Apartment dwellers, home and business owners alike can experience problems with a particularly stubborn and hard to eliminate pest known as the cockroach. There are many different types of cockroaches, but the most common in the Omaha area is the typical American Cockroach, which is brownish in color, ranging in size from 1 to 3 inches in length.
Like most pests, cockroaches enter your dwelling in search of food or water. They can slip in through small openings or holes, damaged weather stripping or aging windows where the seal has failed. Favorite locations for cockroaches to reside include the warm, moist environments of bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms and basements. Cockroaches love to hide where water is readily available, or under appliances, inside of kitchen or bathroom cabinets or in drains while they wait for bits of food to be left behind.
At the first sign of a cockroach problem, call Genie Pest Control.
Because cockroaches are nocturnal, they prefer to stay hidden during the day and come out at night time to feed and forage. If you see a cockroach in the daytime hours, chances are you have many more waiting in the shadows. Some additional signs of a cockroach problem include:
Evidence of Droppings
If your home, apartment or business has a cockroach infestation, there will be obvious signs of feces that resemble coarsely-ground black pepper or coffee grounds. As cockroaches become larger, their feces can appear more cylindrical in shape.
Musty or Unpleasant Odors
Some cockroach species, including the American Cockroach, leave behind a characteristic odor that is likened to a musty or oily smell. The odor is typically accompanied by visual evidence of dead cockroaches noticed throughout the home.
Oval-Shaped Egg Cases
Cockroach eggs, also known as oothecae, can sometimes be seen in spaces that are infested with cockroaches. Out of the way locations behind furniture or in between books on a shelf are typical locations where eggs can be found.
Cockroaches have been around for millions of years and have the ability to adapt and survive under the harshest of conditions. They can become pesticide resistant and getting rid of them isn’t easy on your own and left unchecked, the cockroach population in your home, apartment or business can quickly multiply.
There are some serious health implications for those living in cockroach infested spaces. The spread of E. coli or Salmonella bacteria is often linked to cockroach activity, not to mention those with allergies or asthma as often negatively impacted by the presence of cockroaches.
Because of the health implications and the ability of cockroaches to rapidly reproduce and multiply, it is important to bring in an expert pest control company like Genie Pest Control at the first sign of an infestation.
Genie Pest Control experts are highly trained and ready to help diagnose and solve your cockroach problems.
Every situation is different and bringing in an expert to assess, treat and provide ongoing monitoring is essential. The length of time it takes to treat the infestation can vary and is dependent on the extent of the problem and the species involved.
Most home treatments completed using off the shelf solutions will not be effective, making a professional intervention as soon as possible extremely important. Don’t let cockroaches gain the upper hand in the areas where you live or work. In Iowa, call (712) 325-0808. Omaha area residents, call (402) 346-7810.