Pest Identification – Cockroaches

What is a cockroach?

The three species of cockroaches that are most common in our area include:

Of these, the German cockroach is the one most frequently found in homes and apartments.  Another species, the American roach, is uncommon in homes and prefers food storage and preparation areas as well as basements and steam tunnels of large commercial facilities such as restaurants, hospitals and grocery stores.  The third species, the Oriental roach is not commonly found in homes and is often referred to as a water bug.  Cockroaches range in color from light brown to an oily black and can vary in size from 1/4 of an inch to 2 inches long depending on the species.

Why do I have them?

Cockroaches like to hide in dark, moist, undisturbed places close to food and water sources, which is why they are most commonly found in kitchens and bathrooms.  They infest homes and buildings that provide suitable conditions for breeding and feed mainly at night.  They will dash for shelter when the lights are switched on.

Are they dangerous?

Cockroaches carry viral and bacterial pathogens on their bodies and in their feces.  When we unknowingly consume contaminated food or use utensils that have been exposed to the cockroach, we can become sick with asthma, salmonella poisoning and dysentery.  These conditions are especially harmful to children.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

Getting rid of cockroaches can be extremely difficult.  These nighttime pests are naturally hard to pin down and adapt extremely well to their surroundings.  That’s why it is highly recommended that if you have a roach infestation you should contact a professional pest control company.  At Wil-Kil Pest Control we offer effective cockroach control to eliminate cockroach problems in Madison, Green Bay, Eau Claire, and throughout Wisconsin.

Can I do it myself?

Do-it-yourself cockroach treatments and products are not usually effective, especially against large infestations and they may contain pesticides that can be more harmful to people and pets than they are to the roach.

How soon can you get here?

At Wil-Kil Pest Control, our goal is to help you in the shortest time possible, while resolving your cockroach problems in the most cost effective manner.  We make every effort to be with you the same or very next day.

How can I prevent this in the future?

Cockroach problems can be difficult to prevent but reducing sources of water, food and implementing proper sanitation techniques will discourage these pests from moving into your home.  If cockroaches have infested your property, contact Wil-Kil Pest Control.

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