Invading messy and clean homes alike, cockroaches are the nasty insect that every homeowner dreads. In some areas, such as here in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, cockroaches start invading when the trees begin changing color and the weather rapidly cools. Not only are cockroaches searching for a shelter warm enough for them to survive during the winter, but also for shelter that can provide them with plenty of food and water during their stay. With several different types of roaches, it may be hard to figure out where to begin, but here are a few of the roaches you are most likely to encounter.
The biggest roaches, out of the roaches that are considered “house-infesting”, are American cockroaches. They make themselves right at home in your basement and under your piping. These roaches prefer moist areas of your home, usually choosing to reside in basements, sewer systems, or in or around your pipes and drains. American cockroaches are reddish-brown in color and usually have a pale, yellow figure eight pattern displayed on the back of their heads. Unlike many other house-infesting roaches, American cockroaches are capable of flight, making them even more of a horrific pest to face.
These roaches spread many kinds of human pathogens, bacteria, and parasitic worms because of their tendency to crawl through sewage and dead or decaying matter, then crawling across food-preparation surfaces, or food in your home. Some studies have shown that the allergens caused by dead roaches, droppings, shed skins, and secretions could link to asthma in some children.
German cockroaches can be recognized by their tannish color, the dark brown stripes that run down the length of their bodies, and their flat, oval shape. These roaches are typically found in more humid areas of your home and areas where food is eaten regularly. German cockroaches are generally the roaches people think of when cockroaches are mentioned because they are the most common type of roach to be found inside homes. While you may see German cockroaches more often than other roaches, they still prefer to stay hidden most of the time.
German cockroaches transmit disease-ridden organisms and cause allergic reactions in some individuals. They often come inside by being brought in on paper products, grocery bags, and used items.
Oriental cockroaches are probably the most easily identified due to their smooth, dark brown to almost black colored bodies. They spend most of their time in sewers and other wet areas where there is a lot of decaying organic matter, and they often startle people by crawling out of drains in kitchens, bathrooms, and laundry areas. These roaches survive off of the filth they find in your drains and basements, making them one of the nastiest and most filthy roaches there are.
Oriental cockroaches are also linked to the spread of bacteria and disease into homes, as well as causing allergens to be dispersed.
There are some steps you can take when it comes to keeping all types of roaches out of your home. Here are some of them.
- Good sanitation/keeping your home free of clutter
- Sealing cracks in your foundation, walls, windows, and the outside structures of your home
- Habitat reduction
- Reducing food sources
The best prevention step by far is to contact a professional pest control expert if you think you have a roach problem. At Witt Pest Management, we have all the training and equipment necessary to rid your home of pests. Contact us today for more information on the services we offer, or to schedule a same-day service visit.