Cockroaches Can Carry a Variety of Dangerous Diseases

Cockroaches Can Trigger Allergies and Asthma

Published on August 13, 2017

When cockroaches overtake a particular area, they are likely to contaminate food and food preparation surfaces, destroy certain materials like fabric and paper, and leave unpleasant stains and odors on any surface they come into contact with.

Both American and German cockroaches have been known to spread harmful bacteria which can lead to serious diseases if they come into contact human habitations. Indeed, they’ve been implicated in the spread of diseases like typhoid, dysentery, food poisoning, and hepatitis. Likewise, large cockroach infestations have occasionally been known to cause allergies and increase the risk of asthma in some people. Most experts agree that the severity of a cockroach infestation can be tied directly to housing disrepair and sanitary conditions.

Controlling a cockroach infestation is a tricky proposition, because there’s virtually no end to their hiding places. However, it should be noted that cockroaches are tropical and prefer warm areas that have easy access to water. You can use this information to narrow down the possible hiding places, and then begin to limit their access to food and water.

If cockroaches maintain unlimited access to food, bait traps, which a primary means of cockroach control, will most likely be ineffective. Likewise, insect repellents and commercially available sprays on their own will not be enough to eliminate an entire infestation.

Naturally, knowing which species of cockroach will aid in bringing a swift end to the infestation, as different species of cockroaches have subtly different behavior. This information will allow pest control professionals to place traps, repellents, and insecticides with as much accuracy and effectiveness as possible.

A vital step in eliminating cockroaches from a given area is to maintain a degree of cleanliness and sanitation. Cockroaches will reinvade as long as an area is suitable to them, meaning that as long as an area has enough food and water to support their needs, then will return to a spot they had just been driven away from, despite any previous measures to dispel them.

Various pesticides and sprays are on the market for use against cockroaches, but they are only partly-effective and will only temporarily suppress a tenacious cockroach population. Some devices, such as ultrasound-emitting repellents, are patently ineffective and should be avoided.

Traps may be effective against smaller populations, but care should be taken to place them where cockroaches will encounter them while foraging. Many pest control professionals recommend placing them at the junctions of floors and walls wherever suspected cockroach activity is taking place.

 

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas cockroach control experts are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If cockroaches have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced cockroach removal experts.

Effective Cockroach Control Begins With Inspection and Identification

Cockroaches Are Attracted to Food, Warmth, and Moisture

As they invade human dwellings, cockroaches pick up dangerous microbes on the microscopic hairs on their legs and spines. If they travel through sewage drains, for example, they can collect dangerous bacteria and then deposit it if they travel across food or food preparation areas.

Cockroaches can enter buildings through drains, pipes, and cracks in structural foundations. They can be found in private residences, but are also common in larger commercial buildings and grocery stores, food processing plants, and hospitals—basically wherever access to food is available. Roaches also frequently infest basements and gardens.

Apart from their ability to spread disease through the contamination of kitchen surfaces and eating utensils, cockroaches have been known to trigger asthma. As cockroach nymphs develop, they periodically shed their skins or exoskeletons. Exoskeleton particles, along with particles cockroach’s feces can function as antigens when inhaled and exacerbate allergic reactions.

When dealing with a cockroach infestation, it’s very rare that only one pest control method is used. Likewise, many follow-up inspections will be required in order to ensure that the treatment is effective.

Effective cockroach control begins with inspection. A good flashlight is helpful when trying to track down signs of cockroaches, as is some kind of flushing agent like aerosol. Keep an eye out for dark speckling which accumulates where cockroaches congregate.

Other signs of infestation include discarded skins and egg shells. These signs can help determine the cockroaches’ point of origin. The use of sticky traps can also help determine areas of roach activity. Leaving these traps in place and checking them regularly can help give an early warning and indicate a roach problem before an infestation gets out of hand.

Another important step in controlling a roach population is exclusion, which means restricting their movement and number of hiding places. It will likely not be possible to remove all avenues of movement, but doing whatever you can will nevertheless make an impact. Consider using some kind of sealant, urethane foam, or caulking material to seal up cracks in walls or under skins where cockroaches might be entering.

Sanitation is also an obviously important aspect in cockroach control and involving removing their access to food and water. While exclusion and sanitation alone will likely not be enough to eliminate cockroaches altogether, their dual implementation will improve the chances of pesticide application.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas cockroach control experts are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If cockroaches have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced cockroaches removal experts.

