The simple fact is that roaches are everywhere. Keep your home in pristine condition? You can still get roaches. Have a neighbor with an overgrown lot? You can get roaches. It doesn’t matter who you are or where you live, roaches could be a serious problem. Once they enter your home, they’re not going anywhere in the near future without professional help.
Does It Matter?
Aside from the “ewww” factor, is there any reason to worry about roaches? Absolutely. Not only are they unclean and simply disgusting, but they are also quite unhealthy and can trigger allergy attacks or even asthma. Roaches can contaminate a person’s home with their feces and have also been suspected in the spread of about 33 different types of bacteria, including ecoli and salmonella. They have even been found to spread mold since they seem to go everywhere so they can transport all sorts of things.
How are They Getting In?
It is important to know how roaches enter one’s home. They can enter your home through cracks in the wall, under the door, through holes in the window screen, through vents, through sewers and by way of pipes. They can also hitch a ride from their human hosts so be careful when you enter your home since one might actually be on your body, your purse, your grocery bag or on the goods that you purchase. Simply put, since roaches are everywhere you have to be very cautious with what you bring into the house.
It’s also important to note that once they are inside they reproduce quite quickly. When they lay their eggs the gestation period for their eggs is only 6 to 8 weeks. The lifespan of an American roach is 1 to 1 ½ years and since they can reproduce quite often they can easily cause havoc in your home since a female can have about 150 offspring during her lifespan.
Roaches are normally nocturnal insects so if you see one during the day that is a very good indication that you have a serious infestation. Another sign of an infestation is when you see their feces. Their feces looks like coffee grounds, and the more you see, the worse the infestation is. Other indicators of an infestation is an unpleasant musty odor that they can emit, dead roaches or their eggs, which normally will be laid behind walls but can also be laid behind appliances, furniture and other hidden locations.
If you believe you have an infestation, attempting to eradicate them yourself can be quite difficult so it’s best to contact a professional pest control service like Ransford Environmental Services. DIY pest control never works with roaches. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help.