Cockroach Identification & Prevention

About Cockroaches In Reno

german cockroach up close

Knowing what cockroaches like to eat, where they live, and how they can get into your home is the best way to guard your house against cockroaches. Let our pest guide help you learn about cockroaches and why you don't want to share your home with them.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About Cockroaches

What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are ancient insects that have been successful for eons because of their ability to adapt. Their resourcefulness and desire to survive are why these pests are so challenging to control and keep out of our Northern Nevada homes.

The German cockroach is the most common species to live with people inside our homes and businesses. German cockroaches are a small species with tan or brownish bodies with two dark lines on their backs. They have wings but rarely, if ever, fly. Their small size and ability to use their legs to scurry quickly from place to place allows them to easily move through our homes and hide unnoticed in things like cracks in walls, drawers, boxes, furniture, and appliances.

Are cockroaches dangerous?

In addition to being annoying and unsightly, the biggest reason cockroaches are so unwanted in our homes is because of the health risks they bring with them. Cockroaches spend their lives thriving in unsanitary living conditions. When they find a way into our homes, they contaminate surfaces, food, utensils, dishes, and more with the bacteria, pathogens, and parasites they carry on their bodies.

Cockroaches are notorious for causing gastrointestinal issues in people by spreading things like salmonella, staphylococcus, and streptococcus. Allergens are another problem associated with cockroach infestations. Their shed skins and excrement put many allergens into the air, triggering allergy symptoms and asthma attacks in those susceptible.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

Some species of cockroaches in our region live successfully outside but regularly move into our homes using openings they discover in its exterior walls, usually while out and about foraging for food or moisture.

Since German cockroaches primarily live indoors, they are transported from place to place in things we are moving like boxes, furniture, appliances, and electronics. Hitchhiking is the German cockroach's primary mode of transportation, and homeowners unknowingly bringing infested items into their homes is how an infestation often starts.

Where will I find cockroaches?

Most cockroaches, including German cockroaches, prefer to live in places that offer warmth and humidity. In our homes, cockroaches tend to feel right at home in the kitchen, bathroom, crawl space, and wall voids near pipes, vents, or sinks.

Cockroaches are primarily nocturnal, so in the beginning stages of an infestation, it is easy to overlook a problem with cockroaches as these insects are most active when people are not. In the case of a large infestation, it is more difficult for cockroaches to hide as they often have to be more active during the day to find food.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

Cockroaches in Northern Nevada are pests that regularly find their way into homes and businesses. Guard your residential or commercial property against disease-spreading cockroaches by partnering with us at Celtic Pest Control. We know how unsettling it is to share your property with these insects and will provide the high-quality pest control necessary to eliminate them. We even offer eco-friendly pest products to ensure your family and pets are safe! 

We are a local company committed to our customers that charge an honest rate, and we always do the job the right way! To learn more about our effective residential pest control or commercial pest management solutions, reach out today and speak to one of our friendly and helpful professionals!

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

Controlling cockroaches is best accomplished by reducing the amount of food and moisture they can find on your property. Get rid of excess moisture by repairing leaky pipes, dripping hoses, and areas of poor ventilation. It is also helpful to use dehumidifiers in damp areas of your home.

Outside of your home, limit food sources by keeping lids on trash cans, keeping grilling and eating areas free of food debris, and maintaining vegetable and fruit gardens. Keep moisture and cockroaches out of your home by repairing damaged weatherstripping, siding, and cracks in your foundation.

For professional cockroach control in Northern Nevada, reach out to Celtic Pest Control now! 

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