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What are cockroaches?

There are over 4,000 species of cockroaches worldwide, but only a select few are problematic for home and business owners. When living outdoors and away from people, cockroaches are beneficial insects and help to break down decaying matter. But, when roaches live near people, or inside our homes and businesses, they become hazardous rather than helpful. Cockroaches have flattened, oval-shaped body and six legs covered in spines. Their long antennae are usually the same length or longer than their bodies.Whether they have fully developed wings or not depends on their exact species. In the Las Vegas area, some of the most common species of cockroaches found invading our homes and properties are listed below:

American Cockroaches

American cockroach adults grow to between ¼ and 2 ⅛ inches long. Their bodies are reddish-brown with a yellowish pattern on their backs that resembles a figure-8. They are the largest household-invading cockroach in the United States.

German Cockroaches

German cockroaches are small, fast-moving roaches. They have a light brown to tan-colored body with two horizontal black stripes behind their heads. These roaches cannot fly, but run quickly and scatter out of the way when disturbed.

Oriental Cockroaches

Oriental cockroaches are usually found in and around drains and are often referred to as “water bugs.” Oriental cockroaches have smooth, dark brown or black bodies, and the males have wings that are more fully developed than the females, though neither are capable of flight.

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Yes, when cockroaches invade homes and businesses, they are considered dangerous for a wide variety of reasons. Before finding their way onto our property, those roaches were traveling through or living in unsanitary conditions like trash piles, sewers, areas around drains, and on excrement or carrion. Because of this, cockroaches carry a large number of parasites, human pathogens, and bacteria on their bodies. As these roaches forage for food and travel throughout your home or business, they contaminate food, dishes, and surfaces with pathogens that can cause illnesses like salmonella, diarrhea, and dysentery. Listed below are more reasons why these insects are a threat to have living in your Southern Nevada home or business:

Cockroaches shed their skins as they grow and develop. These shed skins along with their excrement can trigger allergies and asthma attacks in some people, especially in young children, the elderly, and those with compromised immune systems.

Many cockroach species produce an unpleasant musty odor.

Roaches may damage personal items by chewing through fabrics or staining them with their excrement.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

Anywhere that food is prepared or stored creates an ideal environment for cockroaches. Not only do homes and businesses offer easy access to food, but they also provide a place to nest that is temperature-controlled and protected from the harsh realities of outdoor living. Outdoors, cockroaches often live in areas that are close to the exterior of homes and find their way inside after being attracted by outdoor lighting. Common entry points that roaches utilize to enter homes include openings around windows and doors, drains, vents, and pipes. In addition, these pests are also commonly introduced inside in used appliances or furniture, in deliveries, or inside potted plants.

Where will I find cockroaches?

Cockroaches thrive in both indoor and outdoor locations. Some species like the German cockroach prefer to live indoors while other species like the American cockroach prefer to live outside. Whether nesting inside or outside, most cockroach species prefer damp, dark, warm locations. Outside, they nest under mulch in flower beds, behind tree bark, under woodpiles, in garbage piles, and around sewers. Inside you’ll find them in kitchens, bathrooms, closets, crawlspaces, and basements.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

Red Rock Pest Control understands that cockroaches and other household pests are difficult and stressful to deal with. Our certified pest control technicians are experienced in eliminating the pests found throughout the Las Vegas region and know how to protect both people and properties from them. We offer professional pest control services you can trust to eliminate cockroaches from your Las Vegas property and keep them from returning.If you are looking for quality pest control solutions for your Las Vegas home or business, reach out to Red Rock Pest Control today!

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

Keep cockroaches out of your home or business using the following prevention tips:

Seal openings in the foundation, exterior walls, and roofline of your home.
Place weatherstripping around exterior windows and doors.
Place mesh covers over vents leading into your home.
Place a stone or crushed rock barrier between any mulch and the foundation or your home.
Make sure outdoor eating areas are kept free of food debris.
Regularly wash your dishes, vacuum your floors, and wipe down your counters and tables.
Replace white outdoor light bulbs with yellow or LED outdoor lights, which are less attractive to cockroaches and other insects.
Place tight-fitting lids on outdoor trash cans and compost bins.
Keep food stored in the refrigerator or in air-tight containers.
Always store pet food in plastic or metal containers with locking lids.
Inspect used furniture and appliances, deliveries, or potted plants for cockroaches before bringing them inside your home.
Remove trash from your home on a daily basis, if possible.

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