What are cockroaches?
Cockroaches are some of the most adaptable and resilient pests that infest Alabama homes, making protecting our properties against these unwanted pests very tricky. American cockroaches, German cockroaches, and Oriental cockroaches are the species in our area most likely to find their way into our structures. Cockroaches thrive wherever there are people because our homes and businesses provide them with basic necessities.
American cockroaches are large roaches that are brownish-red in color. They are capable of flying short distances. German cockroaches are small, fast-moving roaches and the most common species to find in our homes and businesses. They have a light brown body with two horizontal black stripes behind their heads. Oriental cockroaches have shiny, dark bodies that are almost beetle-like in appearance. These roaches prefer to live in moist areas.
Keeping cockroaches away with preventative measures is always important to drive away potential pest infestations.
Are cockroaches dangerous?
No matter the species, cockroaches pose a serious health hazard to people. A cockroach infestation needs to be dealt with swiftly by a cockroach control professional to ensure the health and safety of you and your family.
When cockroaches are in our homes, they spread bacteria and disease-causing pathogens, contaminate food, and trigger allergies and asthma attacks.
Why do I have a cockroach problem?
A cockroach infestation can happen in any of our homes. The reason cockroaches become a problem for people is because our houses provide them with the things they need to thrive. There are four main things that our home offers cockroaches; food, water, warmth, and shelter.
Cockroaches get into our homes after they are accidentally introduced on a secondhand item like a piece of furniture or appliance or inside a delivery or grocery bag. These crafty creatures can also find a way into new structures through any small openings they discover while searching for food and water.
Where will I find cockroaches?
Outside, you will find cockroaches living on trees, in dumpsters, in sewers, near drains, under mulch, and in gardens.
Cockroaches that have found their way into a home tend to gather in areas that are warm and near sources of moisture. When cockroaches find a way into our homes, the kitchen and bathrooms are often the first to be overrun by these pests. Cockroaches hide in the back of drawers, cabinets, under sinks, and behind large appliances.
How do I get rid of cockroaches?
Get rid of cockroaches with the help of the experienced professionals at Morton's Pest Control. We have over 30 years of experience in the pest control industry and are committed to providing our customers with the best pest control possible. We take the time to listen to our customers to truly understand their unique pest issues.
Our professionals will accurately identify the cockroaches that are invading your property, where they like to hang out, and will provide the high-quality pest treatments necessary to eliminate the infestation. If you are experiencing problems with cockroaches in your Alabama home, reach out to Morton's Pest Control for help. Call today to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control service options in Huntsville.
How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?
Preventing problems with cockroaches is tricky because they can find their way into our homes in so many different ways. Being vigilant and doing your best to avoid introducing these pests or providing them with an entrance into your house is the best way to prevent issues with these dangerous pests.
- Always inspect secondhand furniture and appliances for cockroaches before bringing them into your home.
- Always check deliveries and boxes for hiding cockroaches.
- Seal common entry points like gaps under doors, cracks in the foundation, and spaces around pipes and other utilities that enter your home.
- If you live in a multi-unit building, make sure cracks in walls, ceilings, floors, and behind baseboards are adequately sealed.
- Place mesh covers over vents and drains leading into your house.
To prevent problems with cockroaches, it is also important to eliminate their access to food. Regularly wash dirty dishes, keep lids on trash cans, practice proper food storage, and frequently vacuum floors.
If you ever spot cockroaches running through your Alabama home, don't waste time trying to eliminate them on your own. Give Morton's Pest Control a call, and we'll remove the entire infestation from your home!