Cockroaches are some of the most dreaded pests in the world, because they can also prove to be the most difficult to get rid of. Cockroaches are hardy against poison, they breed quickly, and they’re good at hiding, so it takes careful strategy to get rid of an infestation.
The most common type of cockroach in Utah is the German cockroach. These cockroaches are usually relatively small, about ½ inch in size. They are commonly a light brown color, with black lines. German cockroaches love dark and moist places.
American cockroaches are one of the largest species in the world, measuring two inches or more in length. They also have wings that allow them to move from place to place. They’re attracted to fecal matter and garbage. They also often coexist with German cockroaches, so tandem infestations aren’t uncommon.
Oriental cockroaches are most often found outside, although they might wander indoors as well. This variety has a glossy dark brown or black carapace, and grow to be about one inch long.
Brownbanded cockroaches are a smaller variety; they seldom grow more than half an inch long. They tend to congregate in warmer areas of your home, sometimes in the ceiling or near water heaters.
One of the most obvious ways to avoid cockroaches living in your home is to keep it clean. Cockroaches are omnivores who eat anything from cardboard boxes to rotting vegetables. They’re especially attracted to starchy and greasy foods. Take care to clean up crumbs, wipe under and behind appliances frequently, and take out your trash quickly in order to prevent attracting cockroaches. All cockroaches like damp spaces, so correct any leaks or drips in your home. Check under the sinks, near the pipes, and inside kitchen and bathroom cupboards for areas that are moist and might provide an ideal climate for cockroaches.
Eliminating Cockroach Infestations
As we mentioned above, cockroaches can be especially difficult to get rid of. They’re not susceptible to bug sprays and deterrents, and so often, the best technique is to poison them with baits and traps. In order to get the best results, we’ll determine what kind of roaches we’re dealing with, set traps and do an inspection to find out where their base it, and use either bait, boric acid, or a combination of both in order to get rid of the existing population and prevent more in the future.