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Cockroaches: Dangerous Household Pests

05th Feb 2016

Cockroaches are a dangerous pest to have in your home because of health and safety issues. They are known to cause allergic reactions and trigger asthma attacks. They also spread 33 kinds of bacteria, including E. coli and Salmonella. They can live for a month without food and two weeks without water, making them hard to eliminate. Contact us for professional pest control if you spot a cockroach in your home or business.

Types of Cockroaches

These three types of cockroaches are common household pests. All are found in Wisconsin.

German Cockroaches

(Photo from the University of Florida)

German cockroaches are the most common type of cockroach. They will feed on almost anything, including soap and toothpaste. German cockroaches live in kitchens and bathrooms. They make their way into new spaces by hiding in cardboard boxes, secondhand appliances and grocery bags. We most often receive calls about German cockroaches.
American Cockroaches

The American cockroach is the largest type of cockroach. It often enters houses and buildings through drains and pipes. American cockroaches are most active in temperatures 70 degrees and higher. However, they can survive lower temperatures. We receive a few calls about them.

Oriental Cockroaches

(Photo from the University of Florida)

Oriental cockroaches feed on decaying and starchy foods. They can survive outside in freezing temperatures. They get into homes and other buildings by crawling under doors, along pipes and through floor drains. We have only received one call about oriental cockroaches during our time in business.

Cockroach Threats

Cockroaches can spread at least 33 types of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms and other human pathogens. They pick up pathogens on their legs and bodies as they crawl through sewers and other dirty spaces and then contaminate your home upon infestation.

Cockroaches also cause allergies and asthma attacks, especially in children.

Cockroach Prevention

Cockroaches hate clean areas. Control these pests using these tips:

-Vacuum often
-Keep kitchens clean and free of crumbs
-Seal entrances around utility pipes
-Ventilate crawl spaces to prevent moisture buildup

If you notice cockroaches in your home or workspace, contact us immediately. Our certified pest control technicians treat pest problems to keep you and your family safe and healthy.

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