Cockroaches are among the most infamous pests out there. Few pests are so heavily associated with dirt and disease; the sight of a cockroach can be alarming for many people.
Where Do Cockroaches Come From?
There is a widespread misconception that cockroaches are only typically found in dirty and unclean environments. However, cockroaches don’t discriminate’ they will happily set up shop wherever they can. Keeping your home clean and practising good hygiene will address some of the reasons that cockroaches might choose your property as their new home. But it won’t guarantee that you are immune from an infestation and they may well decide to move in anyway.
If you have just moved into your property, or this is your first summer or winter living there, it’s possible that any cockroaches you find were here before you were and are now just revealing themselves for the first time. They are also very easy for other insects and animals to transport from other places. You might have even bought them yourself inadvertently, they have been known to hitch a ride with people and their property when they move to a new home.
There are some simple things you can do that will reduce the chances of a stowaway cockroach using you for a free ride into your home. If a pregnant cockroach or her egg case is hidden in a shopping back or in a cardboard box, they will often end up hatching in the same drawer or cupboard where you store your shopping bags and old corrugated boxes. Making a point of disposing of both of these things once you are finished with them will avoid giving them the chance to hatch.
Of course, many people deliberately hang on to old bags and boxes so they can be reused later. If you don’t like the idea of throwing them away, see if they can be recycled. You can also give reusable shopping bags a quick but thorough rinse to dislodge any egg cases that might be in there.
If you work in a hospital or restaurant, or any other business where cockroaches have been known to be present, you should be vigilant about bringing them home with you. Similarly, children can pick up cockroaches without realising it. Any self-respecting schoolboy who sees cockroach is going to investigate further (girls are too sensible for that nonsense). It is worth letting your children know about cockroaches and that, while they are cool, they aren’t something you want in your home or business.
What Problems Can Cockroaches Cause?
Cockroaches can cause numerous problems for people and property. But because of the widespread misconception that cockroaches are only drawn to dirty places, their presence in any business becomes problematic. Customers and other visitors to a cockroach-infested business won’t be impressed by the sight of the bugs. No pest infestation is a good look for a business, but cockroaches have a reputation that proceeds them, making them a bonafide PR nightmare for any business.
Even if you aren’t particularly sensitive to or afraid of insects, cockroaches are generally bigger than other insects. This in itself makes them seem much more threatening to a lot of people. If the sight of a cockroach makes you feel physically uneasy, you aren’t alone. No one wants to share their home with these guys.
But it isn’t just their appearance that causes problems. Cockroaches are known to present numerous other difficulties to homeowners and their families. They can also present a health hazard to businesses and their clientele. Cockroach infestations need to be dealt with promptly, or they can expose everyone in your property to a range of potential illnesses and parasites.
Because cockroaches will eat anything, and we really do mean anything, they are a common vector for food poisoning. If a cockroach is crawling around somewhere unsanitary or eating raw or decaying meat, they can easily pick up germs, bacteria, and parasites. Wherever they go from there, they will track these pathogens with them and contaminate any surfaces they come into contact with.
Dysentery is a disease caused by ingesting faecal matter. Even microscopic pieces of faecal matter can be enough to cause dysentery. Any cockroach that has been walking in or around faecal matter can then spread it with them wherever they go.
Cockroaches are also known to spread worms. Both tapeworms and roundworms can cause severe health issues in humans; cockroaches spread both. Tapeworms live in humans’ digestive tracts and steal their food, denying them vital nutrients. Meanwhile, roundworms have been known to cause serious illnesses like trichinosis.
When we said that cockroaches ate anything, we weren’t exaggerating. Cockroaches will happily work their way through both organic and inorganic matter. They can cause damage to property, produce, and products. Because cockroaches like to stay hidden and tend to stick to dark areas, any damage they do can go unnoticed for quite some time.
How Do I Know I Have A Cockroach Problem?
Cockroaches are excellent at hiding and avoiding people. As a result, you will often notice the signs of a cockroach infestation without ever seeing one of the insects themselves.
Cockroaches produce distinctive droppings when they don’t have access to enough water. Under these conditions, cockroach droppings will be brown to black and cylindrical. They are around 2 mm in length and look unlike other insect droppings.
On the other hand, if there is plenty of water available, cockroaches will instead leave behind smear marks. These are irregular in shape but are of a similar colour. Usually, you will find these marks on horizontal surfaces and at the junctions between walls and floors.
Another distinct sign of cockroaches is their shed skins. On average, a cockroach will shed their skins 5-8 times before they reach maturity. Usually, cockroaches will shed their skins in the area around where they are sheltering.
If you notice any of the above signs in your home or business, you should check the following places to see if cockroaches are present:
- Bathrooms: bathrooms are a favourite hideout for cockroaches, especially at the back of cabinets, where they are well hidden. If your bathroom cabinets are well-stocked with soap and toiletry products, these will provide them with additional hiding spots. Check the areas behind sinks and other fixtures thoroughly, especially areas that are dark.
- Kitchens: Again, you should pay particular attention to the cupboards and cabinets where cockroaches can hide most effectively. They are adept at squeezing into the gaps behind pipe work and will seek out any nooks and crannies available to hide themselves in.
- Basements: If your property has a basement, this is one of the most likely places to find a cockroach infestation, especially if you don’t go down there much. Not only are there all the usual hiding spots, but basements are often overflowing with the kind of materials that cockroaches love to chew through when they get the opportunity.
The Cockroach Smell
A tell-tale sign of a cockroach infestation is their smell. Unlike most insects, cockroaches produce a strong and distinct smell. This smell is often described as being musty or sweet, perhaps with a hint of almonds. If you notice any unusual lingering smells in addition to any of the signs outlined above, you may well have a cockroach infestation on your hands.
How Can Bon Accord Help You?
There are numerous products on the market for dealing with cockroach infestations, including a range of sprays for killing or deterring the pests. But if you want to be certain of removing a cockroach infestation front our home, you need to contact a professional pest control service like Bon Accord.
Our expert pest control technicians can assess your home or business to confirm the issue and the extent of the problem. Once we know what we are dealing with, we can put together an action plan for you. This action plan will be tailored to your property and the nature of your infestation.
We offer cockroach treatments that are child and pet-friendly; there’s no need to worry about any exposure to harmful chemicals. We will arrange to visit your property at a time that is convenient for you and apply the agreed-upon treatment.
One of the main benefits of using Bon Accord instead of dealing with the problem yourself is that we can also provide you with aftercare and advice to ensure you don’t have to worry about future infestations. With Bon Accord, homeowners, families, and businesses can be confident of a cockroach-free existence.
If you suspect a cockroach infestation on your property, contact Bon Accord today. We guarantee success and satisfaction every time.
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