Action Pest Services provides treatment for cockroaches. Cockroaches are the most commonly found type of pest throughout the world, and they thrive in close interaction to human spaces. The most commonly found cockroaches in South Carolina are the American, German, Asian, Brown Banded, and Smokey Brown cockroaches. Cockroaches live in, and create, unsanitary conditions within structures and have the potential to expose people and pets to bacteria and pathogens.
There are several characteristics that help identify an American, German, Asian, Brown Banded, or Smokey Brown cockroach.
- American cockroaches are usually between 1″ – 3″ in length, they are brown with a reddish tint, and light brown to yellow markings on the back of the head and neck area.
- German cockroaches are usually between 1″ – 3″ in length, they are primarily a light brown or tan color, and have two black stripes running down their back.
- Asian cockroaches are around 1″ in length, are a dark brown or dark-reddish color, and have short wings.
- Brown banded cockroaches are around .5″ in length, are light brown or tan in color, and have distinct dark band markings on their wings.
- Smokey brown cockroaches can reach 1.5″ in length, are a dark-mahogany color, and have long wings.
- Images of cockroaches can be found from the National Pest Management Association »
Conducive Conditions for Cockroaches
There are a few conditions that can increase the chances of a cockroach infestation:
- Dirty and messy spaces inside the house, especially a dirty kitchen with old garbage bags and dirty dishes in the sink.
- Warm, humid areas with excess moisture near food sources, especially bathrooms or basements.
- Cracks in the foundation, siding, or window panes that serve as points of entry and allow insects to come in to the home.
Cockroach Control Tips for Homeowners
There are several things homeowners can do to prevent and reduce cockroach infestations:
- Keep all areas of the home clean, sanitized, and clutter free.
- Repair and dehumidify any areas of the home with excess, built-up moisture.
- Inspect the exterior of your home, including the foundation, siding, windows, and doorways regularly to ensure there are no points of entry.
A cockroach infestation can quickly increase and become a permanent issue. If you have had more than a single outdoor sighting or are already seeing these pests in your garage or home call Action Pest Services for a customized treatment plan.