Cockroaches Are Tenacious and Unsanitary Pests

Keep Disease Carrying Cockroaches out of Your Home

Cockroaches have the ability to spread up to thirty-three different kinds of bacteria, as well as a variety of parasitic worms and other human pathogens. Cockroaches can enter buildings through drains, pipes, and cracks in structural foundations. They can be found in private residences, but are also common in larger commercial buildings and grocery stores, food processing plants, and hospitals—basically wherever access to food is available. Roaches also frequently infest basements and gardens.

As they infest human dwellings, cockroaches pick up dangerous microbes on the microscopic hairs on their legs and spines. If they travel through sewage drains, for example, they can collect dangerous bacteria and then deposit it if they travel across food or food preparation areas.

Apart from their ability to spread disease through the contamination of kitchen surfaces and eating utensils, cockroaches have been known to trigger asthma. As cockroach nymphs develop, they periodically shed their skins or exoskeletons. Exoskeleton particles, along with particles cockroach’s feces can function as antigens when inhaled and exacerbate allergic reactions.

When dealing with a cockroach infestation, it’s very rare that only one pest control method is used. Likewise, many follow-up inspections by yourself and an exterminator will be required in order to ensure that the treatment is effective.

Effective cockroach control begins with inspection. A good flashlight is helpful when trying to track down signs of cockroaches, as is some kind of flushing agent like aerosol. Keep an eye out for dark speckling which accumulates where cockroaches congregate. Other signs of infestation include discarded skins and egg shells. These signs can help determine the cockroaches’ point of origin. The use of sticky traps can also help determine areas of roach activity. Leaving these traps in place and checking them regularly can help give an early warning and indicate a roach problem before an infestation gets out of hand.

Not unlike mice, cockroaches will maintain their hiding places within a few feet of their food source. Apart from food, roaches will seek out areas that offer warmth, moisture, and shelter. Roaches typically prefer organic surfaces like wood and cardboard.

Younger nymphs rarely venture more than two feet from their hiding places, and fully grown adults usually don’t roam more than 10 feet, which means that you likely won’t have to look far from food storage areas to find a coven of roaches.

Sanitation is also an obviously important aspect in cockroach control and involving removing their access to food and water. While exclusion and sanitation alone will likely not be enough to eliminate cockroaches altogether, their dual implementation will improve the chances of pesticide application.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas cockroach exterminators are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If cockroaches have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced cockroach removal experts.

Cockroach Identification and Removal

Cockroaches Will Seek Out Food, Moisture, and Warmth

The most common American cockroach stands as the largest roach at slightly bigger than 2 inches, and are a reddish brown, or mahogany color while their young are a greyish white color. Another common roach that infests homes, the Brown Banded cockroach, are considerably smaller in size around 5/8th of an inch and vary from light to dark brown with two dark lines running down its back. As is the case with other species, their small size often makes effective cockroach removal quite difficult.

All roaches have a mouth that is bent downward and backwards for better chewing and that can mentally process smell and taste simultaneously. Despite constantly being on the lookout for more food sources, roaches can store body fat and live off that fat.

Due to their nocturnal habits, it is hard find clear evidence that you may have an infestation, making successful cockroach removal all the more difficult. Cockroaches tend to look for nesting areas that are dark, warm and moist. They can be found behind refrigerators, freezers, stoves, under sinks and floor drains and due to their ability to flatten themselves down they can live underneath mats, behind wallpaper and inside walls cracks.

Further evidence that you have an infestation will be the shed exoskeletons or molting cockroaches and cockroach carcasses. Cockroaches are adaptable creatures and can live off of practically anything that is decaying in their surrounding environment such as hair, books, rotting food, feces, and even wallpaper glue.

Cockroaches that inhabit a home tend to go to the most abundant food source which will be any human food that is easily accessible, making swift cockroach removal an absolute necessity.

The common belief that cockroaches are unsanitary, disgusting creatures is not unfounded, and because they can live off unsanitary things and then get to any surface in your home they can carry large amounts of bacteria that can be harmful to you.

After you come into contact with something that a cockroach has touched you can contract dysentery, typhoid, poliomyelitis, and gastroenteritis. Other health problems can include worsening allergies or asthma due to the dust created by shed exoskeletons.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas cockroach removal experts are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If cockroaches have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced cockroach removal experts.

Challenges of Cockroach Removal

Information Pertaining to Pesticides and Cockroach Removal

The main types of cockroaches are the American, Brown Banded, Oriental, and German cockroaches. All roaches are flat, and oval in shape, oily in texture, have wings, and six legs that allow them to scurry quickly across surfaces.

