How do cockroaches get in? Do they climb through cracks in your foundation, slide under doors, or gaps around your windows? Do they hitch a ride in furniture and other household items? Do they fly inside? Unfortunately, the answer is yes to all of these questions. Cockroaches are incredibly mobile insects that slip through the tiniest of cracks. Some of them have adapted to living with humans so much that they can live entirely indoors and spread from one home to another by hitching a ride. And, on a warm day, it is possible to have a cockroach fly right in through an open door as some species have functional wings and are prone to fly.
When a cockroach gets into your home, you may not realize it. Most species stay hidden from view. It may seem like an obvious fact, but you can't get rid of cockroaches if you don't know you have them. Today, we'll look at why roaches hide from view, how to find evidence that they're in your home, why it is important to catch them early, and a few of the pitfalls to cockroach control. We'll tell you upfront, it isn't easy to get control of most cockroach species. If you want to know whether or not you have roaches, but don't want to expend the energy looking for them, remember that you can contact Celtic Pest Control for pest control services in Reno. Our highly-trained technicians have the experience and problem-solving skills to locate evidence of a roach infestation and provide you with options to solve your problem.
One Cockroach Usually Means Many More
Often what happens is Reno residents see one roach and think that it is the only roach that has gotten inside. When that roach is quickly dispatched, it can feel like the problem is solved. But that one roach could actually be a warning sign of a cockroach infestation.
When It Isn't An Infestation: Some roaches don't prefer to live indoors. They're generally referred to as wood roaches. When one finds its way indoors, you may see it and deal with it. These roaches are active during the day and don't readily hide from view. If you have more roaches, you'll see them.
When It Is Likely An Infestation: Most pest cockroaches are active at night and prone to hide in dark spaces just out of view. When they get into your home, they stay hidden. If you see one, it usually means there is a large infestation. The only reason you start seeing them is that their numbers grow larger than the available food resources in your home and they must compete to survive, forcing them into the open.
If you haven't seen a cockroach in your Reno home, or you have seen one and you're wondering if there are more, there are a few ways you can find out. Some detection methods are easy, but they don't guarantee results. Some are difficult, but they get the job done.
A simple way to check for cockroaches is to put down sticky traps. You can buy these at the store or simply use duct tape. When cockroaches climb on the sticky surface, they get stuck. Place these in dark, humid spaces within your home, such as a boiler room. Keep in mind that roaches don't prefer to crawl on sticky surfaces and may avoid sticky traps outright. They also have the ability to smell deceased cockroaches because of a pheromone excreted by roaches when they die. If you catch one on a trap, you may not catch any more.
The hard way to detect cockroaches is to go looking for them. You'll need a flashlight and determination. Cockroaches hide in the tightest of spaces and prefer areas of your home that are hidden from view, such as behind your oven or underneath your refrigerator. The first place to check is in the cabinet underneath your kitchen and bathroom sinks. Roaches often gather around sources of moisture. Explore every crack and crevice. Once you've thoroughly checked your kitchen and pantry, search secluded spaces, particularly your attic. Look for black fecal droppings, shed skins, egg cases (called ootheca), tiny nymphs, and adult cockroaches huddled together. You can also use your nose. Certain cockroach pheromones smell oily, musty, and slightly sweet.
Now that you know how to find a cockroach, it is helpful to understand why it is critical that you find them early. It is easy to shrug off a cockroach problem. We hope that you don't because roaches can cause issues you may not realize.
Cockroaches In The Home Are A Major Health Hazard
We're not going to spend much time on this topic, but you should understand the risks. The primary concern with roaches is that they come in contact with unsanitary things. When they do, they pick up microorganisms associated with human disease and spread them to surfaces, shelves, stored foods, plates, silverware, toothbrushes, and more. When these invisible organisms enter the body, your immune system may fight them off, but prolonged exposure will eventually overwhelm your body's ability to fight off these germs. Individuals with a compromised immune system and certain seniors are at greater risk of illness.
Cockroaches don't just come in contact with unsanitary things, they also ingest them. For this reason, their droppings are a health concern and can also lead to contamination and disease. Diseases spread by cockroaches include salmonellosis, cholera, gastroenteritis, dysentery, giardia, and E. coli infections.
Recent studies have demonstrated that cockroaches are also a threat to those who suffer from asthma. Homes with cockroach infestations put families at greater risk of hospitalizations for asthma and allergy symptoms. Children are at greater risk.
When you see one cockroach in your home, it is time to take steps to make sure you get cockroaches out and keep them out. Let's turn our attention to how you might do this, starting with the pitfalls of DIY cockroach control.
Why Do-It-Yourself Cockroach Control Usually Fails
There are many cockroach control products available to consumers. The products work as described, but you have to read between the lines when considering how to apply them to get a complete solution. For example, eliminating a cockroach with a product that is applied directly to them will not address the source of your issue, only the symptom. You can eliminate roaches continually and never stop cockroach activity in your home if you don't address the underlying issue. A complete solution is required. Some residents know this and attempt several methods to fully eradicate roaches. While certainly a better approach, they often fall short because they underestimate their foe. Cockroaches aren't easily controlled. They have abilities that allow them to avoid treated areas. They work together to avoid dangerous food sources, such as baits. They have offspring that are so tiny they can fit through the holes of an outlet; you'll have a hard time using exclusions alone to keep them out of your home.
It is possible to get control of cockroaches on your own, but it requires quite a bit of research. You have to understand the species you're attempting to control, what products are known to work, how to apply the products, how to evaluate the success of your treatment program, and how to check to make sure no roaches remain in your home after treatments. The common outcome of DIY cockroach control is partial control and continued infestations. If you want total cockroach elimination, there is really only one solution.
Call The Pest Experts For Total Cockroach Elimination
A pest control technician is a trained individual with experience and access to expert solutions who know all of the many ways cockroaches avoid elimination. Your technician will use field-tested methods to locate activity, evaluate environmental conditions, address routes, reduce populations, and monitor the success of your treatment program. Most of all, a technician follows all safety protocols and follows the manufacturer's instructions to apply products as intended for the safety of your family and pets. When you need cockroach removal, it is smart to turn this job over to someone who does it all the time. If you do, you'll only spend your money once to correct your infestation, and save yourself a lot of frustration.
Are you in Reno? If so, keep Celtic Pest Control in mind when you need cockroach control. We provide treatment options to arrest roach activity indoors and also have options for ongoing protection to prevent roaches from entering your home. Our year-round service plans provide protection from many other pests as well. It is so much nicer to live in a home that is free of all of the creepy crawly critters we have in Reno.
We make it easy to get started with cockroach or general pest control. You can reach out to us for information about service options in Reno. It is a stress-free way to gather information and decide the best course. Connect with us today to get started and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Reno.
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