What Are Cockroaches?

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Cockroaches are a diverse group of insects found worldwide, belonging to the order Blattodea. There are approximately 4,000 different species. These insects can be as small as 5mm or grow up to 90mm long, and they have a flattened oval-shaped body with six legs and two antennae on their head. Additionally, cockroaches possess tough exoskeletons that help them protect themselves from harm and survive in harsh climates. Cockroaches are known for being one of the most resilient creatures on the planet, able to live without food and water for months at a time. They also reproduce quickly; some species can produce up to 50 eggs per day! They are known to spread disease, contaminate food, and cause allergies.

Are Cockroaches Dangerous?

Cockroaches are considered dangerous for many reasons. Most notably, they have been known to contaminate food and carry diseases that can harm humans. Furthermore, cockroaches can spread bacteria such as salmonella and E. coli, as well as allergens that can trigger asthma attacks in those who suffer from respiratory conditions. In addition, cockroaches can damage furniture and other household items due to their constant presence inside walls or cabinets. They are also capable of producing loud noises when disturbed. Finally, cockroaches have an unpleasant odor that many people find distasteful and difficult to remove from their homes.

Why Do I Have a Cockroach Problem?

There are several reasons why cockroaches may invade your home or business. If you have poor sanitation habits, such as leaving food out or not disposing of garbage properly, this can attract cockroaches looking for a source of food and water. Additionally, if you have leaks or cracks that allow easy access for the roaches to enter, this could cause an infestation. In some cases, a cockroach problem may occur simply because they have been brought into the environment from another source. This could include grocery bags or boxes previously stored in an area with an existing cockroach population. Dropping items off at a second-hand store can also bring home hitchhiking roaches.

Where Will I Find Cockroaches?

Cockroaches are one of the most common pests in homes. They can be found in all sorts of places, from kitchens and bathrooms to basements and attics. However, the most likely place to find them is in dark, warm, humid areas such as behind sinks, stoves, and dishwashers, under refrigerators, near pet food bowls or litter boxes, and inside cupboards or cabinets. They may also hide within walls or ceilings. Cockroaches generally come out at night when it is dark and quiet to feed on any available food source, but they may also be active during the day.
How Do I Get Rid Of Cockroaches?

The professional pest control technicians at Kansas City Pest Control use various methods to help remove cockroaches. The most common methods include baiting with insecticides, spraying with insecticide dust or liquids, setting up traps, and sealing off entry points. Insecticides are the most common method as they can quickly exterminate large numbers of roaches in a short period. Our dusts and sprays can be effective if applied correctly and directly to hiding spots where cockroaches tend to congregate, such as crevices and cracks near appliances, cabinets, food storage areas, and other moist locations. Our traps are useful for monitoring infestations by targeting specific areas for trapping roaches that may not be visible during inspection. Lastly, sealing off potential entry points can prevent future infestations by blocking cockroaches from accessing sites of food and water.

How Do I Prevent Cockroach Infestations in the Future?
To prevent a cockroach infestation in the future, start by eliminating any potential sources of food and water. Store food in airtight containers and clean up spills or crumbs promptly. Fix any plumbing leaks and ensure no standing water is present around your home. Seal all cracks, crevices, and other entry points with caulking and steel wool to prevent roaches from entering your home. Keep humidity levels low by running a dehumidifier in areas where moisture may be an issue. Lastly, use bait stations or insecticides, as needed, to rid your home of existing cockroaches. By following these tips, you can effectively prevent a cockroach infestation from developing in the future.

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