Cockroach Identification & Prevention

Cockroaches are pests that can find their way into any of our Salt Lake City, Utah, homes; learn about their behaviors and how to control them here.

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Frequently Asked Questions About Cockroaches

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What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are scavengers and are a big problem for Utah home and business owners. Cockroaches are insects, and most species of roaches have wings, but very few fly. Instead, cockroaches move their flat, oval-shaped bodies from place to place by running or hitchhiking inside things like boxes, appliances, and furniture.

Two of the most prevalent and problematic types of cockroaches found in homes and businesses are the German and oriental cockroaches. Over time, these roaches have adapted to living indoors with us. We identify German cockroaches by their small size and bodies that are tannish with two dark parallel lines behind their heads. Oriental cockroaches have a more beetle-like appearance than other roaches and are shiny black. They also don’t move as quickly as other cockroaches. Reach out to us today for pest control services in Salt Lake City.

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Having German, oriental, or any other cockroaches in your home is harmful. They produce an unpleasant musty smell, leave behind piles of excrement, and contaminate food. They cause serious health concerns with their unmatched ability to spread salmonellosis, E. coli infections, and gastroenteritis, as well as being a trigger for asthma attacks and allergy symptoms.

Cockroaches are also destructive. They stain surfaces with excrement and chew holes in boxes, curtains, clothes, upholstered furniture, wallpaper, and books. These insects are prolific breeders and invade in large numbers. It is essential to understand that if you find one cockroach in your apartment or home, there are always more hiding that you aren't seeing.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

Cockroaches move into structures by hitchhiking or on their own, where they make themselves at home, crawling over its surfaces, introducing health risks, and contaminating food.

The cockroach’s longevity has come from their ability to adapt, making themselves at home almost anywhere, including with people. Because cockroaches are scavengers, they are most problematic in structures where food is prepared or stored, like houses, apartments, schools, dormitories, restaurants, grocery stores, and pet stores.

Where will I find cockroaches?

A stigma associated with cockroaches is that they only become a problem in unkempt homes. However, that couldn’t be further from the truth. Any Salt Lake City home can experience a cockroach infestation. These pests will take advantage of the food stored in our kitchens and pantries and the dark, humid areas of shelter that our houses offer. Places inside homes where cockroaches like to hide include:

  • Loose wallpaper and backsplashes
  • Cracks in walls and wooden furniture
  • Electrical outlets and electronics
  • Storage boxes
  • Under piles of clutter
  • Vents, crawl spaces, and wall voids

German cockroaches have adapted primarily to living indoors with people. Oriental cockroaches live successfully both outside and inside structures. They have very high moisture needs, and outdoors like to hang out around sewers, drains, and the damp soil under mulch, leaves, and landscaping ties.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

The easiest way to eliminate cockroaches from your home as quickly as possible is to partner with a knowledgeable and local professional. At Uinta Pest Solutions, our cockroach solution includes a thorough inspection, treatment, and a 30-day warranty. To maintain a home that is free of cockroaches and other unwanted pests, it is essential to implement an ongoing pest protection program. Learn more about cockroach control in Salt Lake City and the year-round home pest control and commercial pest control solutions we offer by reaching out now!

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

The following tips will help you make the changes around your home necessary to keep dangerous cockroaches out. The biggest thing you can do to prevent problems with cockroaches is to maintain a clean kitchen. Any amount of crumbs or food debris will cause cockroaches to think they are welcome. Wash dirty dishes each day, pick up pet food every evening, vacuum daily, and put away leftover food in the fridge. Always inspect furniture, boxes, or appliances that are coming into your home for cockroaches. Regularly check your home’s exterior, repairing any cracks or openings you find to help keep wandering roaches out.

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