Also all roaches have a mouth that is bent downward and backwards for better chewing and that can mentally process smell and taste simultaneously. Despite constantly being on the lookout for more food sources, roaches can store body fat and live off that fat.

The most common American cockroach stands as the largest roach at slightly bigger than 2 inches, and are a reddish brown, or mahogany color while their young are a greyish white color. Another common roach that infests homes, the Brown Banded cockroach, are considerably smaller in size around 5/8th of an inch and vary from light to dark brown with two dark lines running down its back. As is the case with other species, their small size often makes effective cockroach removal quite difficult.

Due to their nocturnal lifestyle it is hard find clear evidence that you may have an infestation, making successful cockroach removal all the more difficult. Cockroaches tend to look for nesting areas that are dark, warm and moist. They can be found behind refrigerators, freezers, stoves, under sinks and floor drains and due to their ability to flatten themselves down they can live underneath mats, behind wallpaper and inside cracks in the wall.

Another indication that you may have a problem is the evidence of their feces. Depending on the size of the cockroach, their feces can vary from the size of coffee grounds to resembling rodent feces which is cylindrical.

Further evidence that you have an infestation will be the shed exoskeletons or molting cockroaches and cockroach carcasses. Cockroaches are adaptable creatures and can live off of practically anything that is decaying in their surrounding environment such as hair, books, rotting food, feces, and even wallpaper glue. Cockroaches that inhabit a home tend to go to the most abundant food source which will be any human food that is easily accessible, making swift cockroach removal an absolute necessity.

The common belief that cockroaches are unsanitary, disgusting creatures is not unfounded, and because they can live off unsanitary things and then get to any surface in your home they can carry large amounts of bacteria that can be harmful to you. After you come into contact with something that a cockroach has touched you can contract dysentery, typhoid, poliomyelitis, and gastroenteritis. Other health problems can include worsening allergies or asthma due to the dust created by shed exoskeletons.

Cantu Pest Control is proud to be the first company in Texas to offer a Green Shield Certified Service. Our Dallas cockroach removal experts are excited to offer Green Shield Certified pest services to our customers in search of a more prevention-based solution to their pest removal and on-going pest management needs while minimizing the use of pesticides.

If cockroaches have made unwanted appearances around your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced cockroach removal experts.

When Cockroaches Invade

Cockroaches: Ubiquitous and Tenacious Pests

Cockroaches are some of the most ubiquitous—and hard to kill—insects on earth. They are found on every continents and cause no end of problems for homeowners. Apart from residential buildings, they can be found in grocery stores, office complexes, and basically anywhere else where food and water can be found.

These troublesome pests can enter buildings through cracks and crevices in the foundation as well as through drains, pipes, and ventilation systems. Cockroaches are often outdoor pests as much as indoor pests, and have been known to infest gardens and lawns. Some experts suggest that cockroaches have the ability to transmit thirty-three different kinds of diseases, and routinely spread countless bacteria as the scuttle across floors and food preparation areas.

Apart from their ability to spread disease through the contamination of kitchen surfaces and eating utensils, cockroaches have been known to trigger asthma. As cockroach nymphs develop, they periodically shed their skins or exoskeletons. Exoskeleton particles, along with particles cockroach’s feces can function as antigens when inhaled and exacerbate allergic reactions.

When dealing with a cockroach infestation, it’s very rare that only one pest control method is used. Likewise, many follow-up inspections will be required in order to ensure that the treatment is effective.

Effective cockroach control begins with inspection. A good flashlight is helpful when trying to track down signs of cockroaches, as is some kind of flushing agent like aerosol. Keep an eye out for dark speckling which accumulates where cockroaches congregate. Other signs of infestation include discarded skins and egg shells. These signs can help determine the cockroaches’ point of origin. The use of sticky traps can also help determine areas of roach activity. Leaving these traps in place and checking them regularly can help give an early warning and indicate a roach problem before an infestation gets out of hand.

Not unlike mice, cockroaches will maintain their hiding places within a few feet of their food source. Apart from food, roaches will seek out areas that offer warmth, moisture, and shelter. Roaches typically prefer organic surfaces like wood and cardboard.

Younger nymphs rarely venture more than two feet from their hiding places, and fully grown adults usually don’t roam more than 10 feet, which means that you likely won’t have to look far from food storage areas to find a coven of roaches.

