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Frequently Asked Questions About Cockroaches

Frequently Asked Questions About Cockroaches

What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are an easily recognized pest and one of the oldest known insects around today. Fossils of cockroaches date back to around 200 million years ago, and many people are familiar with the threat that a cockroach infestation brings.

Cockroaches typically grow between half an inch and an inch long and range in color from tan and light brown to shiny dark brown, depending on species; Midstate Termite & Pest Control can help you with cockroach identification.

Signs to look out for that indicate these pests have moved onto your Cookeville or Crossville, TN property include:

  • Cockroach droppings that resemble coffee grounds or black pepper spread across surfaces, behind appliances, in cabinets, or in basements.
  • Unpleasant odors, such as a strong oil, acrid, or musty smell.
  • Egg cases that appear much like a white tic-tac or pill scattered around your property.
  • Sightings of roaches, either at night or during the day, or the discovery of dead cockroaches around your property.

Professional roach pest control is the only way to deal with these pests once they move in.

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Are cockroaches dangerous?

Cockroaches are highly unhygienic, and these pests carry a variety of diseases and pathogens onto your property as they invade it and scavenge for food. Illnesses that you might pick up from a roach infestation include cholera, dysentery, listeriosis, and gastroenteritis.

Additionally, cockroaches often cause increased breathing problems for those with conditions like asthma, or they may lead to allergic reactions and general respiratory issues. The only way to avoid these dangers and protect your property is to invest in professional cockroach pest control in Cookeville, TN, and Crossville, TN.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

If you are noticing a cockroach problem on your property, you most likely have easy access to food, water, and shelter around interior or exterior areas. Gaps around doors, cluttered outdoor areas, moisture issues, and unguarded trash cans all encourage cockroaches to infest your property, and removing these factors is essential to defeating a roach problem.

Where will I find cockroaches?

Cockroaches are adaptable and hardy, meaning they can survive in a variety of places. Around human structures, you are most likely to find cockroaches in dark, damp areas, areas near food storage or preparation areas, or spaces near warmth and moisture. This makes kitchens, pantries, appliances, bathrooms, basements, and even the space between walls all spots to find hiding roaches.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

The best way to get rid of cockroaches is to skip the DIY cockroach control products and contact Midstate Termite & Pest Control instead. Our knowledgeable and experienced technicians are ready to help keep your property safe from invasive cockroaches, and our company has been protecting the Cookeville and Crossville, TN, areas since 1953.

Call us now to benefit from effective cockroach and home pest control solutions, decades of pest control experience, and a satisfaction guarantee.

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

Prevent future cockroach problems around your property by taking steps to minimize the factors that might be attracting this pest in the first place. You can do this by evaluating your property for leaks and other moisture issues, clearing outdoor areas of long grasses and debris piles, sealing up gaps around windows, doors, and the foundation, and ensuring that all food and drink spills are cleaned immediately.

You should also be disposing of trash promptly in tightly sealed bags, storing leftover food properly, and decluttering food storage areas to reduce the chances of roaches being attracted to these spaces.

Contact Midstate Termite & Pest Control today for more cockroach prevention advice.

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