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Frequently Asked Questions About Cockroaches

What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are broad oval-shaped insects; most are brown, black, or reddish-brown. Cockroaches have wings, but not all species fly. We can also identify these pests by their long, thin antennae, small heads, and six spiny legs.

In our region, the most common types of cockroaches that find their way into our outdoor and indoor spaces include American, German, Turkestan, and oriental cockroaches. Cockroaches are generally attracted to moisture, warmth, and food. Resilient and adaptable, cockroaches can be successful almost anywhere, including our Elk Grove homes. Reach out to us today for help with pest control in Elk Grove, CA.

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Are cockroaches dangerous?

Cockroaches trigger allergic reactions and asthma attacks and spread harmful bacteria and pathogens. They are not pests you want to share your house with. Additionally, these pests can damage personal belongings by chewing holes in them and staining walls and upholstery with their excrement. As cockroaches forage for food, they contaminate surfaces, food, utensils, dishes, and more with bacteria and pathogens that can make you and your family ill.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

Cockroaches can become very problematic because once they find a way into your home and establish themselves, they are nearly impossible to eliminate without professional help. It is essential to know that if you find a cockroach in your house, many more are hiding.

Cockroaches get into our homes by coming in through spaces in exterior walls, windows, and doors. They can also enter through vents and drains. Moisture and food odors are the main attractants of cockroaches.

These pests can also enter our homes more passively by hitchhiking inside on various things. When they hide in a box or inside secondhand items like used furniture or appliances, they move from one structure to another.

Where will I find cockroaches?

You can find cockroaches in any Elk Grove home. Many people think that only dirty or cluttered homes experience issues with cockroaches, but the truth is that any home, no matter how meticulously clean it is, can house cockroaches. Cockroaches are scavengers and feed on the foods we eat and non-food items like shed hair, fingernails, paper, glue, and toothpaste.

When cockroaches enter our homes, they hide in tight, dark spaces during the day and emerge to forage for food at night. Because cockroaches are primarily nocturnal and hide out of sight, it can take homeowners some time to notice an infestation. Unfortunately, the longer cockroaches are in your house, the larger the infestation becomes and the more difficult they are to remove.

Some of the cockroach's favorite hideouts include the backs of drawers, cabinets, and appliances, behind wood trim or loose backsplash, inside cardboard boxes, and within cluttered areas.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

The best way to get rid of cockroaches and control them in the future is to partner with a pest control professional. Cockroach infestations are difficult to eliminate, and these insects pose health threats to your family. Professionals understand how critical it is to remove these pests from your home.

When you share your house with cockroaches, there is no way for you to feel comfortable; we want to help you remove these pests and rest easy once again. Bell Pest Control offers cost-effective, comprehensive pest control services you can count on to solve your cockroach problems. For cockroach control in Elk Grove, reach out today.

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

To keep cockroaches out of your Elk Grove home, take advantage of the following cockroach prevention tips:

  • Regularly vacuum your house, especially commonly forgotten areas like under appliances and large pieces of furniture.
  • Because cockroaches like to hide within clutter, keep storage areas clear of excess debris and well organized.
  • Regularly remove trash from your home and store it outside in containers with tight-fitting lids.
  • Address moisture issues that could attract the attention of cockroaches by repairing leaky pipes, ensuring good ventilation, and installing quality weatherstripping around windows and doors.

For year-round cockroach control, partner with us at Bell Pest Control.

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