Cockroaches are disgusting insects and not just because of their appearance. They can pose a significant risk to human health if they’ve entered your home. Cockroaches can carry various diseases, such as salmonella and dysentery. Additionally, cockroach droppings can lead to childhood asthma. They are also a common source of allergies.
If you think you might have a cockroach infestation, it’s best to address the problem promptly.
Common Signs of a Cockroach Infestation
One cockroach in your home is a sign that you may already have a roach problem. Other signs of cockroaches include:
- Droppings: They resemble coffee grounds or black pepper. The size and shape can vary depending on the species but are typically small and cylindrical.
- Egg Capsules: Cockroach egg cases, often referred to as oothecae, are brown or dark in color and can be found in hidden areas (behind furniture, in cabinets, or in dark corners)
- Smear Marks: Roaches can leave smear marks or trails on surfaces as they navigate through the home. These marks may appear as dark spots or streaks.
- Musty Odor: A persistent, musty odor that’s unusual for the environment can be a sign of a significant cockroach infestation.
- Shed Skin: As cockroaches grow, they shed their skin, which look like empty shells.
- Damaged Items: Cockroaches may feed on a variety of materials, including paper, cardboard, and even certain fabrics.
These pests are difficult to locate and eliminate on your own. When your cockroach problem goes from bad to worse, it’s time to call in a cockroach removal professional.
Cockroaches in Pennsylvania
The most common cockroaches for Pennsylvania homeowners are:
- German cockroaches prefer to live and breed indoors. They are most often found in kitchens or bathrooms.
- American cockroaches can be found in basements and kitchens, but prefer to breed outdoors and live on trees.
- Oriental cockroaches are found in cool, damp areas like your basement or crawl space. These pests pose the biggest health concern as they transmit Salmonella and many other types of bacteria as well as parasitic worms.
Reasons to Consider Professional Cockroach Control
- Cockroaches can build resistance to pest control products, making them even more difficult to control over time.
- Unlike other pests, cockroaches are year-round pests that can cause problems for homeowners and businesses at any time of the year.
- In many cases, a home DIY prevention program isn’t enough. A cockroach infestation is best handled by an experienced and trained pest control professional.
At Green Giant, we utilize multiple methods to control cockroach populations. We also continually rotate our treatment products to prevent cockroaches from becoming resistant. We will treat the proper areas to achieve the most effective control of this intrusive pest. In short, we will control your cockroach problem quickly and effectively.
Our Treatment Process
- Inspection – We start in the kitchen since this is where food and water are easily found. We then move to the bathroom, closets, the basement, and the attic.
- Traps and Baits – The technician will then deploy glue traps to estimate how many roaches there are and where they’re concentrated. Gel baits, dusts, and sprays are then used to kill the pests and gradually reduce the population. Unlike other exterminators, we don’t use dangerous chemicals that are harmful to your family’s health.
- Follow-up – Our technicians will follow-up with you. Cockroach control typically only requires one visit, but when dealing with larger infestation, a second treatment may be required to help eliminate the remaining pests.
If you think you have cockroaches in your home, contact the experts at Green Giant. Our protection plans include an initial visit and one follow-up visit to help keep your home free of nasty roaches.
Sanitizing and preparing your home for a cockroach treatment is essential to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment, ensure safety, and achieve long-lasting results.
Download our Residential Cockroach Treatment Preparation Sheet.