How to identify cockroaches:
Cockroaches can grow to over 2 inches in length and can grow even larger in warmer climates. They have six legs, two antennae, and some even have wings, although they still may not be very good at flying. They have flat, oval-shaped bodies and have an oily texture.
How you get cockroaches:
Cockroaches enter your home through cracks, crevices, vents, sewers, and drain pipes, and can even be brought in on grocery bags, boxes, or purses. Inside the home is an ideal location for them to live and breed, with food and warmth that allow them to thrive all year long. They are excellent at hiding, and often when you see one it means that they may have been forced out due to overcrowding, implying a severe infestation.
How to prevent cockroaches:
Seal gaps around doors windows, and utility lines, and keep them in good condition. Put screens on drain lines and sewer vents that lead to your home. Keep mulch, shrubs, trees, firewood, and other areas where bugs can hide a few feet away from your home. Keep your trash cans closed and empty them regularly. Clean underneath the refrigerator and other hard to reach areas of the kitchen to prevent collections of crumbs that often fall here. Keep food stored in airtight containers to keep insects out. Fix cracks in sinks, toilets, and bathtubs immediately.
Are cockroaches dangerous?
Cockroaches are omnivores that eat both plants and meat, however, it is not common for them to bite humans, and will normally only do this as a last resort after overpopulation has caused a shortage of food. Usually, they would go to garbage cans and other exposed foods in pantries and cabinets. A bite can cause irritation, lesions, and swelling. They can spread disease and germs, contaminate food, and worsen asthma symptoms. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), cockroaches can be carriers of the organisms causing diarrhea, dysentery, cholera, leprosy, plague, typhoid fever and viral diseases such as poliomyelitis.
How we get rid of cockroaches:
Cockroach removal is an ongoing process that includes identifying possible entryways, planting bait to catch and kill existing cockroaches, and implementing growth regulators that interfere with their population growth.