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There is nothing worse than turning on the lights and seeing a cockroach scurry across the room, back into its hiding place between your walls. Nobody wants these resilient pests sneaking around their house — if someone sees a roach in their bedroom, don’t be surprised if they decide to sleep on the couch later that night.
Roaches can survive on whatever food source is nearby, including hair, sewage or sweets and have been known to carry diseases such as Salmonella, Staphylococcus, Streptococcus and Escherichia coli.
Cockroaches have been around a long time. Although there are over 4,500 species of cockroaches around the world — 55 of which are found in the United States — you only have to worry about four species that like to move in: German, brown-banded, oriental and American cockroaches.
These vile pests love to hang around your home, so if you see them crawling around, the professional at Harris are here to help with cockroach extermination that will evict these unwelcome guests for good.
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These native pests love to inhabit sewers and basements in warm climates and typically feed off sewage and decaying snacks. They are a postal service for disease, spreading 33 kinds of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms and numerous other contagious human pathogens. The germs they carry in their body can remain infective for weeks, and recent studies have shown that cockroaches also carry allergens that may cause asthma in young children. These allergens stick around from cockroach droppings, cast skins and carcasses.
Good sanitation and sealing cracks in the walls can help reduce cockroach populations, but a lot of the time, it’s not that simple. Harris Termite & Pest Control focuses on total cockroach control to make sure they stay out for good.
These bugs love to crawl around in filthy spots like sewer pipes and thrive in warm temperatures from 68 to 84 degrees. They tend to find a way into homes through crawl spaces and cracks. Oriental cockroaches are extremely resilient and can survive for weeks without water and up to a month without food.
They have a shorter lifespan than American cockroaches (only around 110 to 160 days), but they reproduce in large numbers. The females can have over eight egg cases with 16 eggs per case in a lifetime. Professional roach control is a necessity if you spot one of these in or around your home, because they quickly multiply.
These sneaky pests carry food-borne pathogens and other diseases on their legs and bodies that they pick up while chowing down on decaying foods. These blackish-brown roaches leave noticeable droppings and an unpleasant odor, which they secrete to communicate with other roaches. If you spot one of these dark, stinky bugs, contact us for quick cockroach extermination.
If you have a roach problem in your home, the German species is probably the culprit, as they’re the most common species in the United States. They like to hide in dark corners during the day and scurry around at night for rotting foods and beverage residues.
If you spot one during the day, there is a good chance the population is much larger than you think. One of their favorite places to inhabit is dresser drawers, and if you see a group scatter in non-food areas, you probably have an infestation on your hands.
Cleaning up your home is the first step to avoiding these pests, but we recommend professional roach control from a Harris Professional. Stay one step ahead of these elusive pests with monthly cockroach pest control.
Brown-banded cockroaches are a smaller species that love to inhabit warm environments, typically above 80 degrees Fahrenheit. These insects love to camp out in storage attics and other ceiling foundations.
Like most cockroach species, they like to search for food at night but may hunt during the day for a snack. These cockroaches eat just about anything, and some of their unusual favorites are wallpaper glue and book bindings.