What Do You Need to Know About Roach Extermination?
Can Cockroaches Damage My Home?
Cockroaches rarely cause lasting structural damage to homes, but that doesn’t mean they can’t wreak havoc on your property in other ways. Roach infestations produce strong, unpleasant smells, clusters of eggs, and scattered droppings resembling coffee grounds.
Removing these blemishes from your property can be challenging—and disgusting—work, so it’s best to stop roach infestations as soon as possible. Cockroaches can also cause severe health problems for the human occupants of buildings they infest, including typhoid, polio, and dysentery. If you see a roach, don’t ignore it—exterminate it ASAP!
How Do Cockroaches Get Into My Home?
Cockroaches can make their way into your home in numerous ways, including:
- Cracks and holes in the exterior of your building
- Hiding inside portable containers (including bags, backpacks, and suitcases)
- Open or poorly-sealed doors and windows
- Pipes and holes in shared walls between buildings
Are There Different Types of Cockroaches to Worry About?
There are currently 5 cockroach species considered as common pests in California:
- German cockroaches
- Brown-banded cockroaches
- Oriental cockroaches
- American cockroaches
- Turkestan cockroaches
Each type of cockroach has its own distinct characteristics and may require unique pest control solutions. Our specialists can accurately identify the type(s) of roaches in your home and create a plan for dealing with them effectively.
How Do I Prevent Cockroach Infestations?
You can reduce your risk of a roach infestation by following a few simple steps:
- Regularly clean grease and food off of surfaces such as floors, counters, and stove-tops.
- Repair any leaks in your plumbing since roaches are attracted to moisture.
- Keep your home well-sealed, paying particular attention to doors and windows.
- Keep an eye out for signs of roaches such as eggs and droppings.