A Step-By-Step Guide To Identifying Cockroach Problems In Your Modesto Home

September 15, 2020

Do you have cockroaches in your Modesto home? Most people don't realize they have a problem until a roach infestation has grown large. By knowing what to look for, you may be able to identify an infestation before it gets out of hand. Learn the signs of a cockroach problem and find out what you should do to get rid of these pests.

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Identifying Local Roaches

There are several types of cockroaches in Modesto. One of the most common types is the German cockroach. Typically, this insect ranges from .5 to 1 inch in size. It is light brown and has an oval body. The American cockroach is also fairly common. Larger than the German roach, this insect is usually between 1 and 2 inches long. It is reddish-brown and has a light-colored head. Another local roach is the Oriental cockroach or waterbug. It is between 1 and 1.25 inches long and is dark reddish-brown.

The Dangers Of Roaches

No matter which roaches invade your property, they could be a danger to you and your family. Cockroaches spread diseases, some of which are deadly. Cholera, typhoid fever, and gastroenteritis can all be spread by roaches. Cockroaches pick up diseases and pathogens when they're in alleys, dumpsters, and other filthy places. When they go into your home, cockroaches could be bringing diseases with them.

Even when cockroaches don't spread diseases, they could make some members of your household feel ill. If anyone in your household has asthma or allergies, they could be affected by shed cockroach skins or feces.

Signs Of An Infestation

All of the following are signs that you have roaches in your home:

  • Droppings: If you find droppings on your floor that resemble black pepper, you could have cockroaches. They measure about one millimeter long.
  • Smears: Have you found unusual smears on the wall or floor of your bathroom? When in moist places, cockroaches sometimes leave behind smear marks. The marks are dark and oddly shaped.
  • Eggs: If you find something that resembles small tan, brown, or black capsules shaped something like a pill or a purse, you may be looking at cockroach eggs. 
  • Shed skin: As cockroaches grow, they shed their skin. You might find their skins throughout your home.

What To Do About Cockroaches

The first thing you should do to prevent cockroaches is to reduce and eliminate the factors that attract them to your home. For instance, they seek out sources of food. If you have any crumbs on your floor or table, they'll be attracted to your home. They will also be drawn to your garbage cans. As a preventative measure, clean your crumbs and seal your garbage cans.

Cockroaches also seek out places to hide. If you have a lot of clutter in your home, cockroaches will have plenty of hiding spots. To prevent roaches, you should declutter your home. Every few months, remove unnecessary items and give your home a deep clean.

By taking away cockroach entry points, you may be able to keep these insects out. Look for holes and crevices in your walls. Additionally, check your screens for tears and look for gaps in your windows and doors. Use caulk or sealant to remove these entry points, and you may deter roaches.

Call An Expert

For the best results, call a professional. There's no guarantee your preventative measures will keep away cockroaches. After they've invaded your home, there's not much you can do to completely eliminate these pests using DIY methods.

Don't put your home or family at risk. As soon as you find signs of roaches, call in the experts. We know how to eliminate cockroaches and how to keep them from returning. Contact Peace Of Mind Pest Control for more advice or assistance.

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