Every homeowner approaches cleaning in a different way. One person may be able to clean their entire home every other day while another person may only need to do a general clean once a week. Even a clean home won’t stop cockroaches from invading other homes. Although they will prefer filthy homes to clean ones, this will not stop them from entering your home to look around. How do cockroaches enter homes? These invasive pests are easy to identify.

Common Cockroaches in Pittsburgh

There are many species of cockroaches in the world. Five species of cockroaches are most common in Pittsburgh: American roaches (German roaches), Oriental roaches (Oriental roaches), brown-banded and Turkestan. Although they are all different in size, color and markings, all cockroaches share many similarities. Their bodies are oval-shaped and have two antennae. They also have six barbed legs. Cockroaches can cling to ceilings and walls thanks to the barbs on their legs. If a roach is unable to grip the surface, it will disconnect from it and roll onto its back.

The Dangers of Cockroaches

Cockroaches have more than just a few common traits. They can all be deadly. Cockroaches love to eat bacteria-ridden food and are often found in and around homes. They are attracted to a variety of diseases-causing organisms, which leads them to become infected. These pests spread disease-causing organisms through homes by crawling on countertops, pantries and other areas. These are just a few of the diseases they spread:

  • Salmonellosis
  • Typhoid fever
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Cholera
  • Plague

Horsehair worms are a parasite that causes cockroaches to be brainwashed. These parasites have no effect on humans, however.

How Cockroaches Infest Homes

Cockroaches have many ways to get into homes. Cockroaches will crawl along the foundation of a house looking for cracks or gaps that lead inside. This is the easiest and most straightforward method. If that fails, they may crawl up your exterior to look for gaps around weatherstripping or along the edges and under doors. If they have not had any luck they might check the window and door screens to see if there are tears or rips. If all else fails, they might check for damaged HVAC units or open utility pipes to see if these allow them indoor access. Sometimes, roaches can crawl through the sewer pipes to get from one home to another. This could indicate that cockroaches are coming from your toilet.

8 Tips to Prevent Roaches

  1. You can use a caulking gun for filling in cracks and gaps in the exterior foundation of your home.
  2. Door sweeps, weatherstripping and window/door screen screens that are damaged or broken can be repaired or replaced.
  3. Check that your gutters are in working order.
  4. Leaky fixtures and piping can be fixed in your home.
  5. Use a dehumidifier when indoors are particularly humid.
  6. Make sure to clean your home thoroughly and regularly.
  7. Take care of your pet.
  8. Remaining food should be kept in airtight containers.

How to Handle Roach Problems The Right Way

Pittsburgh Pest Control is here to help you if roaches have already invaded your home and are causing problems. When dealing with pest problems, we only use high-quality natural insecticide products. We believe that integrated pest control strategies are more effective and efficient than traditional chemical-based treatments.

Call us today to get more information and to schedule your Pittsburgh home for treatment for cockroaches.

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