Unwanted guests in your home? Cockroaches are not only a common household nuisance but are also carriers of various diseases and can trigger allergies and asthma. Their rapid reproductive cycle means that a small problem can quickly turn into an infestation if not addressed promptly.
As experienced pest control experts, we understand the distress and discomfort cockroaches can cause in any space. Leveraging state-of-the-art techniques and environmentally responsible methods, we effectively eliminate these pests and ensure they don't return. Say goodbye to sleepless nights and hello to a clean, roach-free environment. Trust us, your local cockroach exterminator, to bring you peace of mind. Below are two common roach species that can overtake Southern California homes, and we just so happen to handle!
The American cockroach is the largest house-invading cockroach species living in the U.S. Most adults grow to between 1-1/2 and 2 inches in length, but they do have the potential to grow up to 3 inches. American cockroaches are winged and can fly short distances. They are dark reddish-brown, with a lighter color outlining their bodies. Their most unique feature is a yellowish figure-8 pattern behind their heads. These roaches are scavengers and feed on decaying matter.
American cockroaches prefer to live outside in diverse environments like under mulch, on tree bark, in city dumps, in steam tunnels, and in sewers. Their choice of moisture-rich nesting spots is why they are often called “water bugs.” These cockroaches commonly find their way inside homes and businesses, where they take up residence in damp, moist areas like basements, crawlspaces, and bathrooms. American roaches are dangerous pests because of the wide variety of parasites, bacteria, and human pathogens they are capable of spreading.
To prevent American cockroaches from invading your property, control moisture issues in and around your home, and eliminate as many entry points as possible. Fix leaky pipes and fixtures, place a dehumidifier in the basement, and utilize air conditioners. Trim back tree branches, overgrown shrubs, and bushes from the foundation. Keep locking lids on outdoor trash cans and compost bins, and maintain outdoor eating areas.
The German cockroach is a very common species of cockroach. They prefer living indoors and are problematic inside homes, restaurants, and other facilities where food is present. The German cockroach has a flat, oval-shaped body, and is light brown or tan in color. They have two black stripes running horizontally down behind their heads. German cockroaches have wings but rarely use them. They are prolific breeders, and can quickly overtake any home or business they find their way into.
German cockroaches are small, which allows them to easily enter homes and businesses unnoticed in bags, boxes, or packages. They also make their way indoors through small cracks and crevices in exterior walls and foundations. Once inside, they will easily move throughout a structure using wires, pipes, and wall voids as their own personal highway system. They nest in warm, humid, secluded places located near food sources. They are a dangerous pest to be nesting inside near people. This cockroach carries a wide variety of bacteria, viruses, human pathogens, and parasites on their legs and body that can make people ill.
To prevent these pests from invading your property, reduce moisture levels by repairing leaky pipes and fixtures, make sure crawlspaces are properly ventilated, and use dehumidifiers to lower moisture levels. Seal gaps in your home's foundation, exterior walls, and around utilities. Replace torn window screens. Keep lids on trash cans, keep all food in the refrigerator or in containers with air-tight lids, and regularly vacuum and wipe down counters.