Cockroaches

What are cockroaches?

Some of the most resourceful insects living worldwide, cockroaches are a common and troublesome pest that regularly invades our homes and businesses. Cockroaches have an oval-shaped body, six legs, and while many have wings, most are not great at flying.

While most of the more than 4,000 species of roaches live away from people, several have learned to make themselves comfortable inside of our homes. Cockroaches are prolific breeders, difficult to control, dangerous, and destructive — a combination that makes them highly unwanted in our Connecticut homes and businesses.

a cockroach on a log

Two species of cockroaches common in Connecticut are the German cockroach and the brown-banded cockroach. The German cockroach has a tannish-brown colored body with two dark parallel lines between the head and thorax. The brown-banded cockroach has light bands going across a darker body.

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Because they can transmit diseases and create an increased risk for asthma and allergies in people, especially young children, cockroaches are dangerous pests. Cockroaches should never be allowed inside our homes or businesses. They carry pathogens, parasites, and over 33 different kinds of bacteria. The presence of cockroaches in a house also causes stress, sleepless nights, and damage to personal belongings like furniture, clothing, upholstery, papers, and more!

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

Cockroaches have become a problem for you because they were either introduced onto your property in something like a delivery, grocery bag, or piece of used furniture or because moisture or food attracted them.

Some of the most common things that attract roaches to a property include:

  • Areas of excess moisture caused by leaking pipes, clogged gutters, or dripping fixtures
  • Trash cans and recycling bins without locking lids
  • Pet food
  • Outdoor eating areas
  • Gardens and compost

Once inside, cockroaches move to suitable hiding spots where they hide during the day and emerge at night to forage for food. Cockroaches are scavengers and eat almost anything, including the foods we eat as well as things like paper, soap, toothpaste, fabrics, and animal waste. These insects are prolific breeders, and just a few finding a way into your structure will quickly lead to large numbers of these pests living, feeding, and contaminating your food and home with their shed skins, waste, and saliva.

Where will I find cockroaches?

Unlike most species, brown-banded cockroaches do not have high moisture needs. That means they can hide and thrive in hot, dry areas. It is common to discover brown-banded cockroaches in places like attics, upper parts of a cabinet, and behind baseboards or dry window or door frames. Females like to lay their eggs in the creases of dry cardboard boxes.

German cockroaches are the most common species to find living inside a home, restaurant or other business where food is being prepared or stored. These cockroaches do have high moisture needs and hide in areas near faucets, drains, and water pipes. Kitchens, bathrooms, and basements are some of the German cockroach’s favorite places to live. They take cover in drawers, under sinks, behind walls, in cabinets, and behind refrigerators.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

Cockroaches are frustrating, stressful, and unpleasant to deal with. To get rid of these pests from your home, the best course of action is to contact an experienced professional. At Rescue 1 Pest &Termite Control, we know how to find, treat, and completely eliminate cockroaches from Connecticut homes and businesses.

By partnering with us, you will have peace of mind knowing your property is free of cockroaches and other pests. We have over 30 years of industry experience and understand how to work with our customers to meet their unique needs. To learn why so many of your neighbors and friends rely on Rescue 1 Pest & Termite Control for their cockroach control needs, reach out to us today!

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

Prevent problems with cockroaches and other pests using the following prevention tips and the comprehensive pest control services at Rescue 1 Pest & Termite Control:

  • Seal up openings that may allow cockroaches to find a way into your home when they’re out foraging for food. Caulk cracks in the foundation, place a cover over vents and drains, and install weatherstripping around windows and doors.
  • Repair leaky pipes and fixtures.
  • Keep your kitchen free of crumbs, dirty dishes, and spills. Regularly wipe down counters, sweep floors, and wash dishes.
  • Remove trash from your home daily. Place in outdoor trash cans with tight-fitting lids until trash pick-up day. Make sure waste is removed from your property every week.
  • Make sure to empty and rinse cans, bottles, and other containers before placing them into recycling bins.
  • Pick up any uneaten pet food each evening.
  • Declutter basements and other storage areas to limit hiding spots for cockroaches in your home.

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