Cockroaches are a type of pest that no one wants to have invade their home or business. They have been around since the dinosaurs, are very resilient and difficult to get rid of. Cockroaches prefer to live in moist, warm environments but will easily adapt to a wide variety of living conditions. There are about 4,500 species of cockroaches living throughout the world but here in Colorado there are three types that infest properties.
German Cockroaches- These cockroaches are light tan to brown in color and even though they have fully developed wings they do not fly. They are most often identified by the dark parallel lines that run from the back of their heads to their wings. These cockroaches are often found invading kitchens and bathrooms since they prefer a moist living environment.
American Cockroaches- American cockroaches are a large species of cockroach and are able to fly. They are a reddish-brown to mahogany color and are identified by a distinctive yellow band behind their head. This species is most often found living in basements and bathrooms.
Oriental Cockroaches- This is another large species of cockroach and again have wings but are unable to fly. This species is most often found living outdoors but can be found in bathrooms, wet basements, crawl spaces, and under porches.
Are cockroaches dangerous?
Cockroaches can bite but typically don’t. They are considered to dangerous but for another reason and that’s because they stop by sewers, dumpsters and trash cans and garbage disposals (along with other suspect areas) before making their way into homes and businesses. Because they pick up dangerous bacteria including Salmonella on their legs, they may introduce health hazards including vomiting, fever, and diarrhea. Their feces and shed skins may also cause serious asthma attack in people and especially in young children and the elderly. Check out our blog with a short video on how roaches can contaminate your belongs.
So why do I have cockroach problem?
In most cases cockroach infestations are a result of poor sanitation practices. Food items that are left out or not cleaned up from floors, trash areas, etc. are a great food source. In multi-unit dwellings, cockroaches can migrate from an infested unit to other units in the building.
How do you get rid of cockroaches?
That’s a great question and we have the answer- give us a shout! Our Colorado pest control professionals have the tools, knowledge and experience to address cockroach infestations. We offer two pest control plans for roach control. Our Colorado’s Choice is tailored for residential properties while our Colorado’s Select combats pest infestations in commercial facilities.
Is the treatment safe?
EnviroPest uses the least amount of material as possible while still resolving the problem. We utilize natural products, baits and mechanical means as a form of cockroach treatment whenever possible. When conventional materials are required, we follow very stringent guidelines for the use of the product so that it poses no threat to people or pets.All products are registered by the EPA. Our service technicians will inform you of any specific safety measures that need to be taken.
How soon can you get here?
We take all pest issues very seriously and are committed to helping as soon as possible. In most cases, we can respond the same or very next day.
How much does the pest control service cost?
The cost of service depends on the level of infestation, amount of clutter and other time consuming factors.
What is the warranty?
Warranty varies due to the severity and possibility of control. Your service technician will discuss this with you before service.
How can I prevent a cockroach problem in the future?
Proper sanitation is critical when it comes to preventing cockroaches in both homes and businesses. Here are a few tips to prevent infestations:
Fix any moisture issues including leaking pipes or appliances, poor ventilation and high humidity areas.
Pay close attention to your waste. Trash cans should be covered with tight fitting lids. Do not let dumpsters become surrounded by crates, boxes and trash.
Food storage is important! Don’t leave food out on counters but rather store appropriately.
Inspect bags, boxes and packages for signs of cockroaches before bringing them into your home or business.