How To Spot Early Warning Signs Of Cockroaches In Your Delaware County Home

1/15/2022

Cockroaches. Everyone is likely all too familiar with these unsightly little intruders, but can you recognize the insidious signs of a mounting infestation? A cockroach problem can easily happen to anyone and can grow much more quickly than you might realize. As common as cockroaches are, they're also tough to catch. Often enough, a population will fester unnoticed until there are too many of them NOT to notice. Thankfully, the horrors of a cockroach infestation problem are completely preventable if you know what to look for. That's why we've arranged the following information—to help you spot the warning signs before they spiral out of control.

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What To Look For, And Where

There are three main species of cockroach common to Delaware county. Be aware of:

  • The German Cockroach: Typically about 1/2 of an inch long, brown or dark red, and identifiable by a pair of black stripes under the base of their heads.
  • The American Cockroach: Measuring in at about 2 inches long with a dark brown carapace, this is the largest and fastest roach species.
  • The Oriental Cockroach. Also known as the water bug, this pest is about 1 inch long and often dark brown or black in color.

If you happen to see one cockroach, be aware that there are likely more lurking in areas of your house. Each species leaves behind similar signs of its presence. Look out for droppings, egg casings, molted shells, and a distinctive musty odor. Be thorough. Search any place in your home that's dark, damp, and seldom disturbed, as well as anywhere food is stored. Behind kitchen appliances, under cabinets, and near plumbing are all common congregation zones for roaches.

The Dangers And Difficulties Associated With A Cockroach Problem

Don't underestimate the roach! These puny pests are far more dangerous than they seem, mainly because they're so filthy. Cockroaches crawl through sewer systems and aren't shy about carrion or excrement. They can trigger allergies, asthma, and carry a wide variety of parasites and pathogens, including dysentery and salmonella. All those bacteria end up in your kitchen and on your food.

The cockroach can be quite difficult to get rid of, as well. They're as resilient as they are sneaky and twice as stubborn. They can subsist on very little food or even survive decapitation! 

Roaches also breed and mature incredibly quickly. A single female could produce 30 offspring with a single egg sac, which will grow into full-sized roaches within four months.

You can imagine how quickly things will get out of hand.

How To Prevent A Cockroach Problem In Your Delaware County Home

If you suspect you're in the early stages of a roach infestation, or if you need prevention tips, here are a few things you should do:

  • Keep your property clean.
  • Store food in airtight containers.
  • Seal potential entry points.
  • Repair leaks to prevent moisture buildup.

Despite your best efforts to keep cockroaches out of your home, you still may find yourself in the throws of an infestation. If you're tackling a cockroach problem, it's best to partner with the experts at M.A.D. Exterminators. 

M.A.D. Exterminators Can Help With Year-Round Cockroach Control

The points above are good practice, but an actual infestation can often prove overwhelming. The absolute best way to beat the bugs back is to bring in the professionals—the experts here at M.A.D. Exterminators provide a complete and personalized approach to home pest control and commercial pest control. Reach out today, and our certified technicians will take care of everything, from inspection to tailored treatment to comprehensive prevention and continued care. We're not just an expert service; we're a partnership—and we're only a call away.

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