If you notice a cockroach infestation inside your home, the best way to eliminate it is with Greensboro pest control from Go-Forth Pest Control. Cockroaches are notoriously difficult to eliminate because of their large numbers, hard exteriors, and growing resistance to over-the-counter treatments. Luckily, we have the knowledge, experience, and professional-grade products that are required in order to get rid of these pests. We provide our customers with ongoing support from cockroaches and always use treatments that are safe and long-lasting. For more information on our cockroach control offerings, contact us today.
How To Tell If You Have A Cockroach Infestation
A cockroach infestation in Greensboro can be one of the most significant pest problems that you can face in your home because of the size and severity of infestations. That said, sometimes determining that you actually have a cockroach problem can be far more difficult than you might think. Cockroaches are primarily active at night, live in secluded areas, and don’t stray too far from their food and water sources, which means that you may only see a few members of the infestation if you’re lucky. That said, some of the ways that you might be able to identify a cockroach problem in your home include:
- The presence of cockroaches that are alive or dead
- A strong, mildew-like odor that comes from their secreted hormones
- Egg sacs that can contain upwards of a dozen cockroaches
- Body parts and skin that shed as a part of the molting process
- Fecal matter around your floors and counters that looks like flecks of dirt or pepper flakes
- Damage to leather upholstery, books, and other fabrics as well as small chew marks on boxes containing cereal, granola, pasta, or baking flour
- Dark smear marks on your walls and molding that cockroaches leave behind
These signs are usually most commonly present in bathrooms and kitchens; however, cockroaches can invade anywhere in your home.
If you notice any of the aforementioned signs, the best thing you can do is contact the professionals at Go-Forth Pest Control. We have been providing homeowners with pest control in Greensboro for more than 60 years and it’s a tradition that we continue to follow in our third generation of family ownership. We understand that cockroach infestations are a very easy problem for city dwellers to develop, which is why we include cockroach control in our My Elite and My Elite Plus programs. By providing routine property inspections, applying EPA-approved products to both the inside and outside of your home, and working with you on the subtle habit changes you can implement in your daily life, we’ll be able to relieve you of cockroach pressures throughout the year. For more information on our Greensboro pest control services, please call us today.
Cockroaches Trigger Allergies And Spread Disease
A cockroach infestation is a big deal not so much for the property damage that they may cause, but primarily because of the health risks that they’re associated with. Cockroaches leave behind body parts, skin, fecal matter, and saliva in the homes that they invade, and these all have the ability to pass along some very harmful pathogens and bacteria. The health risks that cockroaches are associated with include E. coli, streptococcus, and staphylococcus infections, as well as salmonellosis, gastroenteritis, dysentery, and giardia. Some of the unpleasant side effects of having a cockroach infestation include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, chills, fever, muscle and joint pain, fatigue, and abdominal pain, to name a few. These sensations can give a person the feeling that they are dealing with food poisoning when in fact, the truth can be much more serious. With symptoms like these, it’s important to monitor them closely, as some people can end up with severe dehydration and bacteria that spreads to the bloodstream.
Cockroaches in Greensboro are also closely linked to the onset of allergies as well as issues with asthma attacks. They commonly shed body parts and skin during the molting process and the average cockroach will go through six cycles of this until they become an adult. This provides plenty of opportunities for people, especially children, to grow irritated from cockroaches' discarded body parts. The cockroach antigens are proteins that are found in their feces as well as skin and are the root cause of asthma attacks. Sometimes cockroaches scratch or bite people, which can also be the source of allergic reactions like swelling and muscle pain.
Issues like this will return if an infestation is not treated properly. At Go-Forth Pest Control, we provide homeowners with Greensboro pest control that helps fight cockroaches all year long. We use products that are safe for the whole family and approved by the EPA when treating both the interior and exterior of a property. We also provide bi-monthly maintenance visits so that we can reinforce the barrier that we’ve created and guarantee that there are no cockroaches present. For more information on how pest control in Greensboro will help address cockroaches, contact us today.
Factors That Attract Cockroaches Into Your Home
Whether you’re trying to understand how you developed a cockroach infestation in your home or want to prevent one, there are a few key factors that will help illuminate how these situations arise. To start, cockroaches are highly attracted to water in all of its forms. They require moisture in order to survive, which means that things like leaks, drips, and condensation can attract them. Even leaving your pet’s water dishes out at night will suffice for cockroaches and they may drink from them. Because moisture can be found nearly everywhere in your home, cockroaches have countless opportunities in places around kitchen sinks, bathtubs, air conditioning units, and downspouts. Cockroaches tend not to stray too far from a water source, so you may find them living in kitchen cabinets or underneath your bathroom sink.
Food sources are also greatly responsible for attracting cockroaches to your Greensboro home and there are some that might surprise you. While a cockroach can survive for longer without food than they can without water, they are still not picky and will eat anything from pet food to human hair. They like crumbs, sticky spills, cardboard, leather, soap, books, leftovers, pantry items, and almost anything that they can find. This is why it’s so important that you keep a clean and hygienic home. Storing food in secure containers is imperative as is taking out the trash before it accumulates and cleaning up after spills thoroughly.
The status of your landscaping can also play a role in whether or not cockroaches are lured to your property. Areas with standing water, like bird baths and flower pots, are ideal locales for cockroaches as are the piles of brush and hedge trimmings that may be scattered around your yard. Just as they do inside of the house, cockroaches thrive in dark, secluded, and damp areas, so look to eliminate these same situations outdoors.
Of course, cockroaches can’t enter your home if they don’t have the openings to do so. Something simple like having gaps around your doors and windows can be enough to give them room to enter but so can bringing in boxes that have been sitting on your stoop. Roaches are a tenacious pest and they will use any opportunity they get to invade. For more information on how Greensboro pest control can keep cockroaches out of your home, contact Go-Forth Pest Control today.
The Best Way To Get Rid Of Cockroaches In Your Home
If you find even one cockroach inside of your home, the truth is that there might be many more. When many species of cockroaches breed, the female lays one ootheca, or egg sac, a month for 10 months and each of these sacs can contain approximately 16 eggs. The German cockroach, however, produces upwards of 30 eggs in each sac. They are also the most common species across the globe and the most difficult to eliminate. The German cockroach reaches maturation in a few months, which means that an infestation can quickly grow out of control.
In addition to causing very large outbreaks, cockroaches are also potentially very hazardous, so the best way to get rid of them is with professional help. By working with a pest control company, you can also avoid exposing yourself to things like E. coli infections, salmonellosis, and gastrointestinal discomforts by swiftly eliminating the problem. A professional will be able to address all of the factors that lure cockroaches in the first place, some of which you can’t prevent, like their use of the sewer system.
At Go-Forth Pest Control, we provide comprehensive cockroach control services that are designed to simultaneously eliminate any active cockroach problems you may be dealing with while preventing future ones from occurring. We include these persistent pests in the coverage we provide through our My Elite and My Elite Plus residential pest control programs because we know how tenacious they can be, and that they also require a specialized approach.
In order to eliminate the cockroaches in your home, we provide both interior and exterior treatments at every visit that include places like garages, patios, and play areas. This approach allows us to create an impenetrable barrier between your home and cockroaches. All of the products that we use during these visits are EPA-approved, so they’re safe for people and pets. As a company with more than 60 years of experience, our licensed technicians will also work with you on education for limiting future cockroach problems. But more importantly, all of the work that we provide is designed to be long-lasting. We’ll visit your home on a recurring basis and provide free re-treatments between visits if any roaches should reappear. For more information on our residential and commercial pest control services in Greensboro, contact us today.