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What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are very common pests that can be found invading homes and businesses all around the globe. In fact, there are there are roughly 4,000 species of cockroaches found around the world. Thankfully, only four of those species can be found invading homes and businesses regularly here in Delaware and throughout surrounding states.

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Although cockroaches come in a variety of shapes and sizes, all cockroach species have some similarities. In general, cockroaches range in size from .7 inches to 3 inches, have flat, oval-shaped bodies, and though many species have wings, most species can't actually fly. Finally, cockroaches are fast and agile, making them extremely difficult to catch.

The species found in our area include:

  • American cockroach (Periplaneta Americana)

  • German cockroach (Blattella Germanica)

  • Oriental cockroach (Blatta Orientalis)

  • Brown-banded cockroach (Supella Longipalpa)

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Cockroaches pose a number of serious health risks when they enter any home. These risks come in the form of diseases they carry, bacteria they pick up while traveling through unsanitary locations, and even their shed skin and fecal matter which have been known to trigger asthma attacks in some people!

Some of the harmful illnesses cockroaches can cause include:

  • Salmonella poisoning

  • Diarrhea

  • Dysentery

  • Asthma attacks

  • Typhoid Fever

  • Plague

  • Gastroenteritis

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

Cockroaches will invade homes to gain access to their three main needs: food, moisture, and shelter. If you're dealing with cockroaches within your home, chances are it is providing cockroaches with these three necessities:

Food. Cockroaches are omnivorous insects that seek out organic food sources to sustain them. Inside your home, this could be anything from soda spilled on the floor to a piece of chicken that has fallen under the stove, and anything in between!

Moisture. Although cockroaches survive for weeks without water, they still need a source of water in order to survive and thrive. These pests can find water sources in your home in the form of a leaky faucet or pipe or in the areas of your home with high moisture levels such as your basement or in crawl spaces.

Harborage. When looking for shelter, cockroaches seek out areas that are dark, damp, and secluded, and our basements and storage areas make the perfect spot!

 How do I get rid of cockroaches?

When dealing with cockroaches around your home, it can be hard to find a solution without professional pest control. Here at Green Pest Management, we offer just that. If you are looking for a way to get and keep cockroaches out of your home, give the quality pest technicians here at Green Pest Management a call! We'd be happy to send someone your way to help solve your pest problems as soon as possible! For more information about our cockroach removal services, reach out to us today!

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

The sad truth when it comes to cockroaches is that do-it-yourself methods almost always fall short. Additionally, many store-bought pesticides for cockroaches can pose a threat to you and your family's health, especially if used improperly. For this reason, your best solution is here with Green Pest Management. We'd be happy to help!

To learn more about our cockroach control options, give us a call!


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