There are many different types of cockroaches and most are flat, oval, and reddish-brown in color. They can be up to 2” long and have a yellow figure eight on the back of their heads. They run fast and can fly for short distances. They prefer dark corners and run from the light. Their droppings are similar in size to mouse droppings but are blunt at the ends rather than tapered. Eggs are often stuck to surfaces near food or garbage. They can be removed with light scrubbing, but there will probably be more nearby.
Cockroach Prevention and Control
Cockroach populations vary in size depending on the climate and neighbors. Above all, keeping a clean and sanitary home is key. Vacuuming at least once a week helps eliminate potential food sources, as does keeping food in airtight containers and washing your dishes every night. Plugging your drains will prevent them from crawling in that way. It will also be necessary to examine your home for cracks that cockroaches can utilize to gain access to your home. Keep your pet’s food above the ground and, if possible, put it away when it is not meal time. This will keep the odors of food in your house down and help cut down on the potential liveability of your home. When we come to inspect your home for cockroaches, we make sure to cover all of our bases, ensuring that every possible harborage for cockroaches is eliminated.
Water leaking in your crawl space or attic could also attract cockroaches, so making sure every nook and cranny of your house is secure is the main way to prevent a cockroach infestation.
These insects are difficult to control because they will eat anything and can live without their head for a week. They can also be resistant to conventional pesticides and can take a few days to die after ingesting poison.
The difficulties in eliminating an existing cockroach population range from the expense of pesticides (which may or may not work) to labor-intensive securing of your property. If you fill in all the cracks, a cockroach may still be able to flatten itself and sneak in under a door or through a gap in the window screen.
Chemical traps range from foggers to gel traps and while they may get rid of adult cockroaches eventually, the likelihood of more cockroaches hatching is a real possibility. At Illiana Wildlife and Pest Control, we pride ourselves on ‘pest-proofing’ a home, as well as helping you assess possible entry points and risks. We’re willing to go where you don’t have the time to, including under your house, in your crawl space, even scouting around your property to identify potential cockroach hiding spots.
While cockroaches don’t cause as much structural damage as termites, the diseases they carry with them necessitates hiring a professional. Give us a call today for a quote!