How To Quickly Get Rid Of Roaches In Your Portsmouth Home


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Every homeowner knows they will have to deal with pests like bugs, rodents, birds, and more. One very common pest to find in homes around Portsmouth and all over the country are cockroaches. These creepy pests are long associated with dirt and filth, but can show up in even the cleanest of homes. Homeowners can be quite surprised to know that it does not take much for roaches to get into your home. While they may seem small, cockroaches are a huge nuisance and can be dangerous to humans. Ohio Pest Control knows all about these pesky bugs and wants you to know what to look out for to keep cockroaches out of your Portsmouth home

Cockroach Basics

Cockroaches are highly resilient, adaptable insects. They can survive extreme conditions such as very hot, or very cold temperatures and can also survive more than 40 minutes underwater. Cockroaches are dangerous to humans because they pick up, carry, and spread disease, many of which can be quite harmful to humans. E. Coli, salmonellosis, cholera, gastroenteritis, dysentery, typhoid fever, plague, parasitic worms, streptococcus, and staphylococcus are all among the diseases cockroaches carry. Cockroaches can also trigger allergic reactions as well as worsen asthma in some people. They also leave fecal matter behind, which can later be inhaled by humans. Many cockroach infestations are so well hidden no one knows they are an issue until there is a huge population already settled in. 

Cockroaches hang out in some pretty disgusting places. They love warmth and moisture and will eat almost anything, and are not picky about where it comes from. Roaches like homes and buildings, but also inhabit places like sewers.  Cockroaches are quite resilient, they can survive for a very long time in harsh conditions. They are also becoming more and more resilient to commonly used insecticides. Humans provide easy access to warmth, food, water, and shelter, allowing roaches to thrive without too much work.

Common Cockroach Species Around Portsmouth 

There are over 4,000 species of cockroaches that live in the world; however, much fewer than that live around the United States. In Portsmouth, there are two main species of cockroaches to look out for

  • German cockroach: German cockroaches are the most often seen cockroach in homes around the country. If you have a roach problem, it is highly likely it is a German cockroach. These roaches are oval in shape, with six legs and a pair of antennae at the front of their bodies. German cockroaches are generally a light tan to light brown color, and nymphs are dark brown to black. They have two striped markings on their backs that look parallel. German cockroaches are small, about 1/2 to ⅝ of an inch long. German cockroaches have wings but rarely fly. They are nocturnal by nature; however, will be active during the day if need be.
  • Brown-banded cockroach: Brown-banded cockroaches are quite small, only about ½ an inch long fully grown. They are oval-shaped, and brown in color. Adult males have long wings, and females have underdeveloped wings. Because of their color, they can blend in easily to many wooden surfaces, making them quite hard to spot. Primarily active only at night, these tiny pests can be a big challenge to identify and remove. Brown-banded cockroaches tend to trigger more allergic reactions, including itchy eyes, runny nose, and sneezing. 

What To Do If You See Cockroaches In Your Portsmouth Home

A cockroach infestation is a serious problem and needs professional attention right away. Trying over-the-counter methods may deter a few roaches; however, it will not take care of an infestation. Roaches breed quickly, and if there is one cockroach visible, there are likely many more hidden. Because of the risk of disease, the likelihood that there are hundreds of more roaches, and the reliant nature of cockroaches, you should always call a cockroach control professional to deal with a cockroach infestation. 

There are a few basic ways to prevent a cockroach infestation: 

  • Sanitation is always key to denying cockroaches the food they're looking for.
  • Keep food areas clean.
  • Store food in sealed airtight containers.
  • Clean up after spills and crumbs right away.
  • Store garbage and trash in closed bins. Keep trash areas clean.
  • Declutter, especially cardboard. Roaches love cardboard and hitch a ride into homes through boxes and bags.
  • Clear up yard debris, especially piles of wood and cardboard.
  • Inspect your home for areas of excess moisture and clean it up.
  • Inspect your home for holes, cracks, and other ways cockroaches can get in. Seal these openings up to prevent entry. 

Get Rid of Cockroaches The Right Way — Call Ohio Pest Control 

Don't be afraid to call for help if you suspect roaches in your Portsmouth home. This is a common problem homeowners face every day, and it is always best to keep your home clean and take measures to prevent cockroaches from getting in. If you do have a cockroach concern, manage it quickly and efficiently by calling the professional team at Ohio Pest Control. We will service your home within 24 hours and take measures to prevent the problem from returning. Let us make sure roaches are a thing of the past and keep your family safe from any future cockroach problems. Commercial or residential, we can customize service to your needs. 


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