The cockroach is a common insect throughout the world. With more than 4,000 species worldwide, about 70 species of this pest exist in the United States. The American Cockroach is the most common species found in homes and apartment buildings in the United States. It is oval in shape, reddish-brown in color, and can grow to be almost two inches in length.

What Attracts Cockroaches?

Cockroaches prefer to live in areas that are warm, dark, and damp. Basements and sewers are perfect environments for them. They often enter homes, restaurants, and other commercial buildings through drains and pipes. Cockroaches will eat nearly anything. They can go almost a month without food and about two weeks without water, making them very hardy insects.

What are Signs of Cockroaches?

Cockroaches are nocturnal creatures that can flatten their bodies to fit into tight spaces. You might see a cockroach skitter out of the light when you move a refrigerator, lift a mat, or open a cabinet door. You may see evidence of infestation if you find their excrement, which resembles loose coffee grounds. You may also find the carcasses of dead cockroaches or their oval shaped egg cases in dark locations, like behind furniture or appliances.

Harmful Effects of a Cockroach Infestation

Cockroaches thrive in dirty areas that breed bacteria. When they enter homes and restaurants, they track those bacteria along the floors, countertops, and cabinets. They shed skin and defecate, which can contaminate food products and trigger asthmatic and allergic reactions in humans, especially children.

Preventing a Cockroach Infestation

Cockroaches must have water to survive and they are drawn to areas that are particularly damp. Make sure that all pipes in your home or commercial space are free of leaks and any damp, water-damaged flooring or drywall is replaced immediately. Keep all food sources in air-tight packaging.

Contact ARD Pest Control Today

Routinely look for evidence of cockroaches and contact ARD professionals at the first sign of infestation. ARD Pest Control has over 40 years experience in locating and eradicating resilient pests, like cockroaches, termites, and bedbugs.

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