No homeowner wants to deal with the nightmare that is roach removal. The fact is, roaches are an unpleasant and destructive pest, and as a responsible homeowner you are probably very anxious to ensure that your home remains roach free. Unfortunately, there are several popular misconceptions about roaches, especially when it comes to how and why they enter your home. The truth is, any structure, regardless of how new or clean it is, can be at risk for roach infestation.
So the question is, how do you keep roaches out of YOUR home?
While there are a large number of roach species, the primary species infesting homes here in Georgia is the German roach. German roaches are a species of light brown, winged insects that can be identified by the characteristic black stripes running horizontally down their back. These roaches have a preference for indoor environments and can be very difficult to remove from a home once they are well established.
German roaches have a preference for warm, high moisture environments that can be difficult to find outdoors. As such, they are often attracted to homes due to the large variety of food and artificial warmth. They are typically found indoors in areas such as kitchens, laundry rooms, and bathrooms. While large numbers of roaches may be present in these areas, it is unlikely that you will see them out during the day due to their reclusive nature.
Roaches have a wide and varied diet. Most species are skilled scavengers, and can consume a variety of different human foods, pet foods, other insects, and even atypical food sources such as book bindings. Due to this wide diet, almost any environment can sustain a roach population, and the only way to discourage their feeding is to keep any food sources sealed and clean up any messes promptly. If you have roach activity in a kitchen or pantry, you should carefully inspect any unsealed food as it may have been exposed to contaminates from roaches.
At this point you may be wondering, how exactly can you tell if roaches are active in your home?
Contrary to popular belief, it is rare to discover an infestation by spotting the actual roaches themselves. Typically, homeowners will notice signs of their activity initially. Roaches are nocturnal creatures, and they only emerge from their hiding places to feed during the night. If you are concerned about roach activity, look for common sign such as small, dark stains near corners, cracks, and wall openings. You may also notice the characteristic musty odor that roaches create in areas that they inhabit. If you notice some of these signs, you may want to call in a licensed pest professional to inspect the home.
German roaches in the home are able to reproduce rapidly. Within their ideal environments, these pests can quickly establish a population numbering in the thousands. Naturally, it can be shocking and gross to find a large group of roaches in your home, and you may be tempted to treat the pests as soon as possible. However, you should be cautious when working with DIY treatment products.
Many of these products are what are termed Kill-On-Contact treatment, and thus they only impact pests that directly touch them. Since most of the population is often hidden out of site, these products will do nothing to remove the majority of the pests. Beyond this, it can also cause the roaches to scatter deeper into the home, and can make the infestation more difficult to remove.
Removing German roaches is a multi-step process. There are a few steps that homeowners can take to eliminate conducive conditions that are allowing the roaches to thrive. Sealing any cracks and gaps as well as other avenues into the home will help to prevent the pests from entering initially. Beyond this, you should carefully inspect any boxes or bags that you bring into the home, as these are some of the most common ways that roaches are able to enter the home. If you live in an apartment complex, you should bear in mind that roaches can spread throughout a building through pipe systems, and this can expose you to risk if another unit has a roach infestation.
Beyond these steps, treatment is almost always required to remove roaches. A licensed pest professional is your best option to ensure that treatment is applied sufficiently to eradicate the entire infestation.
At Canton Termite and Pest Control, we have proudly served as a leading pest provider for the greater Cherokee County area for the past few decades. We offer a wide range of treatment options designed to deal with any pest problem you may face quickly, safely, and effectively!
So if you are dealing with roaches, or simply have a pest related question, call us today at 770-479-1598!
Hay muchas diferentes clases de plagas que causan problemas en Georgia. Sin embargo hay unas pocas bien adaptadas para vivir dentro de las casas tales como las cucarachas alemanas. La cucaracha alemana es pequeña, es una plaga de color bronceado que se puede encontrar con frecuencia dentro de las casas y de otras estructuras. Durante este tiempo del año, con frecuencia recibimos llamadas que varían de las áreas rurales como Waleska y Ballground hasta áreas más urbanas y pobladas como Woodstock, Marietta y Alpharetta. De hecho, la cucaracha alemana es considerada como la plaga que más se distribuye extensamente en los Estados Unidos.
En el Sureste, la cucaracha alemana puede ser algunas veces confundida con la cucaracha asiática, la cual es muy similar. Estas se distinguen por su comportamiento. Mientras que la cucaracha asiática se encuentra con frecuencia en las afueras, la cucaracha alemana raramente, si alguna vez, puede encontrarse afuera.
Las cucarachas alemanas sobreviven en ambientes húmedos y templados. Partes del hogar tales como la cocina y los baños proveen ubicaciones ideales para las cucarachas. La cucaracha alemana es un limpiador, y puede consumir incluso las cantidades más pequeñas de comida. También son conocidas por consumir ciertas fuentes atípicas de alimentos, como la encuadernación de libros y pasta de dientes.
La cucaracha alemana es famosa por su habilidad para reproducirse rápidamente. Es frecuente encontrar infestaciones extensas escondidas en los hogares. La cucaracha alemana es más comúnmente traída a los hogares en cajas, bolsas o cualquier otro contenedor donde se pueden esconder.
Poco después de haberse introducido en un espacio, la cucaracha alemana con frecuencia, busca un área escondida donde pasa el tiempo durante el día, saliendo por la noche para buscar comida. Las hembras crean cápsulas de huevo, u ooteca, que pueden producir hasta 50 cucarachas. Las hembras cargan a menudo estas cápsulas de huevos hasta que estén listas para salir, dificultando así la destrucción de la población dentro del hogar.
