South Carolina's Step-By-Step Guide To Cockroach Prevention
You don’t need a dirty house to attract these unwelcome insect ‘visitors.' These vile vermin vagrants can infest even the cleanest of homes. Unlike other types of insects, cockroaches are pests that infest homes during all seasons of the year. Their tough exoskeletons, coupled with a natural resistance to over-the-counter baits and other treatments, make them some of the most difficult pests to manage on the east coast. There are at least four unique species of cockroach common to South Carolina:
- The American Cockroach: With a reddish-brown body and fully developed wings, these giant insects have been found to measure anywhere from 1.5 to 3 inches in total length.
- The German Cockroach: Only ½ - 5/8 of an inch long, German cockroaches are lighter, smaller, and flightless compared to their American counterparts.
- The Oriental Cockroach: Black and cylindrical, these roaches are referred to as ‘water bugs’ for their love of moisture.
- The Brown-Banded Cockroach: Brown-Banded cockroaches prefer hot dry climates and usually grow no longer than ½ of an inch at maturity.
These cockroach species are more than just unsightly home visitors. These filth-loving insects are capable of spreading many different pathogens to their unhappy human hosts.
The CDC reports that cockroaches are capable of transmitting:
- Salmonella typhimurium: A bacterial disease that affects the intestines, causing nausea, vomiting, fevers, and dehydration.
- Entamoeba histolytica: Serious intestinal parasites that may create liver abscesses and the associated symptoms of dysentery.
- Poliomyelitis virus: An extremely rare viral disease that may cause partial or complete paralysis by destroying nerve cells in the spinal cord.
Cockroaches spread known allergens and may worsen the symptoms of asthma in both adults and children. Unless prevention methods are put in place, your South Carolina home may be at risk for serious cockroach infestation all year.
The Best Place To Start Cockroach Prevention Efforts
Since pests like cockroaches can be found in both clean and dirty homes, the best prevention techniques begin with abating their factors for survival. Here is a step-by-step approach to their prevention:
- Cockroaches of all kinds absolutely love clutter, which is why a good deep cleaning and de-cluttering is a great place to start with cockroach prevention. Remove as many loose items from the floor as possible, taking care to sweep and vacuum spaces to remove dirt build-up.
- Checking door and window screens, as well as caulking all cracks and crevices, make it extremely difficult for roaches to enter your home in the first place.
- Cockroaches need a large amount of moisture to survive. Dehumidifiers are a great way to remove air moisture from problem areas. Also repair any leaking pipes or filled drains.
When it comes to cockroach infestations, seeing is not always believing. Scents, sounds, and even certain signals such as chewed food packages can be enough to set your internal alarms off. If you are concerned that your home is already hosting a cockroach infestation, schedule a free household inspection through The Original Bugman Pest Elimination, Inc today.
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Cockroaches are hardy pests with formidable resistance to many DIY methods, home remedies, and over-the-counter pest treatments. No homeowner should feel the need to tackle pest infestations on their own. If you or your family has noticed the unsettling signs of cockroach infestation around your property, immediately contact The Original Bugman Pest Elimination Inc for helpful advice and professional assistance.
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