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Cockroaches are bugs who have long antennae and look like beetles. They can come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. There are about 30 separate cockroach species, although it is recognized that only 4 are pests.

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Things To Know About Cockroaches

Cockroaches are bugs with long antennae that look like beetles and can come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. There are about 30 separate cockroach species, although it is recognized that only 4 are pests.

Cockroaches are omnivorous scavengers and are going to consume any available organic food source. Even though they prefer sweets, meats and starches, other items such as hair, books and decaying matter are also known to be consumed.

Cockroaches thrive best in warm conditions, especially in areas where the temperature is above 20 ° Celsius. They love places that are wet and dark. Cockroaches run away from bright light, which means that on a sunny summer day you are unlikely to find them out in the open. Even if there are many cockroaches in one room, they scatter and hide in places you can’t see when you turn on a light.


Signs that you have a cockroach infestation:


During an infestation, cockroach feaces will become visible. Small cockroaches leave feaces that mimic black pepper or coffee grounds, while larger roaches leave cylindrical dropings. The volume of visible feaces is often a good indicator of infestation rate or length.


Many species give off unpleasant odors. There may be a musty smell in the case of serious infestation. Dead cockroaches bodies can be found throughout the building as well.

Their Eggs

Oval-shaped cockroach egg cases, known as ootheca, are sometimes visible underneath furniture and in other hidden locations.

Effects Of Cockroach Infestation

Cockroaches can spread 33 types of bacteria, including E.Coli. species of bacteria and salmonella, six parasitic worms and more than seven other human pathogens. The main causes of food poisoning or gastroenteritis are E.coli and salmonella. Common symptoms include stomach pain, extreme cramps of the abdomen and tenderness, bloody diarrhea, nausea and vomiting at times. Several patients may have severe diarrhea that induces malnutrition and may require hospitalization. The bacteria can spread to the bloodstream in rare cases and lead to life-threatening infections.

Cockroaches have certain proteins (called allergens) found in feaces of the cockroach, saliva and parts of the body can cause allergic reactions or cause symptoms of asthma, particularly in children.

How To Avoid Cockroach Infestation

Remove Their Food

Like people, in order to survive, these pests need support. Dogs will survive off almost everything left out for them, such as unopened meat, garbage, and crumbs, unlike humans.

Start with spilled or leftover food cleaning. A forgotten cereal box is a gold mine for roaches in the back of the cabinet. Do not leave any food on the counter or in the sink. Go further if possible by also inspecting the cabinets and equipment behind them. Store your garbage in a bin with a tight lid and take it out regularly. Don’t forget about the trash pile bottom too; clean out any remaining residue.

Remove Their Hiding Place

Besides food, roaches need a haven to thrive. Their favorite nooks and crannies include stacks of boxes of paper and cardboard, so recycle whatever you have laying around. Cleaning up any clutter will discourage cockroaches from hanging around — or returning.

Remove Their Entry Points

Roaches will flatten and scuttle their way through holes or even break window screens, therefore you can lock out any potential roach-attacks by covering openings between the inside and the outside of buildings with materials such as door sweeps, transparent caulk, or steel wool. Get down on the floor and look at the entry. If you can see sunlight underneath your door it means the cockroaches can get in. Remove just the entry points and you can significantly reduce the chances of cockroach infestation.

Don’t think only about the things that you intentionally add to your house. A few hitchhikers can be found in grocery stores, shipments, or old furniture, so check them closely. Think this about when they drop off your Amazon package and it’s sitting there all afternoon until you get home from work. Cockroaches love cartons. It’s the perfect place to hide. Shutting these unwelcome intruders out and making your home inhospitable to them is the secret of keeping them away forever.

Get Professional Help

Sometimes, the best way to take care of a cockroach infestation is to get professional help. You don’t have to put up with cockroaches and jeopardise the health of your family. For your residential or commercial building, we provide full cockroach extermination services. With our extermination experts, cockroaches are no challenge. Springfield Lakes Pest Services have state-of-the-art methodology in control measures to ensure that after the initial visit our work is 100 percent complete.


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