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Here's Why Cockroaches In Your Eustis Home Are So Dangerous

July 15, 2020 - Cockroaches

For centuries humanity has been seeking ways to cure and avoid sickness. It wasn’t until the past 100 years that much progress in this area was made. Back in ancient times, it was acceptable to leave waste, teeming with sickness vectors, on the streets. In our modern-day age, however, we understand how important it is to keep our bodies and environment clean to avoid dangerous bacteria, pathogens, and parasitic pests. The question is, what should you do when sickness vectors, hidden in and on cockroaches, force their way into your home? Here are a few things you should know about the dangers cockroaches pose along with some simple prevention tips to help keep these dirty pests out of your Eustis home.

Common Cockroaches Around Eustis

There are a few different cockroach species that live here in Eustis. We have American roaches, German roaches, Oriental roaches, and brown-banded roaches. Here is how to identify each.

American roaches are the largest species of cockroach here in North America and are capable of growing to be upwards of 1 ⅘” in length. Besides their size, these roaches can be identified by their reddish-brown bodies and the yellow figure-eight pattern located right behind their head.

German cockroaches are the most common home-invading species of roach here in America. These pests are best identified by their ½” - ⅝” long,  light brown to tan, oval-shaped bodies, and by the two dark almost parallel lines located just behind their heads.

Oriental cockroaches, despite their name, we’re believed to have originated from Africa or Russia. To identify these pests look for ⅘” - 1” long roaches around your home with a sleek black-colored exoskeleton. 

Brown-banded cockroaches are of the smallest species of roach around the world and only typically grow to be half an inch in length, max. Similar in appearance to German cockroaches brown-banded roaches have light brown to tan body color and have dark bands running down their wings.

How and Why Cockroaches Are Bad News Around Homes

Although different in appearance, all cockroaches pose the same list of unique problems. The most serious problem they pose is with the 33 different kinds of bacteria, 8 human pathogens, and 7 parasitic worms they can carry into and spread throughout homes. These sickness vectors are often picked up by cockroaches from sewage, garbage, and dead and decaying organisms. Some of the most common diseases cockroaches can spread include salmonellosis, dysentery, leprosy, cholera, and typhoid fever.

Cockroaches are also capable of triggering asthma attacks and allergic reactions with their shed skins, fecal matter, and urine which they spread throughout homes. These allergens act like dust and become more severe as cockroach infestations grow.

Whether you own a home or a business, cockroaches are dangerous and not good to have around, especially because they do their "dirty" work at night when you aren’t looking.

How To Prevent Cockroaches

If your home or business has not yet been infested by cockroaches, now is your time to put in place some prevention steps to make sure it stays that way. Here are a few of the best tips our experts have to offer.

  • Using a caulking gun or some liquid cement, seal up gaps and cracks in your business; or your home’s exterior foundation.
  • Repair or replace damaged weather stripping, torn window/door screens, and worn door sweeps around your home or business.
  • Address moisture issues by fixing leaks, repairing broken gutters, and using a dehumidifier inside where it is particularly humid.
  • Store leftover food items inside airtight glass, metal, or plastic containers.
  • Keep your home or business as clean as possible.
  • Invest in high-quality pest control services.

For the absolute best and easiest home cockroach prevention, trust the professionals here at Pest Ref Services. We will put in place long-lasting and effective solutions to keep roaches and a wide variety of other pests out of your Eustis home.

Give us a call today to find a plan that fits your budget and satisfies your needs.

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