Another important step in controlling a roach population is exclusion, which means restricting their movement and number of hiding places. It will likely not be possible to remove all avenues of movement, but doing whatever you can will nevertheless make an impact. Consider using some kind of sealant, urethane foam, or caulking material to seal up cracks in walls or under skins where cockroaches might be entering.

Sanitation is also an obviously important aspect in cockroach control and involving removing their access to food and water. While exclusion and sanitation alone will likely not be enough to eliminate cockroaches altogether, their dual implementation will improve the chances of pesticide application.

If cockroaches have made unsightly appearances in your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced pest control experts.

Cockroaches and Allergies

If left untreated, cockroaches spread harmful bacteria and exacerbate allergies

Cockroaches can enter buildings through drains, pipes, and cracks in structural foundations. They can be found in private residences, but are also common in larger commercial buildings and grocery stores, food processing plants, and hospitals—basically wherever access to food is available. Roaches also frequently infest basements and gardens.

Cockroaches reportedly have the ability to spread 33 different kinds of bacteria, as well as a variety of parasitic worms and other human pathogens.

As they invade human dwellings, cockroaches pick up dangerous microbes on the microscopic hairs on their legs and spines. If they travel through sewage drains, for example, they can collect dangerous bacteria and then deposit it if they travel across food or food preparation areas.

Apart from their ability to spread disease through the contamination of kitchen surfaces and eating utensils, cockroaches have been known to trigger asthma. As cockroach nymphs develop, they periodically shed their skins or exoskeletons. Exoskeleton particles, along with particles cockroach’s feces can function as antigens when inhaled and exacerbate allergic reactions.

When dealing with a cockroach infestation, it’s very rare that only one pest control method is used. Likewise, many follow-up inspections will be required in order to ensure that the treatment is effective.

Effective cockroach control begins with inspection. A good flashlight is helpful when trying to track down signs of cockroaches, as is some kind of flushing agent like aerosol. Keep an eye out for dark speckling which accumulates where cockroaches congregate. Other signs of infestation include discarded skins and egg shells. These signs can help determine the cockroaches’ point of origin. The use of sticky traps can also help determine areas of roach activity. Leaving these traps in place and checking them regularly can help give an early warning and indicate a roach problem before an infestation gets out of hand.

Not unlike mice, cockroaches will maintain their hiding places within a few feet of their food source. Apart from food, roaches will seek out areas that offer warmth, moisture, and shelter. Roaches typically prefer organic surfaces like wood and cardboard.

Younger nymphs rarely venture more than two feet from their hiding places, and fully grown adults usually don’t roam more than 10 feet, which means that you likely won’t have to look far from food storage areas to find a coven of roaches.

Another important step in controlling a roach population is exclusion, which means restricting their movement and number of hiding places. It will likely not be possible to remove all avenues of movement, but doing whatever you can will nevertheless make an impact. Consider using some kind of sealant, urethane foam, or caulking material to seal up cracks in walls or under skins where cockroaches might be entering.

Sanitation is also an obviously important aspect in cockroach control and involving removing their access to food and water. While exclusion and sanitation alone will likely not be enough to eliminate cockroaches altogether, their dual implementation will improve the chances of pesticide application.

If cockroaches have made an unsightly appearance in your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced pest control experts.

Removing Cockroaches

Cockroaches: Causes and Control Methods

Cockroaches can become pests in any structure where food preparation or storage takes place, including homes, school, restaurants, hotels, hospitals, warehouses, offices, and as well as limitless others. When cockroaches overtake a particular area, they are likely to contaminate food and food preparation surfaces, destroy certain materials like fabric and paper, and leave unpleasant stains and odors on any surface they come into contact with. Both American and German cockroaches have been known to spread harmful bacteria which can lead to serious diseases if they come into contact human habitations. Indeed, they’ve been implicated in the spread of diseases like typhoid, dysentery, food poisoning, and hepatitis. Likewise, large cockroach infestations have occasionally been known to cause allergies and increase the risk of asthma in some people. Most experts agree that the severity of a cockroach infestation can be tied directly to housing disrepair and sanitary conditions.

Controlling a cockroach infestation is a tricky proposition, because there’s virtually no end to their hiding places. However, it should be noted that cockroaches are tropical and prefer warm areas that have easy access to water. You can use this information to narrow down the possible hiding places, and then begin to limit their access to food and water. If cockroaches maintain unlimited access to food, bait traps, which a primary means of cockroach control, will most likely be ineffective. Likewise, insect repellents and commercially available sprays on their own will not be enough to eliminate an entire infestation.

