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Cockroach Prevention Tips

Although cockroaches are unattractive and unsettling to see, the risks they pose to your home or business go far beyond aesthetics. Cockroaches are known to carry diseases and illnesses that can be harmful to your family or guests and employees in your business. Especially if there is food that is left out or easily accessible, cockroaches can contaminate your food. We’ll walk through how to prevent cockroaches and how to handle a cockroach infestation.

Identifying Cockroaches

Identifying the species is an essential part of determining a cockroach control strategy. Cockroaches are nocturnal insects that are typically brown or black in color, with flexible bodies and long antennae. They have six legs, two pairs of wings, and are known for their ability to scurry quickly. The most common species of cockroaches found in homes and businesses are the German cockroach, American cockroach, and Oriental cockroach. Each has distinct physical features that can help identify them.

German Cockroach

German cockroach on a rock

German Cockroaches are one of the most common types of cockroaches found in homes and businesses around the world. They are light brown or tan in color, with two black stripes running down their backs. German Cockroaches are small, reaching only about half an inch in length. They are known for their rapid breeding capabilities and can quickly infest a space if not addressed promptly.

These cockroaches typically prefer warm, humid environments and are often found in kitchens, bathrooms, and other areas with access to food, water, and hiding spots. They are nocturnal insects and can be identified by their quick movements and unpleasant odor. 

American Cockroach

American cockroach on a rock

American Cockroaches can grow up to two inches in length and are reddish-brown in color. They can also be identified by the yellow markings on their head and wings. These types of cockroaches thrive in warm and moist environments. You can typically find them in kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and sewers. Additionally, American Cockroaches have a longer lifespan that is up to two years. 

Oriental Cockroach

Oriental cockroach on pavement

Oriental cockroaches, also known as water bugs, are another common type of cockroach found in homes and businesses. They are shiny black in color, have a wider body than other species of cockroaches, and can grow up to one inch in length. Oriental cockroaches prefer cool and damp environments and are often found in basements, sewers, and drains.

These cockroaches are nocturnal and are known for their slow movements. They are not capable of flight and have reduced wings that do not enable them to fly.

Understanding Cockroach Behavior

Being aware of the different types of cockroaches and their behaviors can help you control cockroach infestation faster and more efficiently. Attempting to treat these pests without professional help can cost you a decent amount of money and isn’t always efficient. Our team of pest control professionals at Hulett Environmental Services have the tools and expertise to properly treat cockroaches and keep them out for good.  

Keep Your Home or Business Clean to Help Prevent Cockroach Infestations

There is a common misconception that cockroaches only invade unclean areas. While having a clean space can help prevent cockroach infestation, cockroaches often don’t discriminate. If there is open food, a dark quiet place for them to hide, or areas of high moisture, you are at risk for a cockroach infestation. 

However, there are steps you can take to avoid cockroach infestation in your home or business. Regularly cleaning your home, removing clutter, and sealing up food can also prevent cockroaches from invading your space. 

Schedule Your Free Inspection with Hulett Environmental Services  

Don’t wait to treat cockroach infestation – let the pest control professionals at Hulett handle it! With a wide variety of pest control treatments available, we can help with any pest infestation that comes your way. Schedule your free inspection by giving us a call or filling out our form online!