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What Every Souderton Homeowner Should Know About American Cockroaches

What Are American Cockroaches?

The American cockroach is a formidable pest in Pennsylvania and the largest cockroach that will infest Souderton homes. These roaches can be as large as 2 ⅛ inches long. Given their large size, it is amazing how well American cockroaches can avoid detection.

Experts say, if you see one roach, there are likely thousands more hiding in your walls that you don't see. That's a disturbing thought, considering the health threat that these insects can present. Let's take a moment to talk about this threat, and what you can do to protect yourself from these large roaches.

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American Cockroaches And Disease

All home-invading cockroaches have the ability to make you sick. They're known to spread 33 kinds of bacteria, at least 7 pathogens, 6 parasitic worms, and their presence in urban structures is directly linked to a rise in hospitalizations due to asthma. This is because cockroaches are dirty insects; they eat feces and rotten or decaying food and breed in rotting organic sludge. This exposes them to harmful bacteria and microorganisms. However, how sick a cockroach can make you is determined by how likely it is to come into contact with you.

American cockroaches prefer to live in dark, damp habitats. If they get into your home and are unable to find a humid place to hide, they're not going to be comfortable. This can reduce their ability to reproduce and it can reduce how much contact they have with your stored foods, dishes, silverware, food-prep surfaces, counters, and even toothbrushes. Yes, we said toothbrushes. Cockroaches eat toothpaste, which leads them to crawl on your toothbrush. You may then put that toothbrush in your mouth to brush your teeth, not knowing there was a cockroach on it a couple of hours ago. Unfortunately, bathrooms are a common location where American cockroaches are found due to the high humidity.

How To Protect Yourself From American Cockroaches

American cockroaches make us sick by crawling on our counters, dishes, toothbrushes, food, and other items, spreading harmful illnesses. One way to protect yourself from Souderton cockroaches is to reduce this threat using the following tips:

  • Cockroaches can climb on your counters. Keep your counters clean to avoid contact with invisible bacteria, pathogens, and organisms.

  • Cockroaches can chew through cardboard, paper, and even thin plastic. If you have food items stored in these materials, consider putting them in sealed plastic or glass containers.

  • Cockroaches will target your toothbrush. You can prevent contact by putting your toothbrush in a sealed plastic carry case or Ziploc bag.

  • Cockroaches can get into places that would surprise you. While American cockroaches are big, they have the ability to compact themselves and squeeze through gaps. They're also prone to squeeze through gaps because they're drawn to tight spaces. A place you may not expect to find one of these roaches is in your fridge. Cockroaches like to live in the motor of fridges. If they find a route into your fridge, they may go looking for food in there as well. They won't go into your freezer, however. If you put food in the fridge, be sure to store it in sealed containers.

  • Cockroaches are attracted to feces. If you have a cat, be sure to check the litter box and make sure your cats are covering their droppings as you don't want roaches coming in contact with feces inside your home.

  • Cockroaches are drawn to trash. Make sure your trash can is covered securely and remove trash from your home before anything starts to rot. Consider cleaning your kitchen trash receptacle routinely.

How To Get Control Of Souderton Cockroaches

A high level of sanitation can make your home less inviting to cockroaches and help to protect you from illness. This could cause cockroaches to leave, but you'll have a greater chance of making them leave if you also address moisture and humidity in your home. American cockroaches may decide to go back outside where there are damp, shaded areas to congregate. Here are some suggestions:

  • Install dehumidifiers in your basement or cellar.

  • If you have a crawl space under your home, consider encapsulation.

  • Add ventilation to humid spaces.

  • Fix leaking faucets, pipes, and garbage disposals.

The Best Control For American Cockroaches

In cases where American cockroach pressures are high, it is necessary to use control products around your home or in strategic locations within your home. These should always be selected and deployed by a licensed pest management professional. If you live in Souderton, let Moyer Pest Control help you get control of cockroaches.

At the first sign of American cockroaches, or long before you see them, reach out to us. We offer year-round pest control plans in Souderton, PA that are designed to protect you from pest-borne illness and property damage that can result from pest infestation. Connect with us today. We're here to help!

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