Roach Facts & Information

How to indentify & Control Cockroaches

Is it bad to have cockroaches in your house?

While cockroaches are one of the most common pest problems, they are also one of the most stubborn. Infestations are hard to get rid of because the insects hide in a host of areas, breed quickly, have a very high reproductive potential and may develop resistance to pesticides.

Cockroaches often taint food with E. coli and Salmonella bacteria, so it’s not safe to ignore these pests. Exposure to cockroach feces and the body parts of dead roaches over time can even trigger allergies and asthma.

Cockroach identification

There are a few different species of cockroaches that are present here in the Mid-south, with the most common being the German cockroach and the American cockroach. German roaches are dark brown and usually 1/2” – 5/8” in size, while American roaches are darker and bigger at 1-1/2” to 2”. Both types of cockroaches are active year-round, using coming out predominantly at night to find food and water. Roaches are nocturnal creatures and usually spend their days hiding away in dark, protected spots around your home.

types of Cockroaches

What causes cockroaches in the house?

People often blame a cockroach problem on poor housekeeping. While cleaning floors, kitchens, and bathrooms is useful and very important to reduce food sources used by cockroaches, they may get inside and cause an infestation for other reasons. These pests can hitch a ride on infested items brought inside, get indoors via cracks and gaps in the home’s exterior, enter through drains or sewer pipes and a few species of cockroaches can fly inside when attracted to lights.

how do i get rid of cockroaches?

Our technicians are trained to help manage cockroaches and similar pests. Since every building or home is different, your James Pest technician will design a unique program for your situation.

Keeping cockroaches out of homes and buildings is an ongoing process, not a one-time treatment. James Pest Management’s integrated pest management solution is a cycle of three critical steps — Assessment, Treatment and Maintenance.

James Pest Management can provide the right solution to keep roaches in their place…out of your home, or business.

Frequently asked questions

 If you see a cockroach in your home during the day, there is a good chance you will find more. Other than sightings, signs of a cockroach infestation are cockroach droppings, a musty or mildewy smell, cockroach egg casings, and a cockroach nest. A combination of droppings, eggs and large numbers of cockroaches mean a nest is near and infestation occurring.

Different species require different methods of eradication. The cost is determined by the species, the measures needed to control the roaches, and the size of the area that requires treatment. Treatment programs can vary from one time application to continual maintenance programs. Usually, the maintenance programs are your best value.

The first step exterminators will take is determining the species of roaches. After that, they will prevent the infestation from growing by determining the entry points and sealing them off. Finally, the exterminator will choose the best form of pest control based on the species and infestation, and implement it. Common forms of roach control are baits, traps, and pesticides.

Reinfestations can occur depending on the particular species involved and where your home is situated. American cockroaches, for example, can come back more readily due to their habitat outside of a home or structure. Regular exterior cockroach control, in addition to sealing outside cracks and holes in walls, can help limit such invasions.

The absolute best way to eradicate cockroaches from your home is pesticide applications. Baiting and trap systems are also effective, but come in second place to pesticides.

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