Cockroach Identification and Prevention

Cockroach Identification and Prevention

Seeing cockroaches in your home is never ideal. Certain roaches can mean there is an infestation, instead of just one. Failing to remove these pests can lead to unpleasant outcomes and more sightings.

We have broken down the most common cockroaches found in North Carolina and how to keep them away; let’s check it out!

German Cockroach

These roaches are generally light to dark brown and have two stripes near the back of their head. This species does have wings but rarely uses them. They prefer dark, moist places, such as basements and crawl spaces. They don’t do well in the cold, so they thrive better here in the South.

American Cockroach

Larger than the German cockroach, these roaches can get up to four centimeters in length. They develop wings towards the end of their lifecycle, with males having some longer than their bodies. They can be identified easily with a yellow band behind their head. They are typically found where there is an abundance of food, so restaurants see more infestations than homeowners would. They prefer dark or damp wood piles in the wild.

Here are some ways to prevent cockroaches and keep them away from your home.

  • Eliminate food sources: store food in airtight containers and do not leave food out on counters
  • Clean up food debris: make sure crumbs are not left on the counters and vacuum often to keep food off the floors
  • Declutter your home: clutter provides free hiding places for roaches; be sure to keep clutter minimal
  • Seal all entry points: key risks are windows, doors, pipes, and drains. Be sure to seal all open areas to keep them out of your home.

If you think you have a roach infestation, be sure to reach out to your local pest control company. These professionals will provide the best plan of action to keep roaches out of your home.

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