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Keep Cockroaches Out of Your Dayton Home or Business

There are four types of cockroaches in the Dayton area: American cockroaches, German cockroaches, oriental cockroaches, and brown-banded cockroaches. However, the signs of cockroaches in your home that you may notice are the same for all four types, including:

  • Cockroach feces – Cockroach feces look like coffee grounds or black pepper flakes on your counter or floor, wherever roaches have been traveling.
  • Smear marks – Cockroaches may smear their feces by walking through them. These smears are dark and irregular and usually appear in corners where walls join or around baseboards that the cockroaches may be harboring behind.
  • Musty smell – If you have a large enough cockroach infestation, you may notice that your home has a dry, musty smell. That’s the cockroaches using their pheromones to communicate with each other.
  • Egg capsules – Cockroaches are unique among insects in the way they reproduce. Most insects drop their eggs off willy-nilly and forget about them. Female cockroaches mate once and can then produce up to five egg capsules in their lifetime, with 30 to 50 eggs in each capsule. They then attach the egg capsule to their bellies and carry it around with them until a few days before the eggs will hatch. The capsules are brown and segmented and range from ¼ to ½ inch in length, depending on the species.
  • Shed exoskeletons – From the time they’re born to the time they reach adulthood, cockroaches molt 5 to 14 times, depending on the species. They leave their yellow-tan shed behind.
  • Nymphs – Nymphs are baby cockroaches. Depending on where in their life cycle they are, they range from ⅛ to ½ inch long but otherwise resemble adult cockroaches.
  • Full-grown cockroaches – American cockroaches are the biggest of the four species. They grow up to 2 ½ inches long. They’re brown with leathery wings that they can use to fly or for gliding from a higher elevation to a lower one, with six legs and two antennae. They have two circles on their heads that touch to form a figure eight.

Oriental cockroaches are smaller, only growing to about 1 inch long. They’re black and shiny, with six legs and two antennae. Males have wings but can’t fly, while females have no wings. Oriental cockroaches resemble beetles.

Brown-banded cockroaches are smaller yet, growing to about ½ inch long. They’re dark brown and have two tan bands going across their wings. Males have wings that extend past their bodies which allow them to fly. Females have smaller wings and can’t fly.

German cockroaches are the smallest of them all, also only reaching ½ inch long as adults. They’re brown with parallel black lines on their backs. They’re also the most common type of cockroach in the Dayton area.

If you see any of these signs, especially the actual bugs themselves, you need to know how to get rid of cockroaches at home. The best way to do that is to call EcoPro Termite & Pest.


Why Are Cockroaches So Dangerous?

Cockroaches are dangerous for two reasons: they can cause severe allergic reactions, and they can carry up to 46 bacteria, parasites, and other pathogens that can infect humans and their pets.

The first reason cockroaches are so dangerous is that they can cause severe allergic reactions, especially in children and people who have asthma. Anyone can develop an allergy to cockroaches at any time in their life. German cockroaches are the most likely to cause allergic reactions, which can cause and/or worsen asthma attacks.

The second reason cockroaches are so dangerous is the diseases they can carry, which include:

  • Cholera
  • Dysentery
  • E. coli
  • Giardia
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Listeria
  • Salmonella
  • Typhoid fever

If you think you may have them in your home, you need home pest control from EcoPro Termite & Pest as soon as possible to avoid any of these medical conditions afflicting you and your family.

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Take Back Your Property With Help From EcoPro Termite & Pest

To understand how to get rid of cockroaches in the house, you first have to understand why it’s so difficult to get rid of them. First, they’re incredibly adaptable. Their exoskeletons are flexible, which lets them hide in the tiniest cracks and crevices in your home. They can find nutrition in a wide variety of sources you wouldn’t think of, including hair, toothpaste, soap, cardboard, paper, books, wallpaper, and glue.

Second, cockroaches breed quickly. Females can lay more than 120 eggs during their lifetime. They can grow six generations of cockroaches in a single year, with every new breeding female laying those same 120 eggs. A mild infestation can become major, with tens of thousands of cockroaches calling your house their home.

Third, cockroaches are incredibly resilient. They have developed enzymes that protect them from toxic environments. They can live for a month with no food, a week with no water, and, incredibly, a week with no head.

Fourth, cockroaches are resistant to many commercially available products that are supposed to be able to eliminate them – even some used by professional home and commercial pest control companies. They’re even breeding that resistance into each new generation.

How to get rid of cockroaches, then? Call in the professionals from EcoPro Termite & Pest. All of our technicians are highly trained and licensed and have gone through rigorous background checks, all for your peace of mind. At the first sign of a cockroach problem in your home, contact us for your free estimate.

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