide them with ample food, water, and shelter. These pests gain access to these three necessities by invading kitchens, sheltering inside wall voids, behind kitchen appliances, and sipping up moisture from bathrooms and laundry rooms. 

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Tips To Prevent Cockroaches

Fingers crossed, your home does not already have a cockroach problem. If this is the case, here are some helpful DIY prevention tips to keep these pests outside where they belong:

  • Clean up your yard of stick piles, leaves, and clutter.
  • Trim back bushes and greenery to create a five-foot dry perimeter around your home's exterior.
  • Purchase a caulking gun and use it to fill in holes, gaps, and cracks around the exterior foundation of your home.
  • Repair damages to your home's window/door screens.
  • Make sure your weatherstripping is in good condition.
  • Fix leaks in your home's piping and plumbing.
  • Clean out your gutters once a year and ensure they are not cracked.
  • Thoroughly clean your home once a season and keep up with food messes and drink spills as they occur.

The Benefits of Professional Cockroach Control

The second you find out your home has a cockroach problem, you should take action to get these dangerous insects out. At Pro Active Pest Control, we offer our clientele advanced pest control services. It all starts with a thorough inspection of your home and property for pest pressures. Next will be elimination services to remove any current threats. Finally, we will establish lasting barrier treatments to ensure any future pest problems stay out of your home where they belong.

Contact us now to learn more and find a time to have your Elk Grove home and property treated for cockroaches.