The Complete Guide To Effective Cockroach Control For Oahu Homes
January 30, 2023
Cockroaches are one of the most common pests in the world, infesting a wide range of environments around the globe, although they usually thrive in conditions greater than 70°F (21°C) with easy access to both food and water.
Cockroaches have negative effects on health, carrying allergens and pathogens that may lead to serious, life-threatening diseases, contaminating food wherever they crawl, and nesting in dark places such as cabinets and breeding until the infestation becomes unmanageable.
They may also damage your home by gnawing on rugs, upholstery, and other fabrics, and by damaging papers, books, and wallpaper. Their feces can permanently stain upholstered furniture, walls, and carpets. Additionally, with a large cockroach infestation, an unpleasant, musty odor may develop.
These threats to your home and family may have you looking for an Oahu pest control company like Pest Tech Hawaii. We can help free you from your cockroach infestation.
Types Of Cockroaches Commonly Found In Oahu
There are two types of cockroaches in Hawaii that residents need to be concerned with. These are the German cockroach and the American cockroach.
The German cockroach prefers humid, warm environments and can be found in humid, damp areas such as bathrooms or basements, but are usually found in areas where people eat, such as kitchens. The German cockroach is the most common species of cockroach worldwide. This roach is light brown to tan with two dark brown stripes on their backs. They’re oval-shaped with six legs and two antennae. They do have wings, but they rarely fly, preferring to run instead.
The American cockroach is active when the temperature is 70°F (21°C) or higher but can survive at lower temperatures under the right conditions. This pest is found most often in basements and sewers, specifically around drains and pipes. They will also congregate in bathrooms, kitchens, and laundry rooms in search of food and water. This cockroach is a reddish-brown with a yellowish figure-eight pattern on the back of its head. This cockroach is the largest of the house-infesting roaches.
Why Cockroach Infestations Are So Dangerous
A cockroach infestation in Oahu can be a danger, having many harmful effects on human health because of allergens found in cockroach feces, saliva, and body parts which may trigger allergic reactions or asthma symptoms, especially in children or those with compromised immune systems.
Additionally, cockroaches passively transport microbes on the surfaces of their bodies which may include pathogens possibly dangerous to humans that have been implicated in the spread of 33 kinds of bacteria, six parasitic worms, and more than seven other types of pathogens. They can also carry E. coli and salmonella, which are both causes of food poisoning. Symptoms of food poisoning may include stomach pain, severe stomach cramps, diarrhea that may be bloody, nausea, and vomiting. In rare cases, these bacteria can spread to the blood and cause life-threatening infections.
Why It's So Hard To Get Rid Of Roaches And Keep Them Away
Knowing what attracts cockroaches to your home will help in knowing how to prevent cockroaches from infesting your property. Pests are attracted by food, water, and shelter, or are introduced to a structure by “hitchhiking” in bags, boxes, furniture, or appliances, moving into the places they’re carried into.
Here are a few tips to help prevent cockroaches from invading your home:
- Inspect deliveries, boxes, and bags before bringing them inside your home.
- Wipe down counters and put food items into the refrigerator or into air-tight containers. Put pet food into air-tight containers.
- Check your foundation and the exterior of your home and repair any cracks or damage.
- Fix any leaking pipes or fixtures and keep basements dry with dehumidifiers.
- Put trash into sealed trash bags and into containers with lids and place outside your home. Always rinse recycling and remove it from your home.
If you are still dealing with a cockroach infestation and need help, it’s time to talk to the professionals at Pest Tech Hawaii. Call to learn more about our Oahu cockroach control solutions and how we can help eliminate the problem.
Professional Cockroach Control Is The Best Solution
If you find cockroaches in your Oahu home, effective roach control can be achieved with the help of our experienced, dedicated team of technicians at Pest Tech Hawaii. We will work with you to customize pest control service plans to meet your needs. If you’re looking for affordable, reliable home pest control solutions, contact us today for your free quote.