Frequently Asked Questions about Cockroaches

Our pest control technicians at Imel Pest Control in Carrolton, IL get more calls about cockroach infestations than any other pest infestation. That’s because cockroaches are one of the hardiest pests on the planet, lay eggs constantly and require only water to survive for up to six months.

Here are 5 of the most frequently asked questions we get about cockroaches:

1. How Do I Know I Have a Cockroach Infestation?

Seeing just one cockroach scurrying around your kitchen or elsewhere means you’ve probably got the beginnings of a roach problem. Cockroaches are nocturnal and rarely leave their nests during the day. If you see roaches during the daytime, you definitely have a roach infestation.

2. How Do Cockroaches Infest a Building? Where Do They Come From?

Cockroaches often infest homes by “hitchhiking“. Store bags, used furniture, suitcases, or clothing can harbor roach eggs that hatch within days or even a few hours of being brought into a building. If you walk in a home infested with roaches, you could have eggs stuck to the bottoms of your shoes. Roaches travel on the ground outside from one home to another as well.

It is a myth that roaches only infest dirty buildings. You can have the cleanest home or commercial building in Carrolton, IL and still have roaches. Remember, all roaches need is water to survive. They can also live for months without food.

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FAQs about cockroaches in carrolton, illinois

3. Do Cockroaches Cause Diseases?

Cockroaches do not carry and transmit diseases to humans, like ticks and mosquitoes. Instead, they are bacteria reservoirs spreading illnesses by picking up pathogens in sewers, animal feces, raw meat and other damp places where bacteria thrive. In this way, roaches spread salmonella, E. coli, gastroenteritis, and other bacterial diseases.

4. Do Cockroaches Bite Humans and Pets?

Only in severe infestations or when food is extremely scarce would roaches bite a person or animal. Additionally, cockroaches are instinctively frightened of people and will scurry away if disturbed.

5. What Gets Rid of a Cockroach Infestation?

You may have heard boric acid powder kills roaches. Well, it does but only roaches that happen to run across the powder. Also, roaches may or may not carry the powder back to nests, where thousands of other roaches continue breeding and infesting your home.

Roach control using OTC methods simply don’t work. Professional pest control services provided by Imel in Carrolton, IL will eliminate a roach infestation once and for all. Call today to schedule an appointment.