Cockroaches are among the most successful organisms on earth. They have been around for millions of years, and they aren’t leaving anytime soon. With their high resiliency and rapid colony growth, they can pose a serious risk. A study through the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America has reported that 78 to 98 percent of urban homes have cockroaches – with as many as 900 to 330,000 per home!
But, don’t worry, we at Pest Defense Solutions can protect your home or business- we guarantee it! We specialize in cockroach pest control in Oklahoma City by doing a very thorough inspection and using the latest technology to stay ahead of your roach problems.
Cockroaches have helped spread 33 kinds of bacteria (including E. coli and Salmonella types), more than 7 types of human pathogens and 6 parasitic worms.
“You have good reason to be concerned when you hear the pitter-patter of little cucaracha feet in your [home or business]. Cockroaches have the potential to lead to two health issues:
First, the little buggers can contaminate your environment by [scattering] droppings and bacteria, including antibiotic-resistant strains. These bacteria, like salmonella, can cause issues such as food poisoning. Yikes!
Second, cockroaches can leave behind tiny parts of their body that can settle in the dust in your home. These “cockroach allergens” are known as a major contributor to allergies, asthma, and other breathing problems. According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology (link is external), you might be experiencing a roach allergy if you have a stuffy nose that won’t go away, a skin rash, and year-round respiratory symptoms, like coughing, wheezing, and chest tightness (though other health issues could lead to these symptoms so you may want to check with a health care provider, just to be sure).” http://goaskalice.columbia.edu/answered-questions/health-risks-cockroaches
Cockroaches and pet waste:
Besides the smell, pet waste is also a constant source of food for insects, a health risk for pets, and it can destroy your lawn.
- Cockroaches, beetles, crickets and grubs are often coprophagous- meaning they eat feces.
- These same insects, along with birds, rodents, frogs, snakes, and lizards can host a parasite called Link 1:Physaloptera spp- a stomach worm that can cause serious infections.
- Pet waste contains high levels of Link 2: nitrogen that kills grass. These yellow or “burnt” spots will usually require new sod or reseeding in the general area.
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Question: What are the most common types of roaches in Oklahoma?
Answer: The German, American, and oriental roaches are found throughout Oklahoma City and surrounding areas.
Question: What makes roaches so hard to get rid of?
Answer: For one, their ability to chew allows them to eat more than just common human food. Roaches share our love for the common macro-nutrients: complex carbohydrates, protein, fat, and simple sugars. But if “ideal” food sources are scarce, roaches have been known to eat leather, the starch in book binding glue, plant matter, and decaying animal and insect corpses. They are truly versatile with their diet, and they exhibit this same versatility when it comes to their adaptability to various living conditions.
Although roaches prefer dark, humid, small spaces to hide, they can move out into the open if necessary, and can survive almost any climate. Some roaches are rather good flyers, but most prefer to crawl or hitch-hike on objects and animals, this way they can spread effectively in order to create new populations.
One of the primary reasons that roaches are so successful is because of their astonishing ability to reproduce. German roach females in particular lay a large number of eggs, and they reach sexual maturity at a very early age. German roach females carry the egg sac for a long time during development, which helps protect the baby roaches from harm. These roaches are also very small, which allows them to hide easily, increasing their adaptability.
Roaches have also developed a high resistance to some pesticides. This can create challenges to control, but at Pest Defense Solutions we understand this, and we treat with insecticides that even roaches can’t tolerate. We will oftentimes combine a variety of insecticide formulations and active ingredients to hit the roaches from a number of angles, creating a synergistic assault on an infestation.
Question: What can I do to help get rid of roaches at my home or place of business?
Answer: Cleanliness is critical to preventing roach infestations, as is the case with most types of pests. If you have a current infestation, make sure that you clean your home or business as thoroughly as possible. Make sure to remove any possible food sources, and scrub behind kitchen appliances if necessary. Grease is a favorite of German roaches, so make sure to degrease your kitchen.
Pest Defense Solutions can help seal up your home to prevent possible entry points. It will also help if you remove clutter, especially items in storage that could be considered trash. Make sure to address any areas of your home where there may be excessive moisture build-up, such as leaky plumbing.
The most important step you can take is to call us for help. If you let a roach problem continue, it can turn into a severe infestation, which will increase the time required to conquer and control their rapid expansion. Pest Defense Solutions will develop a custom plan based on your specific issue. The longer you wait, the more there will be! Call now to schedule a free inspection>>>>Tags: cockroach pest control