What are cockroaches?
Cockroaches are scavenging insects that regularly make themselves a part of Utah homes and businesses. You can identify them by their oval-shape, long antennae, six legs, and quick movements.
The German cockroach is not only one of the most common cockroaches found in Springville but also found worldwide, which has close ties with people. These roaches have adapted to living primarily indoors and regularly infest our homes and businesses like restaurants, hotels, and grocery stores.
The Oriental cockroach is more beetle-like than other roaches and is closely associated with water. They are not aquatic but like to live in areas with a lot of moisture. These cockroaches are slightly larger than German cockroaches and have much more sluggish movements.
Are cockroaches dangerous?
Cockroaches are most certainly a danger to have in our Utah homes. These insects spread diseases, foul odors, and dismay wherever they go. Roaches feed and live in unsavory places and are covered in bacteria, disease-causing pathogens, and parasites. They spread illness and contaminate food, food prep areas, dishes, and utensils. Their scavenging feeding habits will also cause them to chew holes and damage food packaging, fabrics, and more. Cockroaches can also stain surfaces and fabrics with their feces.
Cockroaches also trigger allergies and asthma attacks in people, especially young children. Their shed skins, excrement, and salvia put a lot of allergens into the air.
Why do I have a cockroach problem?
German cockroaches live indoors, so they move easiest by hitchhiking. Cardboard boxes, luggage, secondhand furniture, and electronics regularly transport German cockroaches.
Oriental cockroaches can hitchhike into our homes but are more likely to enter on their own through drains, sewer lines, vents, spaces around vents, and cracks in the foundation.
No matter how cockroaches get into your house, once they get inside, these prolific breeders will quickly take over, taking advantage of the food, water, and other necessities your home provides.
Where will I find cockroaches?
Cockroaches can find their way into any of our Utah homes. Despite our best efforts, cockroaches can find their way into our homes in multiple ways, making them difficult to avoid.
If cockroaches have found a way into your home, it can be a while before you notice their presence because they are nocturnal; they are active when you are not. Cockroaches live in areas of our homes that put them near food and water. Some of their favorite resting spots include:
- The backs of drawers
- Under sinks
- In-wall voids near pipes, sinks, and tubs
- Inside furniture and boxes
- Behind wood trim or baseboards
In addition to seeing cockroaches scurrying across your home's surfaces, if cockroaches are present, you may notice a musty odor in your house or their black pepper-like droppings on floors, counters, or in drawers.
How do I get rid of cockroaches?
The best way to get rid of cockroaches from your Utah home is by partnering with us at Bug Wranglers. We offer eco-friendly and kid-friendly pest control solutions that provide our customers with peace of mind and pest-free homes. Our professionals always begin with an inspection and then develop a custom pest control plan for your Springville home that will meet your specific needs.
When you partner with us, you can be sure that we will provide you with pest control services you can count on! If you live in Utah County and want to learn more about guarding your Springville home against cockroaches, contact us today!
How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?
Prevent problems with cockroaches with the experts at Bug Wranglers and our most helpful prevention tips.
- Always inspect secondhand items for the presence of cockroaches before bringing them into your home.
- Repair leaky pipes and keep your home well ventilated- kitchens, bathrooms, crawl spaces, and basements.
- Pick up uneaten pet food each evening.
- Maintain a clean kitchen.
- Reduce their access to water by repairing leaky pipes and fixtures.
- Clean up spilled liquids and food immediately.
- Keep trash areas clean and always keep lids on trash cans.
- Store your family's food in the fridge or containers with airtight lids.