All You Need to Know About American Cockroaches In Mount Olive, NC

9/15/2021

Most of the time, cockroaches are not pests you want to waste time thinking about. The less you see or hear the word “cockroach” the better, right? However, when it comes to roaches, you don’t want to be kept totally in the dark. Some things are important to know—like how to keep cockroaches out of your home. Instead of ignoring these disgusting pests, here is a quick guide with all the information you need to know about why cockroaches get in your house and how you can keep them from coming in.

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American Cockroach's Appearance 

There are a few species of cockroaches that could end up in your home. This includes American cockroaches, German cockroaches, Oriental cockroaches, and brown-banded cockroaches. Today, we’re going to focus on American cockroaches, which are the largest of these roaches.

American cockroaches are usually brown or reddish, with a hard shell and wings, though they rarely fly. Even when they do take wing, it’s really only to glide to the ground. American cockroaches are sometimes mistaken for water bugs, but it's important to note that these are, indeed, different insects.

Cockroaches in Your Mount Olive Home

Cockroaches can’t stand very cold temperatures. That means, during the winter, they will try to come inside to escape the cold. Your home is warm enough to allow cockroaches to survive all year. But how do cockroaches come inside? They can get in through small cracks and holes in the exterior of your home. They can even come inside through pipes or vents. However, you may also be unknowingly carrying cockroaches inside. They often hide in boxes, packaging, furniture, or even grocery bags. If you carry any of these items inside without inspecting them first, you may be bringing a cockroach into your home.

Factors That Attract American Cockroaches To Your Mount Olive Home

Besides warmth, there are a couple of factors that might attract cockroaches to your home. These are food and moisture. Cockroaches love damp climates, so they might hide in your bathroom, around the kitchen sink, or in damp crawl spaces. Fix leaky pipes and use a dehumidifier to keep cockroaches away. Food is a little more difficult to control, since cockroaches can survive on very little, and they’ll eat absolutely anything—even other cockroaches. Clean messes promptly and store food in airtight containers to try and prevent a cockroach infestation.

Getting Rid of American Cockroaches

If cockroaches do get in despite these efforts, there are a few things to know. One is that anti-cockroach sprays are often ineffective. American roaches are incredibly resilient, so sometimes sprays don’t work on them; A spray will only target one cockroach at a time, so you won’t be eliminating the other cockroaches that are hiding nearby. Furthermore, these sprays are full of chemicals that can be harmful. Cockroaches are often found in the kitchen, and spraying toxins near your food-prep surfaces can be harmful to your health.

Let Arrest A Pest Exterminators use higher strength products in safe applications. We have the experience needed to quickly and safely eliminate cockroaches in your Mount Olive home. We’ll get rid of cockroaches that are already in your home, and we’ll help you control potential attractants to ensure long-term success. Reach out to the experts at Arrest A Pest Exterminators to learn more about our one-time or recurring pest control options. 

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