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Why Do I Have Roaches In My St. Charles Home And How Do I Get Them Out?

September 16, 2022

When insects and other creatures are in their peak season, their invasions will likely be frequent. Even if their activity has slowed during hibernation or overwintering, they could be nesting on your property. Once it's time for them to get busy again, they'll be bothering you. Only professional pest control in St. Charles can keep critters from invading your home and cultivating illness, like cockroaches tend to do.

Determining how to keep cockroaches away begins with learning more about why they come indoors. Continue reading to get this information, along with how to manage their massive populations. These bugs procreate quickly. Pest Control Consultants can assist you; we have high-quality cockroach control products.

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Does Seeing One Cockroach In My Home Mean I Have An Infestation?  

Unfortunately, cockroaches are very communal. Again, they reproduce at a fast pace, leading to a high population. It's extremely rare for just one of these insects to be inside your residence or on your lawn. Definitely take action if you spot any during the day, as most are nocturnal. Other signs of cockroaches in your home are:

  • Shed skin: The maturation cycle is complete when the cockroach exoskeleton is shed several times.
  • Fecal droppings: Depending on the species, waste might be circular, have blunt tips, or be gritty. It's usually dark in color. You'll find pellets and particles around surfaces, door frames, drawers, and floor corners.  
  • Eggs and casings: Cockroach eggs are about ⅓ inch long, if not less. Shade-wise, they'll be brown, black, red, or tan.  
  • Odors: These pests give off secretions and communication chemicals that can alter the flavor and scent of food. Their matter is musty.

Two species that persistently bring trouble to domiciles are American and German cockroaches. The reddish-brown American cockroaches are pretty large, growing over two inches long. On the other hand, the German subtype is brown or tan and ½ to ⅝ inch long, with dark stripes on their backs. They have wings but are weak fliers, preferring to run.

Is It Dangerous To Have Roaches In My House?

Cockroaches aren't just exasperating and gross, they are also a danger to your health. Allergies and asthma can be irritated by their dead skin and carcasses. Furthermore, they can spread germs to food and surfaces in your home in a number of ways. They have microbes on their bodies and in their saliva, urine, and feces. Spines on their legs latch to liquids, debris, and objects in the sullied locations they crawl in, such as gutters and streets. Contamination from cockroaches can lead to conditions like salmonellosis and gastroenteritis.

Why Are There Roaches In My House?

Water, food, and warmth are why human dwellings are so attractive to cockroaches. The pests will slip through any cracks and crevices they find. Dark rooms with either a moisture or food source are where they'll settle; this includes bathrooms and kitchens.

What's The Best Way To Get Rid Of Roaches In My Home?

If you want to get rid of cockroaches, you'll have to reduce the factors that draw them or enable them to enter:

  • Mend holes in foundations, windows, doors, and utilities.  
  • Have leaks and moisture malfunctions repaired. 
  • Replace door sweeps and window screens that are tattered.
  • Mow the lawn and trim greenery regularly. 
  • Make sure wood and plants are at least two feet from the property.
  • Carefully clean the kitchen. Wash the dishes, remove garbage, and vacuum carpeting often.   
  • Use canisters with secure lids for food and garbage storage.

The professional avenues we have Pest Control Consultants can enhance your preventative efforts. Our advanced interior and exterior treatments, like baits and perimeter barriers, are safe and effective. Multiple affordable plans are available. Call today for a free inspection!

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