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What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are invasive and dangerous pests that thrive in a variety of indoor and outdoor environments across the world. Cockroaches have a flattened, oval-shaped body, six legs covered in spines, and long antennas, usually the length of their body. Cockroaches, depending on their exact species, come in a wide variety of colors and sizes. Common colors include brown, black, and mahogany. Most cockroaches have wings, but not all are good at flying or capable of flying. Cockroach nymphs (young cockroaches) look very similar to adults but are smaller and wingless.

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Are cockroaches dangerous?

Yes, cockroaches are dangerous to have living and breeding inside homes and businesses. They pose many significant health risks to people. Before finding their way into your home, they likely were traveling through sewers, drains, garbage piles, excrement, and carrion. Due to their less-than-sanitary travel habits, cockroaches have millions of bacteria, human pathogens, and parasites on their bodies and legs. These things can cause diarrhea, dysentery, and salmonella poisoning (to name only a few) in people.

Cockroaches can quickly contaminate food sources, food-prep areas, and the surfaces of your home with their saliva and excrement. In addition, cockroaches' shed skins and feces trigger allergic reactions or asthma attacks in some people, especially in young children or people with weakened immune systems.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

Cockroaches make their way into homes and businesses while foraging for food. They often enter homes and other buildings on their own through cracks and crevices in foundations, gaps in siding, spaces under and around windows and doors, through vents and open windows, and holes in screens. Cockroaches can enter homes on (or in) used furniture, appliances, cardboard boxes, mail, and potted plants.

Once inside, they move to the areas of your home that mimic their outdoor environment, mainly warm, dark, moist areas. Inside, cockroaches are most often found in kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and crawl spaces. Some cockroach species prefer warm, dry areas and like to live near large appliances or heating elements.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

Controlling cockroaches can be difficult because they live and breed outdoors and can access your home in many different ways. The easiest way to control cockroaches around your home is to contact the cockroach control professionals at All Pest Control and Solutions. Our seasonal, proactive home pest control plans can protect your home and family from cockroaches and other household-invading pests. Serving Salem and the New River Valley areas, our professionals will inspect your property, develop a plan of action, and then implement it! The end result: 100% satisfaction guaranteed cockroach control for your property.

Does All Pest Control and Solutions have any cockroach prevention tips?

Preventing cockroaches from finding their way onto your property and into your home can be difficult, but there are a few things you can do to help deter these household-invading pests.

  • Keep kitchen trash in sealed containers.

  • Regularly wash out and sanitize trash containers.

  • Outdoor trashcans should have locking lids on them.

  • Remove trash regularly from your home and property.

  • Use dehumidifiers to reduce moisture levels in your home.

  • Repair holes in window or door screens.

  • Make sure there is weather stripping placed around all windows and doors.

  • Store fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator.

  • Wipe down kitchen counters and sweep kitchen floors daily.

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