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How Dangerous Are Roaches In New Castle?

July 26, 2021


If you’re asking yourself, “How dangerous are cockroaches really?” you should know that the answer is: very. Cockroaches are a formidable pest, given their ability to survive in the most difficult of conditions. Some species of cockroaches can live for up to one month without food, one week without water, and one week without their head. Yikes! And it doesn’t stop there. Cockroaches love to be where people are, so that means that they will invade both your New Castle home and business; to them, it doesn’t matter. 

Some of the types of roaches that you should be on the lookout for in New Castle are:

  • German cockroaches. This is the most common type of roach that you can expect to encounter. They are tan to creamy beige in coloring and their exterior is almost pearlized in effect. They are squat in shape and measure only around ½ inch long, making them not impossible to spot, but pretty darn hard. This type of roach scampers instead of flies like other roaches. Expect to find them anywhere that you are, be it the kitchen, bathroom, or living room.

  • Brown-banded cockroaches. Easy to spot because of their brown coloring and brown bands, this type of cockroach doesn’t require as much moisture as other cockroach species, so you’re likely to find them further from water sources than other cockroaches.

  • American cockroaches. Drawn to areas of excess moisture, expect to find these roaches loitering in your bathroom around showers, tubs, toilets, or leaking faucets, or in the kitchen around leaking faucets or areas where water has gotten into your home and pooled. They are reddish-brown in coloring and have a translucent effect on their exterior. 

While many people think of cockroaches as a gross pest and believe them to be an indication of poor hygiene or poor housekeeping, cockroaches don’t necessarily discriminate. So yes, while a dirty home can give them more of what they need and love, they can also still survive in brutal conditions and off of nearly anything, which then allows them to infest just about any home or building, no matter how clean. 

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The Harm In A Cockroach Infestation

Before cockroaches break into your home, they’ve spent a good amount of time hanging out in unsanitary conditions, making them a doubly unwanted guest in your home. A few of the key ways in which roaches negatively affect your life are:

  • Anxiety. Many people who live in a home with a cockroach problem may find themselves with increased stress levels. This is due to the association that cockroaches have built with filth (so fear of being judged by peers) and the unknown of any potential health risks that they might pose.

  • Disease. Though cockroaches haven’t been linked to any outbreaks across the world, the World Health Organization acknowledges that cockroaches are known carriers and spreaders of cholera, typhoid fever, leprosy, salmonella, streptococcus, and staphylococcus.

  • Allergies. Cockroaches produce enzymes that can ignite allergic reactions in many people. Their waste, saliva, and shed skin, as well as dead cockroaches, can all trigger allergies.

Because cockroaches can survive in truly difficult conditions, their tenacity makes it nearly impossible to remove an ongoing infestation on your own and can actually prove to be a potentially dangerous task to attempt. At the first sign of a cockroach problem, call the professionals at Moyer Pest Control. 

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