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Cockroach Identification & Prevention

Frequently Asked Questions About Cockroaches

What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are small insects notorious for their unhygienic nature, quick reproduction rate, and known difficulty in ridding your property of them after they invade. Most cockroaches grow between 1/2 and 2 inches long, and there are many different cockroach species found in the world today. The most problematic types of cockroaches that humans in our area deal with include German, American, and oriental roaches. Most roaches range in color between tan and light brown to dark brown and black, and some species have wings.

The key to getting rid of a cockroach infestation and ensuring these pests don’t return are thorough inspections and professional cockroach pest control.

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Are cockroaches dangerous?

Cockroaches are dangerous pests to host around your property due to the diseases they carry. As they scavenge around your interior and exterior areas, they leave behind pathogens and bacteria that cause serious illnesses such as salmonella, gastroenteritis, dysentery, and listeriosis.

Additionally, cockroach infestations may cause breathing issues and asthma as they become widespread, and some individuals may have allergic reactions triggered by contact with roaches, roach saliva, or roach droppings.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

Cockroach problems typically occur on properties with lots of the things roaches love, such as easy access to food, water, and shelter. If you’re noticing an influx of cockroaches, the chances are that you have plenty of easy roach entry points on your property coupled with easily available food and moisture.

Where will I find cockroaches?

Outdoors, roaches typically hide out in compost and waste disposal areas, piles of debris, and outdoor pet food dishes. Once they gain entry to your property, you will see them in kitchens, pantries, or other food storage areas, bathrooms, basements, and around trash cans. Widespread infestations may also infiltrate the spaces between walls and appliances.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

The best way to get rid of cockroaches is to contact Bugs Northwest at the first signs of these troublesome insects. Our team will determine which type of cockroaches you are dealing with and the severity of the infestation. From there, we provide tailored roach treatments designed to eliminate every trace of these pests and return your property to a safe status.

Call us now to learn more about our cockroach control plans or to get started.

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

If you want to stop future cockroach problems from occurring, follow these expert prevention tips:

  • Seal potential cockroach entry points around your property, such as cracks near windows, doors, and the foundation.

  • Utilize window and door screens, weatherstripping, and door sweeps to ensure cockroaches stay outside.

  • Dispose of trash promptly, tightly seal trash bags, and consider using trash cans with tight-fitting lids to prevent roaches from scavenging in these areas.

  • Always store leftover food properly and clean up any food or drink spills as soon as possible to stop the aroma from attracting roaches.

  • Use airtight containers in food pantries and storage areas to stop roaches from easily scavenging around in these items.

  • Fix moisture issues on your property to eliminate excess pools of water, and the humid conditions cockroaches love.

  • Clear out areas of debris piles and organic waste to remove cockroach harborage spots.

Contact Bugs Northwest today if you need more advice about preventing cockroach infestations or require professional cockroach and pest control in the Grants Pass area to remove all traces of these pests from your home or business, returning your property to a safe and sanitary state.

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