The No-Hassle Way To Get Rid Of Roaches For Good In Charlotte
Creepy, crawly, and all together absolutely disgusting! Roaches are firmly on every homeowner's "Why me?" list. These little creatures are some of the oldest living beings on earth, and in the millions of years they've been plaguing our dirt ball, they've become absolute ninjas when it comes to infiltrating our homes. Once inside, cockroaches do their best to contaminate stored food, spread multiple bacteria and pathogens they carry on their bodies, and in general, make the place as uncomfortable for the unfortunate homeowner as they can. And the worst part-they multiply with lightning speed, with a single disgusting roach becoming hundreds and thousands in seemingly a blink of an eye.
Let's look at what to watch for to spot a cockroach infestation, the dangers a house infested with cockroaches exposes you and your family to, how to deter cockroaches from getting into your home, and, if that fails-where to find experienced pest control in Charlotte.
Do I Have A Roach Infestation?
For a DIYer, the key to an effective cockroach removal approach is being able to spot the signs of a cockroach infestation as early as possible.
Small pointed or cylindrical droppings
Egg capsules are often found under furniture or glued to surfaces
Cockroach molted skins
Sour, musty odor cockroaches produce to communicate and mark territory
Keep in mind that cockroaches are nocturnal and had millions of years to learn how to stay out of sight. If you're starting to see live insects around your home, that usually means the infestation is in its advanced stages, and insects are venturing further out in search of food.
The Health Risks Of Roaches In Your Home
In North Carolina, you are likely to be exposed to American cockroaches, brown-banded cockroaches, or German cockroaches, the three species commonly found all over the United States.
While different types of cockroaches in Charlotte vary in appearance, habits, and habitat preferences, all species do their best to spread a number of dangerous bacteria all over the surfaces they travel on.
If your home is infested with cockroaches, you could be exposed to the following:
E. coli infection
Recently, scientists have discovered that one of the most common triggers of asthma attacks is being in close proximity to cockroach droppings and saliva.
How To Keep Roaches From Coming Back
Part of the problem when it comes to roaches is that they are incredibly tenacious pests that are a real challenge to eliminate completely due to their fast reproductive rate and the sheer numbers their infestations entail. Even if you kill a roach or two, that won’t put a dent in the overall infestation. If you want to stop a roach infestation for good, you have to attack the entire infestation at once, strategically.
Cockroaches are attracted to your home due to two simple factors; easy access to plentiful food and a comfortable living environment far away from their natural predators. Those same factors allow them to multiply faster than they ever could outside of your home's walls, and fortunately, by removing those temptations, there is a good chance cockroaches will lose interest in your home.
Start with making sure there are no cracks in the outer walls that allow cockroaches to get inside. Check the door and window screens for damage and cover vents with metal mesh. If you're storing garbage outside, empty it regularly and immediately clean up food spills and messes.
However, it is important to clarify that while these preventive measures can go a long way toward preventing future infestations, if you’re already seeing cockroaches around your Charlotte home, it’s time to call the professionals for help. Once rodents become established in a home, only a professional-tier solution is generally enough to eliminate the entire infestation at once in order to keep any of the survivors from simply re-starting the infestation in a few weeks’ time.
Call The Pros To Completely Get Rid Of Roaches
From time to time, regardless of the effort we put into making sure our homes are as unattractive to roaches as humanly possible, the disgusting little invaders still make their way through. Knowing how fast cockroaches multiply and how difficult it is to get rid of them (their immune system seems to adapt to poisons used against them faster than new poisons are invented), if you suspect a cockroach infestation has gone past early stages, it might be best just to let professionals handle it.
At ProForce Pest Control, we've been helping Charlotte homeowners keep their home cockroach free since 2009. Reach out today for help with cockroaches, and to learn more about our residential and commercial pest control services in Charlotte.
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