The Truth About Cockroach Dangers In Pleasonton Homes
September 15, 2020
Out of all the pests in Pleasanton, cockroaches may be the ones you should fear the most. Find out why cockroaches are so dangerous and learn what you can do to keep them from harming you or your family.
In this area, there are several types of cockroaches that invade homes. The German cockroach is perhaps the most frequent offender. This insect grows to about one inch long and is light brown in color. The American cockroach is even larger, growing to be as long as two inches. It's darker than the German roach and is typically reddish-brown with a lighter head. Although not seen as frequently inside homes, the Oriental cockroach is also in Pleasanton. It can be up to 1.25 inches long. Fortunately, you don't need to be able to identify which type of roach is in your home. As soon as you find one, you should call a pest control professional.
Are They All Dangerous?
It doesn't matter which type of cockroach is in your home. Any roach is a pest, and any roach is bad news. All of the local cockroaches have barbs on their legs. When they walk around, cockroaches pick up particles that stick to their barbs. Because they tend to hang out in places with ample pathogens and bacteria, roaches can pick up some nasty diseases. They bring those diseases into your home or business and contaminate your surfaces. If you have any food out, your food could be contaminated.
Cockroaches can also trigger asthma and allergies. At times, their feces or shed skins cause respiratory reactions. While homeowners are often greatly affected by roach infestations, business owners have even more to lose. A customer could become ill and file a lawsuit or create enough publicity to ruin a business.
Can You Tell When There Are Cockroaches?
Sometimes, property owners don't know they have a cockroach problem until they find the insects crawling around. But, by then, it may be too late. Cockroaches are excellent at hiding and often go unnoticed. Keep an eye out for other signs of an infestation to catch the problem early on. Look for the following:
- Egg casings
- Foul smell
- Shed insect skins
- Feces that look like pepper
- Chewed cardboard and other property
- Brown smear marks
If you see any signs of roaches, call in an expert. They can confirm whether or not you have an infestation and take steps to remove the roaches.
Before cockroaches take over your property, you should take some measures to deter them. First, limit moisture in your home or business. Many types of roaches are attracted to areas of high moisture. Use dehumidifiers in rooms with high moisture and install vents in your bathroom or kitchen.
Taking away food sources also deters cockroaches. If you have crumbs or unsealed food, cockroaches will have access to food. Vacuum and mop your floors, clean your counters and seal up your food. If your garbage cans don't have lids that seal, replace them with ones that do.
Finally, you can prevent roaches by making sure they don't have easy access to your home or business building. Torn screens, holes in walls, and gaps under doors make it easy for cockroaches to get into your property. Make your home or business less accessible by fixing your screens and installing door sweeps. You can use sealant or caulk fill in holes in the foundation and outer walls.
If you see signs of cockroaches in your home or business, don't put your health at risk and don't endanger your household. Contact the professionals at Patriot Pest Management right away and keep your Pleasanton home safe.