The Truth About How Dangerous Cockroaches In Your Cortland Home Can Be

May 15, 2020

Everyone can agree that cockroaches are unsightly pests. Their flat slippery-looking bodies make them appear like creatures straight out of a horror movie. The only question is, are they as dangerous as they look? What most people don’t know is that cockroaches religiously clean themselves. Some are even cleaner than humans. This, however, does not at all affect their threat level. Here are some reasons cockroaches are the last pests you want crawling around in your Cortland home.

an american cockroach crawling on a floor

A Brief Descriptions Of Cockroaches

Here in Cortland, we have three different home-invading roaches. Here is a little information about each type and where you can expect to find them inside your home.

American Cockroaches

Known for being the largest roaches in North America, American cockroaches can be identified by reddish-brown bodies and the figure-eight pattern located towards the back of their heads. When inside homes, these roaches gravitate towards storage areas, basements, food-preparation areas, steam tunnels, and boiler rooms.

Oriental Cockroaches

Not as large as American cockroaches, but still quite big, Oriental cockroaches can be identified by their oval-shaped shiny black bodies. Although typically found outside, when inside homes these roaches will stick around areas that are damp and cool such as basements and crawl spaces.

German Cockroaches

German cockroaches are the most common species of home-invading roach in America. To identify these pests, look for their light brown to tan body and two parallel black stripes on the backs of their heads. Around homes, German roaches will stick around areas where they can find food, and in tight spaces where their back and belly can both be touching a surface at the same time.

How Many Cockroaches Are Too Many?

Even one cockroach in your home is bad, especially if it is a female roach that is carrying babies. The more roaches you have in your home, the greater your chances of getting sick. If you did not know, cockroaches are known for spreading dangerous sicknesses through bacteria, pathogens, and parasites. When inside homes they spread these sickness vectors across tabletops, over left-out food, inside packaged food, and anywhere else they roam.
Cockroaches can also trigger asthma attacks and allergic reactions. How do they do this? With their shed skins. As cockroaches mature, they go through several stages of molting. As they do this, skin particulates are released into the air, like dust. The bigger the infestation of cockroaches, the worse this gets.

How To Identify A Cockroach Problem

Cockroaches can be identified by three things. The first is visibly seeing them inside your home. Often times dead cockroaches can be found beneath large appliances, around basements, and in other humid areas of your home. The second thing you can look for is dots of fecal matter. Cockroach fecal matter looks very similar to coffee grounds and can be found anywhere cockroaches roam. Finally, cockroaches can be identified by a pungent oily smell in the air. The more cockroaches there are around, the worse this smell will be.
If your home shows none of these signs, here are a few prevention tips you can use to keep cockroaches away.

  • Seal gaps and cracks in your home’s exterior foundation using a high-quality caulking gun.
  • Install wire mesh screens over exterior vents.
  • Make sure your trashcans all have tight-fitting lids.
  • When your pets are done eating, pick up and clean out their bowl.
  • Store leftover food inside airtight containers after every meal.
  • Clean up food and drink messes as they happen around your home.

For even more protection against cockroaches or to eliminate a current cockroach problem, trust the professionals at Sweeney Pest. We have the tools and experience needed to get and keep your home cockroach-free. 
Contact us today if you have any questions, or would like to schedule an inspection for your Cortland home.

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