If you’ve ever had to deal with an infestation of cockroaches in your home, you know getting rid of them for good is tough. Just the thought of seeing a cockroach run across the floor sends chills up the spine.

Cockroaches are more than just a nuisance. They can be harmful to the health of your family if they’re allowed to reside in your home.

The Affect Cockroaches Have on Your Home

The biggest concern you should have if there are cockroaches in your home is their ability to spread dangerous diseases. It turns out cockroaches have a pretty large appetite ranging from food scraps to feces. That’s right. Cockroaches feed on poop. 

That’s enough to make you want to kick out this unwelcome guest, but it gets worse. The bacteria found in the cockroaches diet can survive its digestive system for months. 

If you leave any food out on the counter, the cockroach may either defecate or vomit on it. Now, when you eat that food, you have that same dangerous bacteria in your system. 

It’s flawed thinking to assume there’s only one roach in your home. Try taking into consideration that if it’s a female cockroach, she may have just laid between ten and forty eggs. 

All these babies can then live up to twelve months and will make more babies of their own. Next thing you know, you’ve got a cockroach infestation. 

Steps to Keep Your Home Safe and Clean from Cockroaches 

If you live in an area prone to cockroaches (hot, humid climates), remember these essential steps to keep your home safe. 

Clean Your Home Regularly and Thoroughly 

  • Spend extra time cleaning the kitchen
  • Clean behind and underneath appliances 
  • Take out the garbage daily
  • Don’t leave out food scraps
  • Seal food in airtight containers
  • Throw out old newspapers and magazines

Inspect Your Home

  • Seal up any cracks in doors or walls
  • Check for leaks in pipes or faucets (cockroaches need water)
  • Use insecticide and cockroach bait
  • Hire a professional pest control service

Types of Cockroaches in Indiana

If you’re wondering whether or not you’re at risk for cockroaches here in Indiana, be assured, you are. Here is a list of the five most common cockroaches found in Indiana. 

  1. German Cockroach. This roach is about ½ an inch long. The adults are tan while the immature roaches are dark brown or black. They prefer to spend time in your kitchen. 
  1. American Cockroach. At one and a half inches long, the American Cockroach is the largest common roach. You’ll most likely find them in food establishments. 
  1. Oriental Cockroach. It’s about an inch long and is shiny black or dark brown. It usually sneaks into the house through the sewer pipes as it loves damp places.
  1. Brown-banded Cockroach. While it looks a lot like the German roach, this roach usually invades homes by hitching rides on your luggage. 
  1. The Wood Cockroach. As the name implies, the Wood cockroach likes to spend its life living under loose bark of dead trees and logs. 

Get Professional Pest Control Today

If you are experiencing a cockroach infestation, it is nothing to take lightly. The health of your family is at stake. Contact Yes Pest, Inc and remove these invaders from your home once and for all.