Cockroach Identification

What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are scavenging insects that will take advantage of any property that offers them food and shelter. They are very adaptable and have no problem making almost any home or business in Portsmouth into their own as long as food and moisture are available. Cockroaches are oval-shaped insects with wings (though most species are poor fliers). They also have six legs and a long antennae. Cockroaches come in a variety of sizes and color patterns, which helps to identify the individual species. 

close up of a cockroach in portsmouth ohio

If cockroaches have found a way into your Ohio home or business, they are most likely German cockroaches, American cockroaches, or Oriental cockroaches. These three species are the most common invaders of structures across much of the United States.

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Spreading allergens and pathogens and triggering asthma attacks, cockroaches are not creatures we want in our homes living beside us. As they move around our homes, cockroaches leave behind excrement and shed skins and their saliva contaminates our food. Cockroaches are also responsible for spreading many diseases that make people ill, such as the following:

  • Salmonellosis
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Listeriosis
  • Giardia
  • E.coli

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

As omnivores, cockroaches will eat just about anything they come across. A wide diet, combined with being too comfortable living with people, makes them a problematic pest. Things that often attract cockroaches to a property include outdoor eating areas, trash cans, compost, and other sources of organic matter they could use as a food source. They also gravitate to moist areas like wet mulch, low lying areas, and leaky pipes.

Cockroaches can squeeze their bodies through tiny spaces to get into structures, usually while out foraging for food. In addition to finding their way inside on their own, cockroaches often accidentally get inside in deliveries, grocery bags, or used furniture or appliances. These insects are prolific breeders, so just a few finding a way inside can lead to a large infestation quickly!

Where will I find cockroaches?

Cockroaches are a major pest inside homes, restaurants, and anywhere else that food is prepared or stored. Cities tend to have large populations of cockroaches because of the mass number of people available to provide them with the food and shelter they are looking for. It is important to understand that whether you live in the city, the country, or anywhere in between, you can experience problems with cockroaches.

Outside, cockroaches hide near garbage, sewers, drains, in garden areas, and behind tree bark. Inside, they live in damp areas of a home. Some places you'll find invading cockroaches include:

  • Behind refrigerators and other major appliances.
  • In cabinets or behind walls near sinks, tubs, and toilets.
  • Near sump pumps, drains, and electrical equipment.
  • In drawers, closets, and utility rooms.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

Partner with a trustworthy and experienced professional to accurately identify and treat the cockroaches that have found a way onto your Ohio property. We know how stressful a cockroach infestation is and will act quickly!

At Ohio Pest Control, Inc., we can provide the customized services needed to eliminate cockroaches and stop them from returning. We will protect your family and property from problems with cockroaches and other pests. To discover more about our residential or commercial pest control options, reach out to the local professionals at Ohio Pest Control today! 

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

In conjunction with our effective services, our prevention tips will help you defend your yard and home against cockroaches:

  • Maintain a strong border around your house to prevent cockroaches from finding a way inside: repair defects in exterior walls and the foundation. Place weatherstripping around windows and door sweeps under exterior doors.
  • Limit their access to food by keeping kitchen areas neat, washing dishes each evening, and regularly vacuuming floors. Also, store food in the fridge or containers with airtight lids.
  • Stop smelly trash from attracting cockroaches by keeping locking lids on outdoor trash cans.
  • Always inspect packages, deliveries, appliances, and used furniture for cockroaches before bringing the items inside.

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