Hay muchas señales fáciles para identificar la infestación de cucarachas. Las cucarachas alemanas a menudo producen excrementos de color oscuro. Estos serán pequeños y con forma de bolas o simplemente manchas oscuras que se encuentran alrededor de pequeñas grietas de la pared, o en las esquinas de los cuartos. Otra señal es un desagradable olor a humedad que es producido por las cucarachas. Esto es causado por ciertos productos químicos excretados por las cucarachas y el olor será más fuerte cerca de su centro de población.
Las cucarachas alemanas son difíciles de eliminar. Sus infestaciones son a menudo masivas, con una población que se reproduce rápidamente y que permanece bien escondida durante el día. Debido a la dificultad en la identificación y el tratamiento de la cucaracha alemana, lo mejor es consultar a un profesional de control de plagas.
Aquí, en Canton Termite y Pest Control, tenemos más de 20 años de experiencia lidiando con cucarachas alemanas. Nuestros técnicos evaluarán su situación específica y hallarán una solución segura, eficiente y asequible para cualquier problema de plagas.
Si usted tiene problemas con las cucarachas alemanas, o simplemente tiene preguntas, llámenos hoy al 770-479-1598! Estaremos encantados de asistirleen lo que podamos!
Aquí está para usted la vida libre de plagas!
Smokey Brown Roach
Here at Canton Termite and Pest Control, we receive many calls regarding Smokey brown cockroaches.
No one likes roaches, and many people find them to be terrifying. They are often associated with a lack of sanitation. Unfortunately, even well-kept homes can sometimes have roach infestations. In the Southeast, the most common large cockroach is the smokey brown.
Smokeybrown cockroaches are a fairly common pest. They are the largest local species of cockroach and can be identified by their brown/black body pattern. The smokeybrown is what most people associate with the word…cockroach, due to their shiny brown bodies. In outdoor environments, they are often found in warm, moist areas. This is because the smokeybrown is easily dehydrated and therefore must live near a water source.
The smokeybrown can often be found in gardens and forested areas around homes. Common areas include wood piles, mulch, and other outdoor debris. They are primarily nocturnal and will go out at night seeking food and water. The cockroaches can consume a wide variety of substances and are opportunistic eaters. This means that they will consume any food source available. Common food sources include:
- Human food scraps
- Plant Matter
- Fecal Matter
- Dead insects
The smokeybrown has a life span that widely varies, from around 200-700 days. The female will reproduce by creating approximately 10 egg sacs, also known as ootheca. Each of these egg sacs will contain an average of 20 eggs. The female will often attach these egg sacs to a safe surface where they will remain until the young hatch.
Smokeybrown cockroaches living outdoors do not pose a significant threat to homeowners. However, the roaches can sometimes be attracted to the lights in a home, and will make their way inside a building. They can enter through doors, windows, ventilation shafts, attic vents and any other opening in a home.
Once inside, they can often find a dark, warm place, such as an attic, to hide and reproduce. Due to the amount of time in the life cycle of the roaches, they will often stay hidden for up to a year before you begin to see them in your home. They will hide in a dark space and grow into adults before venturing out into the home.
Due to the requirement for moisture, the smokeybrown will often have difficulties surviving in any areas with a lot of air movement, such as ventilation shafts. However, if they find a moist area of the home, with limited ventilation, they can quickly become a frustrating pest to remove.
As they are the largest roach species in the area, it can be somewhat disconcerting to find them around your home. They will often leave their indoor hiding place at night and can be found around the home or outside seeking food. When looking for signs of roaches, homeowners should look for a blackish, tar-like residue. This residue is excreted by the roaches and is the best sign of an infestation.
To deal with an infestation, it is best to seek professional help. Some DIY products can eliminate some of the indoor roaches, but often roaches are continuing to enter the home from the outside. Non-professional grade products simply do not have the strength to keep the roaches out longterm. A professional technician is able to apply sufficient and longer-lasting chemicals to eliminate the infestation and keep the roaches out.
Exclusion and home repairs are other important steps to eliminate the infestation. The cockroaches will often have a particular area that they are entering through. So it is important to seal any potential entrances into the home. Important exclusion steps include:
- Maintain ventilation in attics and crawl spaces
- Discard old boxes and debris
- Repair any leaking drains, faucets, and other sources of moisture
- Remove any rotting leaf piles near to gutters and windows
- Seal any exterior cracks or holes
- Repair any caulking damage
- Place mesh screens on vents and drains
These steps, combined with any other necessary repairs and chemical treatments, will help to quickly eliminate the cockroach infestation. As a homeowner myself, I can completely understand how unpleasant the idea of cockroaches in your home can be. For that reason, I am pleased to be able to provide you with the most efficient, affordable, and effective treatment options available. My team at Canton Termite and Pest Control has over 25 years of experience in the field! We are industry leaders in all forms of pest and wildlife control, including roaches.
My technicians will eliminate your roach problem as quickly and safely as possible for an affordable price that fits your budget! So if you have a cockroach infestation, or any other pest or wildlife concerns, call us today at 770-479-1598.
Ask for me, Tim McWhirter, I would be happy to speak with you and answer any questions you have.
Here’s to YOU living pest free!