You may think your Baldwin County home is safe from cockroaches, but unfortunately, this is far from the truth. Whether you live in your own home or rent at an apartment complex, these critters can find you just about anywhere. Here’s what local residents should know about the types of cockroaches in Baldwin County, why having them is so concerning, why DIY traps don’t work as well as you’d expect, and how you can use pest control in Baldwin County to permanently get rid of cockroaches.
Types Of Cockroaches In Baldwin County
At Prewett Pest Control & Termite, we want you to know that when it comes to roaches, there are five different types you may find in your Baldwin County home, including:
German cockroaches: German cockroaches are the most common type of roach to invade American homes, and they can usually be identified by the two dark stripes behind their heads.
American cockroaches: American cockroaches not only grow over two inches in length, but they also have a figure-eight pattern on the back of their heads, which can make them easier to spot.
Oriental cockroaches: The coloring of an Oriental cockroach tends to be darker and glossier, and you’re more likely to find these roaches in dark, damp places.
Brown-banded cockroaches: Brown-banded cockroaches get their name from the dark bands that run across their body, and while they prefer the outdoors, they can sometimes venture inside.
Wood cockroaches: Wood cockroaches are another type of roach that tend to live outdoors or in the woods, but these roaches do still occasionally end up in homes.
Regardless of the species, cockroaches in your Baldwin County home spell trouble.
Concerns About Cockroaches
Nobody wants to share their living space with a pest, but the concerns about cockroaches go beyond them being just a nuisance. Cockroaches can also be a health concern, and there’s a reason why. Roaches spend a lot of time in sewers, drains, and other unsanitary places where they pick up plenty of bacteria and pathogens. If they infest your home, cockroaches can bring these pathogens with them, and contaminate your home. When they crawl across counters, tables, or other surfaces where you prepare or eat food, that bacteria gets left behind – and it can end up on your hands or in your food.
Another major health concern for cockroaches has to do with their saliva and discarded skin. The shed skin, saliva, and droppings from cockroaches contain an enzyme that can trigger allergic reactions or asthma symptoms in certain people, especially younger children. With larger infestations, these symptoms can get worse, and those that are affected may feel like they have a harder time breathing, have watery eyes, or have a runny nose whenever they’re in the infested area.
DIY Traps Don’t Work
After they discover an infestation, many homeowners want to solve the problem on their own, but DIY cockroach control and traps are rarely as effective as you might think - for a couple of reasons. While DIY traps may catch some of the cockroaches or even eliminate some of the infestation, they rarely deal with the actual problem. Any surviving roaches will just continue to reproduce or move to a new hiding spot, and these traps won’t stop new cockroaches from coming inside. You may think that you’ve dealt with the infestation, but the surviving roaches will just relocate away from the traps.
Other DIY treatments, like pesticides, may not exterminate cockroaches. These pests have built up natural defenses to many pesticides, which means these treatments won’t be effective for killing cockroaches – but they may be toxic to your pets or family. Without professional treatment in your Foley home, you could be right back at square one – or worse – within a couple of months.
Completely Get Rid Of Cockroaches
Because DIY treatments may be ineffective and even toxic for your pets or family, there’s only one foolproof way to completely get rid of cockroaches in your Daphne home, and that’s by contacting the professionals at Prewett Pest Control & Termite.
With years of experience, we’ve dealt with every kind of cockroach you may encounter in Fairhope or Orange Beach homes – from unsanitary German roaches to large, intimidating American cockroaches. If you think you may have a cockroach problem in your Baldwin County home or you’re not sure how to keep them away, don’t wait any longer – call us today at Prewett Pest Control & Termite to talk more about how our cockroach control services can help you.