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Cockroaches hunt at night, foraging for food. Because they eat a wide variety of food as well as non-food material, this allows them to live in clean homes.

So, while it is socially embarrassing to have cockroaches, it’s not uncommon.

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Before you can even think about killing cockroaches, you have to know what species of cockroach you’re dealing with. Without that vital piece of identification, any cockroach poison you use will be wasted.

These determined creatures will:


  • Crawl through cracks, crevices, and holes to find shelter in these areas
  • Move from apartment to apartment
  • Move through shared wall openings
  • Hitch a ride on bags and other containers

With over 3500 species worldwide,

69 of those roach species are found here in the US. The most common types of roaches are:

3. Foul Odor. A very large number of roaches give off an oily, musky odor, another sign of infestation.

4. Dead Roaches. If you have a roach infestation, you’ll see dead roaches during the day.

5. Roaches in the Daytime. This is the surest sign you have a serious roach infestation. Roaches are nocturnal. If you’re seeing them during the day, their numbers are so large that some of them get pushed out of nests.

1. You’ll see cockroach fecal droppings. The more you see, the worse the infestation. Areas with a concentrated amount of feces are high traffic roach areas. For example, if you see a lot of roach feces in your kitchen, then this is a clear indicator of a highly targeted roach area.

2. Roach Egg Casings. Cockroach egg casings, called oothecae, hold multiple unhatched eggs. If you find casings left behind or unhatched eggs, you have a roach infestation.

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Other ways to be your own roach exterminator include:

  • Glue strips
  • Gel bait
  • Roach hotels


 

Food Poisoning. Roaches provide a home for Salmonella, which causes food poisoning and can cause typhoid.

Allergies. Did you know that cockroaches can cause allergies? It’s true. Their body parts and their saliva contain hundreds of allergens, which can trigger skin rashes, watery eyes, and sneezing.

Asthma. If you have asthma, roaches are a nightmare! Cockroach allergens can create severe health complications, but they can also be life-threatening.

Contamination of Food. When foraging for food, roaches defecate on the item, contaminating it with their cockroach droppings. They also don’t mind depositing their trash on your food. Cockroaches will hide behind empty eggshells, dead skin, and hair.

Disease-Causing Bacteria. When roaches are feeding, they regurgitate their saliva mixed with digestive fluids onto your food, contaminating it with bacteria that cause such diseases as urinary tract infection, sepsis, and digestive disturbances.

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If you want to try to get rid of cockroaches without an exterminator, you can try these natural roach killers:

  • Create a baking soda paste. Apply it where you’ve seen roaches
  • Make a boric acid roach bait
  • Use painter’s caulk to fill in cracks and holes
  • Place catnip near roach point entries. Roaches hate catnip
  • Mix diatomaceous earth with cocoa powder

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Is it any wonder people freak when they see a cockroach in their house?


Roaches are associated with dirt and filth, and they’re very hard to get rid of. The first question a homeowner asks is, “Why do I have cockroaches in my home?”

Roaches are opportunists. No matter how clean your home is, if they find an opportunity, they will grab it.

What Type of Cockroach Infestation Do You Have?

It’s true. Roaches can survive for weeks without a head. That’s because they breathe through holes in their bodies. Eventually, however, they do die from starvation. But that’s not the grossest aspect of roaches.

While cockroaches don’t actually cause disease, they are carriers.
Roaches carry millions of bacteria and infectious agents that can lead to food poisoning and even diarrhea.

Worse, cockroaches often hide in plain sight like behind your refrigerator, under sinks, in cabinets or dark drawers.



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When you’ve tried everything but your roach control efforts are either mixed or not working, it’s time to call Augusta Exterminating.

As a professional roach exterminator, we successfully eliminate roaches all the time. We only use pest control for cockroaches that are safe for both pets and children, yet is highly effective.



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