The Secret To Keeping Cockroaches Out Of Your South Carolina Home
Did you know that cockroaches are considered one of the more dangerous pests in South Carolina? You're probably already aware that cockroaches are nasty-looking pests that are also unsanitary. Still, cockroaches in the area are more than just unsightly as they are known to carry diseases like salmonella and E. coli. Plus, they can also cause allergic reactions and asthma attacks.
Because cockroaches are such an unclean pest, prevention is the best and most effective way to protect your home and family from an infestation.
Guide To South Carolina Cockroaches
Because of the risks associated with a cockroach infestation, knowing how to identify cockroaches common to South Carolina is the first step to recognizing and removing them. Four cockroach species often invade area homes — the American cockroach, German cockroach, Oriental cockroach, and brown-banded cockroach.
American cockroaches are reddish-brown and have a figure-eight pattern behind their heads. They are the largest cockroach in the United States and grow up to three inches long. On the other hand, the brown-banded cockroach is the smallest species in South Carolina at only a half an inch long. They are light brown with banded markings on their wings.
The German Cockroach is also a small species that is about five-eighths of an inch long with tan coloration and two black stripes that run parallel behind their heads. And, lastly, you can identify the oriental cockroach by their shiny black color and smooth bodies. They are about an inch long.
Reducing Factors That Attract Cockroaches
Cockroaches are a pest that loves clutter, and they also are attracted to food sources and humidity. In order to help deter cockroaches, deep cleaning around your home is a great place to start. You should focus on areas like kitchens and bathrooms and clean under forgotten areas like under heavy appliances, the backs of cupboards, and inside pantries.
Cockroaches can survive on even tiny crumbs, so you can also reduce the likelihood of an infestation by continually keeping kitchen spaces clean; this includes weeping and mopping regularly, doing dishes often, and taking out the trash consistently. As cockroaches can and will get into all kinds of food sources, store both people and pet food in airtight containers.
Removing Ways Cockroaches Can Get Inside
Focusing on the factors that make your home appealing to cockroaches is a great way to keep them out, but the second part of cockroach deterrence is to seal up areas around your house where they can get inside. Here are simple tips to remove access points:
Replace or repair any broken screens in doors or windows.
Seal up holes and crevices in the foundation of your home.
Put door sweeps and weather stripping around your house.
Clean drains regularly.
Look for gaps where pipes and electrical wires enter the home.
The Best In Cockroach Control
Whether you're looking to prevent cockroaches or in need of cockroach removal services, the experts at The Original Bugman Pest Elimination, Inc. are here for you. Our team of professionals will inspect your home and identify areas that need treatment before applying high-quality cockroach prevention and elimination products. We are committed to providing safe, affordable, and exceptional residential and commercial pest control to residents in the area.
If you'd like to learn more about our cockroach control program or want to request a free inspection, call us today at (803) 573-4623.