Pest control in Newtown Square, PA wouldn't be complete if it didn't include a plan to handle cockroaches. These disgusting and dangerous pests spread dozens of diseases and can put your health at serious risk. That's why you should never underestimate the perils of a cockroach infestation or hesitate to do something about one.

Clear Signs Of Cockroaches In Your Home

The thing about cockroaches is that they're sneaky as can be. These pests are nocturnal, so they're most active when we're sleeping. They are also very good at scurrying away and hiding in places we can't reach. All this means you may never see a live roach in your house—even if you have a significant infestation. 

This, in turn, means you'll need to look for other signs of cockroach infestation, such as:

  • Smear marks from roaches crawling in water
  • A foul or musty odor
  • Roach feces or egg capsules
  • Dead roaches or shed exoskeletons

If you start to see these signs, don't hesitate. Call the pest professionals immediately. You’ll be glad you did.

Cockroaches Are Known To Spread Harmful Pathogens

Cockroaches spend their time in some pretty horrifying places, including cemeteries, open sewage, and landfills. Even worse, they eat all the gross things in these places, like rotting flesh and feces. With that in mind, it's no wonder why cockroaches are known or suspected to spread over 40 different pathogens, including bacterial, viral, and parasitic infections.

Some diseases you can catch from cockroaches include:

  • Salmonellosis
  • Listeriosis
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Leptospirosis
  • Leprosy

This is why it's so vital to take cockroach infestations seriously. The diseases they spread can be deadly, and so can the consequences of ignoring the cockroaches kicking it in your house.

How And Why Cockroaches Invade Homes

Cockroaches invade our homes because they're full of the goodies that roaches need to survive and thrive. Here in Pennsylvania, our harsh winters also push roaches to enter our climate-controlled homes to escape the cold and snow, but even in the summer months, our homes are often the most convenient place to seek food and moisture. These pests often find their way inside by squeezing through cracks, gaps, or holes in your home's exterior after being drawn to your house by these attractants.

This means one of the best ways to go about cockroach control in Newtown Square is to make sure that your home is as undesirable and inconvenient for roaches as possible. To do this:

  • Cover all indoor and outdoor trash cans with tight lids.
  • Take care of any moisture problems, like leaky pipes and condensation.
  • Store all pantry foods in airtight containers.
  • Never leave pet food or dirty pet bowls sitting out. Instead, feed your pets and put their bowls away right away.
  • Clean up immediately after meals and never leave dirty dishes in the sink.
  • Vacuum and wipe surfaces frequently to pick up crumbs.

Taking these measures can help make your house much less attractive to cockroaches and encourage them to move on to easier pickings. However, even the best cockroach prevention measures aren’t always enough.

Call The Pros At The First Sign Of Cockroaches

The resilient and fast-reproducing characteristics of cockroaches make them one of the toughest pest species to get rid of on your own. Not only do they breed new generations of roaches every few weeks, but they also are resistant to most over-the-counter cockroach control products. This means that your efforts to get them out of your home will likely fail.

The good news is, our efforts won't fail. At Cunningham Pest Control, our resident cockroach experts have the tools and techniques that cockroaches can't resist or escape by replacing themselves hundreds of times over. We know how to interrupt the roach life cycle in ways that ensure any infestation we encounter will be toast in no time. So don't waste your time with sprays that are more dangerous to your family and your pets than they are to roaches. Contact us today!