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What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are insects, so they have six legs and antennae. These critters also have oval-shaped bodies with a hard exoskeleton. But cockroaches vary in flying capabilities, size, and color, depending on the species.

Three cockroach species living in Asheboro that residents should know are:

  1. American cockroaches are the largest home-invading species in North America, ranging between 1 1/4 and 2 1/8 inches long.

  2. German cockroaches are the most common property-infesting species.

  3. Smoky brown cockroaches have adapted to living in colder climates by overwintering indoors. 

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Are cockroaches dangerous?

Cockroaches are among the most dangerous out of the many pests that can infest a home. Because of their strong immune systems, cockroaches can live in sewers, landfills, and dumpsters, where they pick up pathogens, spreading them when they infest your house.

Overall, cockroaches create unsafe living environments due to the contamination they cause and the waste they leave behind. Not to mention how much stress and shame an infestation of this pest can cause.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

Cockroaches are a problem for many people. One reason is that residential properties can provide these pests with many food options. They can also squeeze through narrow cracks to get inside. And until you eliminate entryways and conducive conditions, this pest won't go away, which is one mistake many people make when trying to get rid of cockroaches.

Where will I find cockroaches?

Cockroaches are nocturnal insects, so it is not always the easiest to find them, but there will be signs of an infestation such as chew marks on food packaging, smear marks, and droppings that look like coffee grounds or pepper. Often, these signs will be in kitchens, bathrooms, and other home areas that have high moisture and food. And cockroaches are by no means picky with what they eat.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

Asheboro residents shouldn't try getting rid of cockroaches on their own. Doing so will only cost more time and money because this pest is nearly impossible to eliminate using at-home products. Instead, call in professionals at the first sign of a cockroach problem.

Understanding the type of cockroach you are dealing with is essential to effective home pest control, and our expert technicians can do this for you! They will also figure out what species is causing the infestation, providing information and helping to rectify conducive conditions.

Contact us at Otho's Pest Management for more information on the home and commercial pest management services and treatments we offer.

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

No one wants to get rid of their cockroach problem just to have them reinfest. While ongoing professional pest services in Asheboro will protect against these pests, you also need to ensure your home is not inviting them in. Below are some ways to make your house and yard less attractive to cockroaches:

  • Eliminate food sources by securing garbage cans with tight-fitting lids, cleaning up crumbs right away, removing pet waste from your yard, and not leaving dirty dishes or food out overnight. 

  • Remove entry points; place covers on vents and drains, fill any cracks or holes in the foundation and exterior walls, and repair any damaged screens and weatherstripping.

  • Reduce moisture by ensuring your home is well-ventilated, fixing any leaks, and using dehumidifiers. 

Don't forget that professional pest control is the best defense against pests like cockroaches, so call Otho's Pest Management today!

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