Cockroach Identification Guide

What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are oval-shaped, six-legged insects that can become a nightmare to deal with when they get into our homes and businesses. These pests are prolific breeders, invade in large numbers, and are tough to eliminate. Cockroaches are scavengers and, when living outside and away from people, their feeding habits are helpful – getting rid of decaying animal and plant matter.

a closeup of a cockroach on windowsill

Unfortunately, some species have come to live near people. Inside our homes and businesses, cockroaches are unwanted pests, as their feeding habits contaminate and damage food and non-food items. In our area of Georgia, two of the most common species of cockroaches that invade our homes and businesses are the German cockroach and field cockroach.

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Cockroaches are both dangerous and damaging pests. When living with people, they create a variety of serious health concerns:

  • They spread human pathogens, bacteria, and parasites that contaminate food and surfaces.

  • Their excrement and shed skin cause respiratory problems by triggering allergies and asthma attacks.

  • Cockroaches cause people to become ill with salmonellosis, dysentery, gastroenteritis, and more.

Other problems associated with cockroaches include creating an unpleasant odor inside of the structure they have invaded. They will also chew holes through and stain with their excrement things like clothing, walls, upholstery, curtains, and other personal belongings.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

Cockroaches create a year-round problem for people throughout Georgia, as our warm, humid weather allows them to thrive. Cockroaches are most problematic on properties and inside homes and businesses that provide them with easy access to food and water. Things like trash receptacles, recycling bins, pet food, gardens, and outdoor eating areas attract cockroaches. Cockroaches are also drawn to areas of standing water, such as dripping faucets and hoses.

Where will I find cockroaches?

Cockroaches often live outside near the exterior walls of homes and businesses. While they look for food or to escape extremely hot weather, cockroaches find their way into buildings through cracks in the foundation, spaces under doors, or through damaged window screens. Another way cockroaches invade our properties is by hitchhiking their way in inside of boxes, plants, packages, used furniture and appliances, or electronics.

German cockroaches like to live indoors. They will invade any home or business but are extremely common in urban areas. German cockroaches frequently invade homes, restaurants, grocery stores, food storage facilities, schools, and other places where food is prepared and stored.

Field cockroaches are the opposite of German cockroaches, and prefer to live outside. They live under piles of leaves, under mulch, piles of firewood, fallen trees, and decaying plants. Unlike many other species, field roaches are active during the day. They commonly find their way into homes and other buildings after being attracted by outdoor lighting.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

Get rid of cockroaches from your home or business with the help of the professionals at Blitz! Exterminators, LLC. We are a local pest control company dedicated to keeping residential and commercial properties located in Central Georgia free of pests!

Our family is committed to keeping your family and home safe from ants and other pests. We utilize advanced treatments and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) methods to eliminate current pest problems, prevent future pest problems, and provide our customers with peace of mind! If you are ready to eliminate cockroaches and other pests from your Central Georgia property once and for all, call Blitz! Exterminators today.

How can I prevent cockroches in the future?

Make your Georgia property less attractive to cockroaches by partnering with Blitz! Exterminators, and put into place the following prevention tips:

  • Repair ‌leaky‌ ‌pipes‌ ‌and‌ ‌fixtures.‌

  • Remove areas of standing water from your property.

  • Use dehumidifiers and air conditioners to lower humidity levels in your home.

  • Make sure outdoor trash cans and recycling bins have tight-fitting lids.

  • Keep grills and other outdoor areas clean and free of food debris.

  • Store‌ ‌food inside your home ‌in‌ ‌airtight‌ ‌containers or refrigerators.

  • Vacuum your floors regularly.

  • Eliminate‌ any ‌clutter‌‌ ‌where‌ ‌cockroaches‌ could ‌hide‌.

  • Inspect boxes, plants, packages, electronics, and used furniture for cockroaches before bringing them into your home.

  • Seal up cracks in the foundation, repair damaged window and door screens, and install door sweeps.

  • Plash mesh covers over vents and drains that enter into your house.


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