Roach Control & Extermination
Roaches in and around your home can cause big problems. Like many other pests, they can carry diseases that impact humans, including gastrointestinal problems, dysentery and typhoid. In addition, many people are allergic to cockroach droppings. If you have spotted a cockroach in your home, call our team or schedule your FREE initial inspection below.
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Cockroaches are often considered synonymous with garbage, dirt, and poor hygiene. However, you can have a clean home and still have cockroaches scurrying around that have made their way in from outside. Cockroaches should be dealt with quickly, as they can cause problems for individuals and families. The habits in which they feed and nest cause them to easily ingest and carry/distribute a wide variety of pathogenic microorganisms. These include bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites which can cause illnesses, contaminate food, and can harm you and your family. Some of the diseases roaches have been known to carry include:
- E Coli
- Typhoid Fever
- Other forms of gastroenteritis
Roaches invade our homes and make those intimate spaces their own. No place is sacred, and you can have an unexpected (and unwelcome) visit opening the toilet in the middle of the day as soon as one in the kitchen when getting a midnight snack. As disturbing physical embodiments of all things filthy, they show that for all of our attempts to fortify against dirt and disease, those efforts alone are often times ultimately futile. Even the cleanest homes can end up with a roach problem if any entry points exist, since roaches can live off of something as unimposing as the glue that seals a cardboard box for months at a time. Any organic matter is a potential food source, and once breeding begins, an infestation can happen in a matter of weeks. Don’t wait to get this problem fixed.
If you have cockroaches, don’t live in fear! contact your local pest control heroes at Clegg’s today to learn how we can help eliminate the infestation once and for all.
Types of Cockroaches in North Carolina
German Cockroaches are about 1/2 inch long and tan brown. Their unique characteristic is the 2 stripes on the upper portion of their body. Usually found in warm area near a water source. They invade many homes and businesses by way of groceries (bags), boxes, and used appliances/furniture. Prefer dark and damp protected sites like cracks and voids.
Treatment begins with the pest expert identifying all potential home sites and then treating the active ones focusing in closely on cracks and voids.
The American Cockroach is the largest of the 4 species shown here. They are up to 2 inches long and are red-brown in color. Their unique characteristic is that they have a yellow “figure-8″ on the upper portion of their body. Prefers warm, very damp areas such as sewers, crawlspaces, basements, & attics. When found outdoors, they are usually found in tree holes or wood piles (anything with heavy ground cover). In the South, American Cockroaches are usually found outdoors. Treatment is performed at the site in which they are inhabiting. American Cockroaches usually eat any insect bait that they encounter; they are not as picky of an eater as the German Cockroach when it comes to eating. Once treatment is complete there are several things a homeowner can do to control their cockroach population and here are a few examples: 1) Seal exterior cracks & holes 2) Remove pet food during night 3) Improve crawlspace & attic ventilation.
The Smokybrown Cockroach is up to 1 1/2 inches long and is a uniform mahogany color. This species is very similar to the American Cockroach. This species of cockroach lives in tree holes, wood piles, etc. When these cockroaches come inside the home it will be through the attic and crawlspace. This species of cockroach is also able to fly.
The Oriental Cockroach is about 1 inch long. The male species has brown wings that extend partway down its abdomen. The female species is black with no wings, only small wing pads. The Oriental Cockroach prefers dark, damp areas. This species is very common in basements and crawlspaces. During the summer months, this species moves outdoors and lives near wet areas. Treatment is very similar to that of the American Cockroach in that a dust is usually used and/or a granular bait to treat exterior voids & cracks as well as any active home sites around the structure. There are a few things that a homeowner can do to help prevent future infestations:
- Seal exterior cracks & holes
- Improve crawlspace ventilation
- Minimize ground covers near structure
If you have cockroaches, contact Clegg’s today to learn how we can help eliminate the infestation.