If cockroaches were crawling around your Edenton property, you would know about it, right? Unfortunately, this is not always the case. The majority of roaches are smart enough to stay out of sight when inside a home.
It’s only the brave few that build up enough courage to wander openly into your kitchen to scare the hair off you and your family members. How can you know your home has a cockroach problem without waiting for them to become brave? Here are a few great signs our team uses regularly.
Cockroaches Common Around Edenton
Edenton is home to thousands of species of pests a few of which are cockroaches. To help simplify things for you today, here are the three most common species of roaches found living around our area:
German Cockroaches: The German cockroach is ½ to ⅝ inches long, light brown, and has two dark parallel stripes just behind its head. Known for being the most common species of home-invading roach in the US and found on every continent except Antarctica, this pest causes many serious problems for area homeowners.
American Cockroaches: The American cockroach is ¼” to 2 ⅛” in length, reddish-brown, and has a yellow figure-eight pattern on its back located just behind its head. Due to its larger size, this pest is less commonly found inside homes but is still a huge problem when it comes indoors.
Oriental Cockroaches: The Oriental cockroach is 1” long, shiny black, and has no distinguishing features besides visible rudimentary wings on females. Also known as water bugs, this pest often invades home during inclement times of the year.
Signs Of A Cockroach Infestation
Cockroaches do their best to stay out of sight but are not always effective at hiding their presence. To help you better spot these invasive pests around your Edenton property, here are seven signs to let you know they are around:
Brown, irregular mear marks across floorboards
Coffee ground like droppings
Red, sometimes brown egg capsules
Damage to food packaging
An unusual foul, odor in the air
Live roaches crawling around
Some Simple Ways To Prevent Cockroaches
Roaches are less likely to invade a home that doesn’t provide them with what they need. To reduce your chances of an infestation, here are some practical prevention tips to try:
Eliminate sources of water build up around your property.
Trim back vegetation from touching the exterior of your home.
Fix leaky pipes and fixtures.
Address problems with your gutters.
Use a dehumidifier indoors.
Seal cracks, holes, and gaps in your home’s exterior foundation.
Repair damage to weatherstripping, door sweeps, and window/door screens.
Install metal screens over outputs and exterior vents that do not have covers.
Regularly clean your home and do not neglect to get beneath large kitchen appliances and furniture.
Store leftover foods inside sealable containers.
Make sure your trash cans have tight-fitting lids.
Why Calling A Professional Is A Good Choice For Cockroach Problems
When cockroaches invade it is incredibly difficult to get them out on your own. If you suspect these pests are crawling around inside your Edenton home, let the experts at Pest & Termite Consultants help.
We will put in place effective treatments around the perimeter of your home designed to keep annoying, destructive, and dangerous pests like cockroaches out. Contact us today to schedule your Edenton home for a service visit. Let us show you why we are your best option for quality pest control.