What Every Costa Mesa Property Owner Needs To Know About The Dangers Of Cockroaches

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Many cockroaches run fast, fly, and dash out when the lights are turned on. For these reasons and many more, people all over the world loathe these bugs. It just makes it worse that they reproduce and multiply very quickly. As their volume grows, so does the threat of harmful germs. Homeowners in Costa Mesa should, of course, be concerned about the well-being of themselves, loved ones, and pets. Local business owners would be worried about the same for their customers and employees. Also, they’d be stressed about the potential for complaints, failing sanitation tests, and losing their establishment.

Residents need to understand the exact dangers of cockroaches, so they can prepare for prevention properly. With a little bit of reading, you’ll learn the essential facts and get information on Smart Pest Control’s Costa Mesa cockroach control services.

What Are The Risks With Common Costa Mesa Cockroaches?

American, German, Oriental, and Brown-banded cockroaches are prevalent throughout California. No matter the species, these critters are capable of tainting food and surfaces. When they tunnel through garbage, sewers, piping, and other masses of filth, the spines on their legs pull up extra microbes. Then, they transmit harmful bacteria to any surface they touch. Their urine and feces are also toxic. Consequently, they can trigger or transmit the following:

  • Salmonella

  • E. Coli

  • Other pathogens

  • Viruses

  • Gastroenteritis

  • Diarrhea

  • Fever

  • Nausea 

  • Asthmatic episodes

  • Allergic reactions

Not only can cockroaches spread disease, but some sub-types can also ruin property too. American roaches, for example, can damage fabrics and paper materials. The reddish-brown bugs are about three inches long. The German insects have stripes across their tan or light brown heads, while the young are all black. Size-wise, they vary from 1/2 to ? of an inch long. Black or reddish-brown, the Oriental cockroach is a smaller roach species growing to a little less than 1/2 inch. As their name denotes, the brown-banded critters are brown or tan with visible bands along their bodies.

Three major infestation signs are:

1. Finding droppings: Cockroaches tend to leave their feces on surfaces and in drawers. Be sure to check around floor corners, door frames, and ceiling fixtures. American turds are ridged and rounded at the end. German pellets are pepper-like. Brown-banded specks are brown or black and cause staining.

2. Seeing eggs: You’re liable to find eggs in bathrooms, basements, and kitchens. They range in size from 13/64 to one inch long and come in red, tan, brown, or black.

3. Detecting odors: Cockroaches generate musty smells with the communication chemicals they release. The substance alters the flavor and taste of food they inhabit.

How Can I Prevent Cockroaches From Getting Into My Costa Mesa Home?

Though a cockroach problem may be inevitable despite your best efforts, there are some precautions you can take to keep them out of your Costa Mesa home and off of your property.

  • Close cracks around foundations, utilities, doors, and windows. These pests can pass through any size hole.

  • Put sweeps on all exterior doors.

  • Starve roaches of their water source by fixing leaks, plumbing, and moisture issues.

  • Take out the trash and wash dishes routinely.

  • Use containers with tight lids for food and garbage.

  • Don’t stall to clean food messes.

  • Trim greenery and keep it distanced.

  • Reduce the humidity within the home by installing dehumidifiers in areas that accumulate excess moisture.

  • Examine second-hand items, bags, and plants before they come indoors.

What Can Smart Pest Control Do About Cockroaches?

Our technicians at Smart Pest Control have the skills to locate cockroach nests and entryways. We have advanced home pest solutions and equipment to treat affected areas and keep unwanted pests from returning in the future. All products are safe for humans and pets, so you don't have to worry about harmful chemicals in and around your home. Reach out to us today to discuss our affordable, effective home pest control options. We’ll have your back. Don’t hesitate to call us today!

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