Does Seeing One Cockroach In My Las Vegas Home Mean An Infestation?


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Cockroaches can be frustrating to deal with, and they are more than just a nuisance. Cockroaches are considered dangerous because they carry and spread pathogens and disease. They also tend to spread quickly. It’s rare to only have one or two cockroaches in your Las Vegas home.
There are many species of cockroaches found throughout the world, but there are only a few that are common in the Las Vegas area. Here are common area cockroaches and what they look like:

  • American cockroaches: This is the biggest species found in the area, and they are most easily identified by the yellow figure-eight pattern located behind their heads.

  • German cockroaches: These cockroaches are usually a light brown or yellow color and can be identified by the two black stripes running horizontally on their heads.

  • Oriental cockroaches: This species is often found in or near drains. They are a dark color, usually reddish-brown, and have a shiny appearance.

What Are The Risks Of Cockroaches?

The reason that cockroaches are so dangerous is that they can carry and transmit over 30 different diseases such as E. coli. They are drawn to damp areas and often hide in places like drains. They are often found in places like bathrooms and kitchens where they can easily contaminate food sources and food prep areas and spread germs.

Another concern with cockroaches is that their infestations can be quite large. They usually have big populations, and these populations grow and expand quickly. So, even if you’ve only seen one or two cockroaches in your home, there likely are many, many more that you’re not seeing.

Cockroaches are often in your home spreading disease and hiding in dark, moist places long before you ever notice them.

How To Prevent Cockroach Infestations

Cockroaches often get inside by hitching a ride on things like luggage, boxes, or groceries. They can also come into your home by crawling up pipes and sewage. You may carry them into your home or have them inside for long time without noticing them.

While eliminating cockroaches can be a daunting task, there are some things you can do now to prevent future cockroach infestations. Here are some prevention steps you can take:

  • Clean and vacuum often.
  • Make your home less appealing by fixing leaky pipes and faucets.
  • Ensure your home is well-ventilated and use dehumidifiers if needed.
  • Clean up food spills and crumbs as they occur
  • Properly store pet food when not in use.

Protecting Your Home From Cockroaches

Since cockroach infestations can easily grow out of control, it is very hard to get rid of them on your own. Cockroaches are a dangerous pest that can spread disease and harm you or your family. The best thing to do if you’ve noticed a cockroach infestation is to contact the pest control professionals at Red Rock Pest Control. Our cockroach removal process gets rid of these pests quickly, thoroughly, and safely.


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