How Dangerous Are The Cockroaches In Portsmouth?


a cockroach crawling in a kitchen

Portsmouth home and business owners have a lot of responsibilities and tasks to stay on top of. Keeping up with pest management can become a low priority for them, in order to make room for matters that seem much more pressing. The fact is that blocking out insects and creatures is more crucial than people realize. Many reproduce very quickly and can penetrate a building with great ease. In the blink of an eye, you can have an issue that’s out of hand. Therefore, deterrence is paramount. Dealing with critters after they’ve shown up is harder. This is the case with cockroaches. You might be surprised, but there are multiple species of cockroaches. All are a threat, and some are more destructive than others. You can find out now, how local subclasses can affect you and your property. Additionally, you’ll discover how Ohio Pest Control can assist you.

What Cockroaches Are Common in Portsmouth? What Are the Risks?

American and German cockroaches are quite prevalent in the Portsmouth area and are known for invading homes and businesses. American bugs are reddish brown and 3 inches long. The adults of the German variety are tan or brown and 0.51 to 0.62 of an inch long. Vehement runners, they barely use their wings. The young they birth are totally black and have no wings. Both have black bands near their heads that are horizontal. Most cockroaches are the busiest at nighttime, so seeing them in broad daylight usually means there’s an infestation. Other signals include:

  • Droppings: American feces are ridged and have globular ends. German feces are peppery and grainy. Excrement is normally left on surfaces and door frames, and in drawers and floor corners. 

  • Eggs: Cockroach eggs can be as long as 1 inch. Color-wise, they are often red, brown, black, or tan. You’ll probably see them in the basement, kitchen, or bathroom.

  • Odors: Foul smelling or “musty” secretions and communication chemicals come from these bugs. The taste and scent of food can change when in contact with the substances. 

Cockroaches are dangerous because they can jeopardize the state of human health. On their skin are a myriad of germs, twice as much are in their saliva, urine, and feces. Before these insects enter your home or business, they’ve been crawling around in trash cans, street-ways, gutters, and other unsanitary settings. The spines on their legs grab onto the objects, liquids, dirt, and bacteria they come across. And remnants of all of that will be in your food and on your surfaces. Later, you or someone else might become ill. Cockroaches have been tied to pathogens, viruses, gastroenteritis, salmonella, allergic reactions, asthma attacks, and then some. As if that weren’t bad enough, American cockroaches ruin fabrics and paper.

What Can Be Done to Prevent Cockroaches?

To avoid cockroach populations, institute theses changes:

  • Patch up holes in foundations, windows, doors, and utilities 

  • Have leaks, faulty fixtures, and other moisture problems repaired

  • Add sweeps to all exterior doors 

  • Regularly trim greenery and cut grass 

  • Distance plants and flowers a few feet away from the property 

  • Use containers with secure lids for food and garbage storage 

  • Routinely take out the trash 

  • Frequently vacuum, clean kitchens, and wash dishes

What Can Ohio Pest Control Do About Cockroaches?

The experienced technicians at Ohio Pest Control will thoroughly survey your property to identify cockroach nests and entry points. Vulnerabilities will be addressed accordingly with powerful treatments designed to eliminate these gross insects and you’ll see fast results. Don’t worry about the intensity of our solutions; all are safe for humans, domestic animals, and vegetation. Our services are wide-ranging and affordable. Give us a call today at Ohio Pest Control; we can’t wait to help you!


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