Cockroaches are some of the hardest pests to deal with in a home. Some cockroaches are over 2 inches long! And some species of Cockroaches can fly. So how do you know if you are dealing with a cockroach or some other pest, and, if they are cockroaches, how do you get rid of them? Our guide to removing cockroaches from your St. Charles home can help.
Types of Cockroaches in Our Area
American Cockroaches - The American Cockroach is the largest of the roaches in Illinois. These pests can be up to 2 and ½ inches long and 1 inch wide. Although they are the largest of the cockroaches, both the male and female roaches have wings and can fly for very short distances. American cockroaches are typically reddish-brown and can very easily be determined by their large size.
Oriental Cockroaches - Oriental Cockroaches have black skin and are typically one inch long. The males and females both have wings but are unable to fly. Despite their name they are believed to have originated in Africa but are found all over the world, including Illinois.
German Cockroaches - The German Cockroach is the most common species of cockroach in the world. These roaches are light brown to tan and have two dark, almost parallel stripes located on their backs directly behind their heads. Luckily for you, these cockroaches can’t fly, but they can scurry across countertops and into your food very quickly.
Can Cockroaches Harm Me?
Cockroaches can contaminate food and other accessible surfaces with their bacteria and excrement. According to the World Health Organization, cockroaches are carriers of the microorganisms that cause diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, leprosy, plague, and typhoid fever among other things. About 26 percent of the U.S. population is sensitive to German cockroach allergens. This can trigger asthma or other allergies.
The Longevity of a Cockroach Invasion
Cockroaches are hardy creatures and can survive a long time without food and water or on very little such as the glue on postage stamps. Getting rid of them and keeping them gone requires homeowners to be diligent and thorough with their cleaning. Make sure you get under heavy appliances when cleaning. Also, make sure screens are intact and all holes into your home are sealed shut. Some cockroaches can live for years so if you aren’t careful, you could have company in your St. Charles home for a long time.
How Do I Get Rid of Cockroaches?
While many retail stores offer roach sprays and bombs, these things can be toxic to children and pets and are not cost-effective. The best solution to a cockroach infestation is a professional solution. Pest Control Consultants offers affordable and effective solutions to dealing with your cockroach infestation. We are dedicated to helping you get rid of the filthy infestation of cockroaches in your home using new and effective methods of pest control. Contact us today for help in ridding your St. Charles home of cockroaches or preventing a future infestation.