If there was a way to remove all cockroaches from the planet without severely hurting the environment, we would do it in a heartbeat. But, cockroaches are useful in nature at breaking down and helping in the decomposition of dead and decaying organic matter. It is only when cockroaches invade homes that they become a serious problem. If you suspect your home has a cockroach infestation, let us help you find out for sure. Here is everything you need to know about roaches.
Common Roaches Around Lincoln
The world is home to many different species of roaches. Here in Lincoln, we only have five that are known for invading homes, brown banded roaches, Oriental roaches, American roaches, German roaches, and Turkestan roaches. Although different in appearance, all roaches have several things in common. For one, all roaches are flat and oval-shaped. This allows them to squeeze into tight gaps and crevices. Roaches prefer to be anywhere their backs and bellies touch a surface at the same time. Common hiding spots for roaches around homes include around basements, beneath appliances, under washers and dryers, and around humid and secluded areas.
Outside homes, cockroaches like to dwell in moist cool areas. Shady yards, hollow trees, mulch, and woodpiles are all common hangouts for roaches looking to stay comfortable. Some roach species have also been found hiding under shingles on top of roofs.
How Cockroaches Get Into Homes
Due to their small size and ability to squeeze through tight spaces, roaches have no trouble getting into homes. Most often, cockroaches will look for gaps, cracks, or spaces in the exterior foundation of homes and use these entry points to invade. It is also common for roaches to use damage to window and door screens, broken door sweeps, and peeling or damaged weather stripping to find their way indoors. There have even been some cases where cockroaches enter homes through sewer lines and/or utility piping.
Factors That Attract Cockroaches
Cockroaches will enter homes for many reasons. Most often, they come inside to search for sources of food and water. These necessities are found in left-out meals, messes around homes, and inside trash cans. Another common reason cockroaches invade is to escape inclement weather outdoors, such as heat, cold, or storms. Sometimes cockroaches aren’t attracted to homes directly but get inside by hiding in items such as furniture or used appliances.
Dangers Of Cockroaches
Cockroaches are just about as dangerous as they look. Although not known for biting and not capable of stinging, cockroaches are capable of spreading a large number of sickness vectors throughout the homes they infest. Salmonellosis, typhoid fever, polio, and dysentery are just a few of the diseases cockroaches can carry and spread. These dangerous diseases are spread through the fecal matter and urine of cockroaches.
On top of spreading sickness, cockroaches also release allergens into the air of the homes they infest in the form of shed skins, urine, and fecal matter. These particulates can trigger asthma attacks and allergic reactions.
How To Prevent Cockroaches
If you suspect your home has a cockroach infestation or you are looking for a reliable way to keep these pests out of your Lincoln home, we offer solutions here at Pro Active Pest Control. By getting our team involved, you sign up for unmatched service and friendly help whenever you need it. Whatever pest problem your home is up against, we have an answer you can trust.
Don’t wait to have cockroaches removed from your home. Give us a call today and give roaches the boot.