What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are primitive insects that have withstood the test of time thanks to their ability to adapt to almost any environmental factor thrown at them. Though there are thousands of species of roaches living worldwide, there is just a small selection that have become pests in our homes and businesses. 

Some of the most common roaches to invade our Wisconsin indoor and outdoor spaces include German cockroaches, American cockroaches, and Oriental cockroaches. 

  • American cockroaches are the largest roach species to find their way into our structures. They live outside but also regularly come into our homes and businesses to find food and shelter. They are reddish-brown with a yellowish pattern on their back that resembles a figure-8. 

  • German cockroaches are small, fast-moving, and light brown to tan with two horizontal black stripes behind the heads. They have adapted to living mainly indoors with people.

  • Oriental cockroaches, also known as water bugs, have smooth, dark bodies and an overall greasy appearance. They have high moisture needs, and whether living inside or out, you'll only find them in areas where water is present.

a cockroach

Are cockroaches dangerous?

As damaging, disease-spreading, allergy-inducing pests, cockroaches are a danger to both people and property. Their excrement stains surfaces and their feeding habits contaminate food and damage things like furniture, wallpaper, clothing, and more. 

They are a significant risk factor in children developing asthma. Their excrement and sheds skin often trigger allergy symptoms like watery eyes, skin rashes, runny noses, and congestion. 

As they crawl throughout our homes over counters, food, tables, and through drawers, utensils, and dishes, they leave behind unhealthy reminders of their presence (salmonellosis, E. coli, and dysentery).

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

You are experiencing a problem with cockroaches because these scavenging pests will take advantage of any property that provides them with their basic needs. 

Having a problem with cockroaches doesn't mean your house is filthy; it simply means that these pests have traveled to your property on their own while searching for food and shelter or were brought there accidentally. Cockroaches are notorious hitchhikers and will move from place to place inside boxes, deliveries, grocery bags, potted plants, appliances, and pieces of furniture.

Cockroaches are so successful because they have learned how to take advantage of people and our properties for their gain!

Where will I find cockroaches?

We find cockroaches (depending on the species) sharing human dwellings, or outside, well away from people. The cockroaches that cause us concern are those that have come to co-exist with people.

Outside roaches, such as American cockroaches and Oriental cockroaches, like to hide in dark areas that meet their moisture needs and allow them to scavenge for food easily. Some of their preferred outdoor habitats are areas near garbage, sewers, drains, under mulch, in woodpiles, and behind tree bark.

German cockroaches are common household pests. Some of their favorite hiding spots are in cardboard boxes, cabinets and drawers, appliances, and behind wall voids. They also like to hide in cracks that develop in walls, behind baseboards and trim, and in areas of clutter.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

Let the professionals at Ewert Pest Control help you eliminate cockroaches from your Milwaukee area residential or commercial property. Our focus is on providing our customers with long-term pest control solutions that utilize green, eco-friendly treatments that won't harm people, plants, or pets. Our certified technicians work with our customers to ensure that current pest issues are corrected and to prevent future pest issues!

We are proud to be leaders in the pest control industry, supplying our customers with effective pest control services, exceptional customer service, and the ability to solve your property's cockroach problems effectively and thoroughly. For more information about our cockroach control services, give us a call today.

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

Keep your Wisconsin property protected from cockroaches with the help of Ewert Pest Control and the following prevention tips.

  • Cockroaches mainly feed at night, so before heading to bed, make sure to clean up the kitchen, wash dirty dishes, and pick up uneaten pet food.

  • Most cockroaches gravitate to areas of moisture. Use dehumidifiers to reduce moisture levels in your home.

  • Repair leaky pipes, fixtures, sinks, and tubs.

  • Keep cockroaches from finding a way into your house from the outside by sealing cracks in the foundation, exterior walls, gaps around windows and doors, and spaces around utilities. 

    Inspect boxes, deliveries, and secondhand items for roaches before bringing them into your house.

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