Naturally, knowing which species of cockroach will aid in bringing a swift end to the infestation, as different species of cockroaches have subtly different behavior. This information will allow pest control professionals to place traps, repellents, and insecticides with as much accuracy and effectiveness as possible. A vital step in eliminating cockroaches from a given area is to maintain a degree of cleanliness and sanitation. Cockroaches will reinvade as long as an area is suitable to them, meaning that as long as an area has enough food and water to support their needs, then will return to a spot they had just been driven away from, despite any previous measures to dispel them. Various pesticides and sprays are on the market for use against cockroaches, but they are only partly-effective and will only temporarily suppress a tenacious cockroach population. Some devices, such as ultrasound-emitting repellents, are patently ineffective and should be avoided.

Traps may be effective against smaller populations, but care should be taken to place them where cockroaches will encounter them while foraging. Many pest control professionals recommend placing them at the junctions of floors and walls wherever suspected cockroach activity is taking place. These prime locations can be identified by an abundance of cockroach feces, which take the form of dark spots or smears, egg casings, and, of course, living or dead cockroaches. In kitchens, specifically, traps should be placed behind ovens and refrigerators, as well as inside cabinets. You can discard spent sticky traps by placing them in a sealed plastic bag in the trash, but be sure to make note of the locations of the most successful traps, which will give you a better idea of where the pests are originating.

If cockroaches have made an unsightly appearance in your home, call Cantu Pest Control at 972-885-3618 (Dallas and Fort Worth areas) or 713-999-3495 (Houston area) and schedule an appointment today with one of our friendly, experienced pest control experts.

Cockroaches

If you have sighted a cockroach in your home that sighting can be an indicator that that single cockroach may have been pushed out due to overcrowding which may point to an already out of control infestation. All roaches are flat, and oval in shape, oily in texture, have wings, and 6 legs that allow them to scurry quickly across surfaces. They can be found behind refrigerators, freezers, stoves, under sinks and floor drains and due to their ability to flatten themselves down they can live underneath mats, behind wallpaper and inside cracks in the wall. Cockroaches are filthy insects that can cause health problems and even worsen others such as asthma, therefore it is important that you contact professional exterminators like Cantu Pest Control immediately to handle all your present and future needs. Read more

American Cockroach

The Common Cockroach

The American cockroach or water bug has been around for thousands of years even before it came to America.  Known as the periplaneta americana in the science community, it is the largest species of cockroaches known to man.  Often considered a pest, the American cockroach grows to an average length of four to seven centimeters.  It is reddish brown in color as nymphs through adulthood.  The American cockroach body is appears to be a flattened oval with shield looking parts covering its head and wings folded down on its posterior region.  American cockroaches have compound eyes with over two thousand lenses and thus, do not prefer light.  Also, it has chewing mouthparts and long antennae.  The chewing mouthparts are used to consume the diet of decaying organic matter, leather, paper, book bindings, hair, dry or dead skin flakes, clothing, dead animals, and starch.  American cockroaches particularly enjoy feasting on rotting food matter and other dead cockroaches.

American cockroaches can usually be seen traveling at night darting about countertops in infested homes searching for their next meal.  Despite their size, American cockroaches can fit through tiny cracks and is considered to be one of the quickest insects around.  The medical hazard of cockroaches is their potentiality to pick up bacteria on their legs and spread it to food or countertops.  This can lead to food poisoning or other infections.  Cockroaches produce an odorous secretion that alters the taste of food and becomes very strong as the population grows.  Fortunately, the American cockroach does not reproduce as quickly as many other insects.  They go through incomplete metamorphosis with three developmental stages.  Adult females produce eggs that are encased in an ootheca which is deposited out of their abdomen in a safe place.  In less than eight weeks, the cockroaches emerge from the egg as nymphs and in another year, they will mature to the adult stage.  Adult females usually live just one more year and produce less than two hundred eggs.

The History of the American Cockroach

The term cockroach comes from the Spanish word cucaracha which means cockroach.  However, the American cockroach was transported here around 1625 from Africa through shipping containers containing other items.  Many insects not indigenous to the area have arrived from other countries and regions through this means.  They prefer warm, moist areas but have adapted to dry areas as long as they have access to water.  Thus, you will find them in basements, sewers, kitchens, and bathrooms.  American cockroaches are not well adapted to colder climates.

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