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Cockroaches

What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are insects that have survived the test of time; they have been around for millions of years. Their adaptability and ability to eat almost anything is why they are so successful. 

While most cockroaches living worldwide live well away from people, a handful of species have adapted to living with people. Our Boston, Massachusetts, homes provide them with the warmth, moisture, and food they need to thrive. 

We identify cockroaches by their flat, oval shape, long antennae, and six spiny legs. Cockroaches are typically dark in color, with some species having identifying markings. Most cockroaches have wings, but only a few use them to fly. Most cockroaches prefer to use their legs to run from place to place. 

To learn helpful information about cockroaches and why acquiring professional cockroach control in Boston is necessary to keep these pests out of your home, continue reading here.

Are cockroaches dangerous?

The significant health risks that cockroaches pose make it vital to keep cockroaches out of our homes and away from our families. Cockroaches are scavengers that regularly live in unsanitary conditions. On their bodies and in their saliva and excrement, they carry various pathogens, parasites, and bacteria that can make people ill. Cockroach infestations are often the root cause of allergies and can trigger asthma attacks and other breathing difficulties. Food contamination is also a considerable concern when these pests live in our homes.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

Cockroaches are common household pests because these insects have adapted to living with people. Keeping them out of our homes is difficult because there are so many entry points for them to utilize. Attracted by food odors and moisture, cockroaches move their flat bodies through any small cracks or crevices that they come across. Some common entry points include:

  • Cracks in foundations
  • Gaps under doors
  • Spaces around windows
  • Torn screens
  • Spaces around pipes
  • Vents

Cockroaches also excel at hitchhiking. They move into our homes in or on things like deliveries, firewood, secondhand furniture or appliances, and bags or purses. In multi-unit buildings, cockroaches crawl through wall voids, cracks in ceilings, vents, and drains, easily moving from one unit to another. 

Where will I find cockroaches?

Cockroaches live wherever their basic needs can easiest be met. Unfortunately, our homes provide cockroaches with an environment where they can thrive. Our kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and utility rooms provide them with shelter, warmth, food, and water. Once inside, they will make themselves at home, and as long as there is access to their basic needs, they won’t be in any hurry to leave.

Cockroaches are nocturnal pests and, therefore, are active at night. During the day, they hide in our houses in dark, quiet spaces. Favorite hideouts include:

  • Cracks in walls
  • Spaces behind wallpaper
  • Gaps behind trim or backsplash
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Behind or under large appliances
  • Inside vents

Most homeowners don’t realize they share their homes with these unsavory pests until the infestation becomes too large and the cockroaches can no longer conceal their presence during the day. Scheduling regular pest control services is the best way to identify a cockroach problem before they take over your home. The faster you identify an infestation, the better!

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