Are Cockroaches Dangerous?
It just makes sense that you wouldn’t want these disgusting bugs living in your home, but cockroaches have also been known to cause illness and infections. They carry bacteria with them, which can get on your food if they’re crawling around your counters or pantry.
When this happens you can get food poisoning, diarrhea, allergies, skin rashes, and asthma attacks. In some extreme cases, they have also been known to spread salmonella, typhoid, cholera, dysentery, and even the plague.
Where Do You Find Cockroaches?
There are a few places in your Myrtle Beach home where cockroaches can be found. Knowing their favorite places to be can help you keep an eye out for them.
Kitchen Appliances and Cabinets
Since cockroaches have probably come into your home looking for food and a moist place to thrive, you can typically find them in your kitchen, particularly near the microwave, fridge, oven and other appliances on your countertops near food dropping or water sources.
Cupboards or a pantry with food storage are also perfect hiding places for a cockroach. To prevent this from happening, it’s smart to never leave food out on the countertop and to frequently wipe down these spaces to eliminate crumbs. It’s also a good idea to store grains, pastas, and pet food in sealed air-tight containers.
You probably get hungry when enjoying a little screentime – cockroaches do, too! Food or crumbs by your computer or even inside the keyboard can attract roaches. Small cockroaches, like German roaches, can fit in between keys for a bite to eat.
That’s a surprise you don’t want the next time you sit down to type! Keep your desk computer area tidy to prevent unwanted company.
Nooks and Crannies
Many cockroaches are small enough to squeeze into the tightest of places. Think baseboards and trim, the back of picture frames, and corners of your home where there might be trash or recycling. Keeping a tidy home and not letting debris pile up are ways to prevent this from happening.
All of these hiding places can make you feel like a cockroach infestation is bound to happen. The good news is that roach exterminators are professionals who can help you check common cockroach hideouts during a yearly inspection for pests and give you advice on which areas you should watch out for.
Your Terminix Myrtle Beach branch will have professionals ready to inspect your home and help give you peace of mind, plus tips for prevention.
Something that all cockroaches have in common is a love for all things dark and moist, and pipes in your home definitely fit the bill. Pipes under your sink or in your basement might be a nice spot for cockroaches, unless you take steps to regularly check pipes, drains, and faucets for drips and leaks that might attract pests. Seal all cracks around plumbing and the outdoors to make sure roaches stay out.
If you like to eat popcorn on the couch when you’re watching a movie, there’s a good chance cockroaches do, too. They love to nestle into the cushions and eat the crumbs you’ve dropped.
The worst part is, your furniture can also be an ideal place for a female cockroach to lay eggs, which is definitely not something you want! A good measure to prevent this is to frequently vacuum upholstered furniture and inspect cushions for egg casings.
How to Prevent Cockroaches
Unfortunately, cockroaches can be some of the more persistent pests and their infestation in homes is widespread, especially in places with a climate like Myrtle Beach. Here are some actionable steps you can take to keep your home cockroach free:
Steps to Get Rid of Cockroaches
1. Identify Problem Areas
Using a flashlight, check out the common cockroach hiding spots like behind kitchen appliances, under the sink, in cabinets, and in crevices. You can also use things like roach glue traps in order to locate large infestations.
If you are able to get an inspection from a cockroach exterminator, use their guidance to determine the most strategic places to put these traps. By determining the most high trafficked areas, you will have a better idea of where treatment should happen.
2. Use Caulk to Close Gaps
If you’ve identified nooks and crannies that cockroaches might use to invade your home from the outside, use caulk to seal them off and block all possible points of entry. These include gaps in walls or tile, small crevices, openings around water faucets or utility penetrations. For doors and windows, you can also use weather stripping.
3. Place Gel Bait Stations to Reduce Roach Population
One of the best cockroach killers is gel bait, which is sold in a tube for application under baseboards, in crevices, and other areas roaches like to crawl through. What makes gel bait so effective is the boric acid dust, but it’s still important to follow all instructions to ensure it’s being used correctly in order to eliminate cockroaches.
Another option is to use bait stations which attract cockroaches in high-traffic areas of your home and get them with insecticide. While these can help get rid of cockroaches, they won’t be able to target all of them in your home. If you have children or pets in your home, make sure that all these tactics take place out of their reach.
4. Clean to Remove Things Cockroaches Need
If your home doesn’t have the right things to attract a cockroach and keep it happy, they’ll stay away and potentially move on. Take the trash out before it gets too full, regularly clean and wipe down kitchen surfaces and appliances, and don’t leave dirty dishes lying about your home.
Call a Terminix Roach Exterminator
If you have cockroaches in Myrtle Beach, it may be time to look into Palmetto exterminators or a cockroach exterminator with Terminix. Our professionals know cockroaches’ favorite hiding spots and will efficiently and effectively send them packing from your home. They’ll also have tips and tricks to help you prevent future infestations.