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All The Problems Cockroaches Cause In Your Opelika Home

Serving Customers Throughout Alabama & Georgia
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Life is never perfect. No matter what we do, problems will always arise. Cars will break down, sink drains will get clogged, and bodies will deteriorate. The trick to dealing with problems is knowing what to expect. You know your car needs oil, so you change it regularly, you know drains need to be cleaned, so you pour drain cleaner down them when they aren’t flowing as they should, you know your body will deteriorate over time, so you work out daily and eat healthy foods. Now, we can’t help you with all of the problems life will throw at you, but we certainly can help with cockroaches. Here are all the problems cockroaches cause around Opelika homes and some simple ways you can fight back.

Common Area Cockroaches

The world is filled with different species of cockroaches. Some are large and some are small, but all cause problems. Here are some of the most common species of roaches that live here in Opelika and how to identify each.

  • German Cockroaches: A German cockroach is ½ - ⅝” long, pale brown to tan, and has two parallel black streaks on the shield which covers its head.
  • American Cockroaches: An American cockroach is 1 ½ - 2” long, red-brown, and has a pale yellow “halo-like” marking just behind its head.
  • Brown-banded Cockroaches: A brown-banded cockroach is ⅝” long, dark brown, and has two light, yellow-brown bands that run down the length of its back.
  • Smoky Brown Cockroaches: A smoky brown cockroach is 1 - 1 ½” long and smoky brown.
  • Oriental Cockroaches: An Oriental cockroach is 1 - 1 ¼” long and jet black.

Besides their differences in color and size, all roaches have six legs, a pair of wings, oval-shaped bodies, and a long pair of antennae. It should be mentioned that although all cockroaches have wings, not all roaches can fly. Most prefer to stay on the ground where they can see better using their antenna.

Problems That Come With A Cockroach Infestation

When cockroaches invade a home, they bring many problems with them. For one, cockroaches are filthy and teeming with disease-causing organisms. Roaches spread these organisms from their body onto left out food and throughout homes wherever they leave their fecal matter. Some of the most common diseases cockroaches carry and spread include salmonellosis, typhoid fever, dysentery, and gastroenteritis.

Cockroaches also trigger asthma attacks and allergic reactions with their shed skin and fecal matter. The bigger the infestation, the more particular irritants are released into the air.

How Difficult Are Cockroaches To Eliminate?

Cockroaches are one of the most resilient pests on the planet. They can withstand several times more radiation than the average person, require over 900 times their body weight in pressure to be crushed, and are resistant to a large number of common pesticides. This combined with their ability to avoid danger by hiding deep within the cracks and crevices of a home, make these pests extremely difficult to treat.

The Best Way To Handle A Cockroach Infestation

Don’t waste your time, effort, and money trying to handle a cockroach infestation on your own. To have a cockroach problem handled quickly and effectively, trust the experts at Prewett Pest Control. Our team offers modern, convenient, and effective answers to any pest problem you and your home are up against. When you choose us, you choose excellence.

Reach out to us today by phone or through our website to get a free quote for your Opelika home and property.