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Everything You Need To Know About Cockroaches In Helena, AL

Cockroaches are among the most undesirable pests to discover scurrying through our Alabama homes. Learning about cockroaches though unpleasant, is vital so you can understand why it is so important to keep these pests out of your Alabama home. Use our pest guide to learn about cockroaches and how to remove them from your home, and reach out to us today for pest control in Helena, AL.

Frequently Asked Questions About Cockroaches

What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are scavenging insects. Their adaptability and ability to eat almost anything means that these pests have withstood the test of time. While most types of cockroaches live outside, well away from people, a handful of species have made themselves well-known inside our homes and businesses.

Cockroaches are insects with flat oval bodies, long antennae, and fast movements. While most cockroaches have wings, most don’t use them, instead relying on their six legs.

Listed below are the four different types of cockroaches that are most problematic in our region.

American cockroaches are large cockroaches that are brownish-red in color. They fly short distances and are the largest cockroaches to invade homes in the United States.

Brown-banded cockroaches are yellowish or dark brown, with two light bands running across the wings of adults. Compared to other cockroaches, they have low moisture needs.

German cockroaches are small, fast-moving cockroaches and the most common species to invade our homes and businesses. A light brown body with two darker horizontal black stripes behind their heads identifies these cockroaches.

Oriental cockroaches have dark, black bodies that are shiny or greasy appearing. They have a more beetle-like appearance than other cockroaches and slower movements.

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Cockroaches are unsightly pests that tend to make people’s skin crawl. But cockroaches are more than just unpleasant; they are dangerous. Cockroaches pose serious health risks by spreading many different types of bacteria like E. coli and salmonella. They also transmit human pathogens and parasites. In addition, their feces and shed skins put allergens into the air that trigger allergic reactions and, in some, asthma attacks.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

There are many reasons why cockroaches can become a problem on your property. Cockroaches are most likely interested in your home because it offers these opportunistic pests food, water, and shelter.

Cockroaches can live successfully outdoors in Alabama; when these pests live in outdoor spaces near our homes, it won’t be long until they find their way inside.

In addition to cockroaches getting into your house on their own, we can accidentally introduce them. Cockroaches are exceptional hitchhikers and will move into our homes without our notice inside things like deliveries, grocery bags, and secondhand pieces of furniture, electronics, and other items.

No matter how they get inside, one thing is for sure; once inside, they will quickly establish their presence and make themselves at home.

Where will I find cockroaches?

Knowing where cockroaches like to hide in our homes is essential so that you can regularly inspect your home and, if necessary, take immediate steps to remove them from your house.

Most cockroaches like to hide in dark, damp crevices. Kitchens, bathrooms, utility rooms, laundry rooms, and basements or crawl spaces are places that regularly become overrun by cockroaches.

Some of the cockroach’s favorite hideouts include wall voids near water pipes, the backs of cabinets and drawers, in boxes, and behind things like sinks, tubs, and large appliances.

When it comes to brown-banded cockroaches, they prefer warm, dry areas and hide in attics, above cabinets, and inside vents or ducts.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

Cockroaches are resilient, adaptable pests and are difficult to remove from our homes. The easiest way to eliminate cockroaches is to accept help from a professional. Farmers Pest Control is a local, veteran-owned business; our professionals dedicate themselves to our customers, hard work, and helping families maintain pest-free homes.

Our customized pest control plans will get rid of cockroaches and other common household pests and prevent them from returning. If you are looking for comprehensive pest control services for your Helena, AL home or business, look no further than Farmers Pest Control!

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

To prevent problems with cockroaches, remove the things from your property that will attract their attention. Keep tight-fitting lids on all trash cans. After eating, immediately clean up leftover food, wash dishes, and wipe crumbs and spills from tables and counters. To help keep cockroaches out of your home, seal as many possible entry points as possible, like cracks in the foundation, torn screens, and gaps under doors. Also, inspect deliveries and secondhand items for cockroaches before bringing them into your home.

For effective home pest control and commercial pest control in Helena, AL, call Farmers Pest Control today!