Why Are There Cockroaches In My Costa Mesa Home?

10/15/2020


a cockroach crawling on steel wool

Everyone gets dirty! Maybe you have a job that deals with mud, grime, or oil, or perhaps you like spending long periods in the woods where a shower is the last thing on your mind. Some people will even go out of their way to get dirty by running muddy marathons. If you didn’t know, cockroaches like getting dirty too, they even clean themselves afterward as we do. The only difference is that they pick up and carry dangerous diseases from the places they like to get dirty. If you have seen cockroaches around your Costa Mesa home, let us help you find out why they are there and provide you with the simple solution to get them out.

Common Cockroaches In Costa Mesa

There are five species of cockroach native to California: German cockroaches, brown-banded cockroaches, Oriental cockroaches, American cockroaches, and Turkestan cockroaches. Although different in size and color, all roaches are identifiable by a few key things. For one, all cockroaches are flat and oval-shaped. They use this quality to squeeze into tight spaces where they feel safe and secure. In addition to being compact, cockroaches also have a pair of long antennae. They use these antennae to tell humidity, sense temperature, and see the environment around them.

Inside homes, cockroaches are most likely to hang out around secluded humid areas. Basements, crawlspaces, kitchens, laundry rooms, and bathrooms are all common places you might find one of these invasive pests. Outside, cockroaches will spend the majority of their time where it is shaded and humid, such as beneath woodpiles, inside hollow trees, and within mulch.

Why Cockroaches Enter Into Homes

Cockroaches will enter into a home for one of three reasons. Either they are hungry and looking for something to eat, are in danger and looking for a place to find shelter, or wandering and they just don’t mean to come inside at all. Most commonly, cockroaches are pushed into homes by either inclement weather or the chill of fall and winter. Once indoors, they will look for food, water, and places to hide. If they find everything they are looking for, they will stick around.

The Dangers Of Roaches

Although cockroaches themselves are incredibly clean on the outside, their insides are usually filled with bacteria, parasites, and pathogens. They pick up these dangerous sickness vectors from the trash, sewage, and other filthy things they eat. Common diseases these pests spread include salmonellosis, typhoid fever, gastroenteritis, dysentery, cholera, and leprosy. That’s right, leprosy. When cleaning up after cockroaches, be sure to use protective gear as most of the illnesses they carry spread through their fecal matter and urine. If spreading disease wasn’t enough, cockroaches also trigger asthma attacks with their shed skin, fecal matter, and urine. As cockroach infestations grow, these problems often become more severe.

How To Get Rid Of Cockroaches

Cockroaches are among the most challenging pests to remove from homes. Not only are they fast and agile, but they are also capable of withstanding upwards of 900 times their body weight in pressure. Combine this with their ability to avoid danger, and you have a pest that is extremely difficult to control.

The only sure way to handle a cockroach infestation is with professional help. To have your home treated for cockroaches, get the experts here at Smart Pest Control involved. Our team has everything your home needs to rid itself of annoying and dangerous roaches. Don’t waste your money and time trying to handle these pests on your own, let us take care of your problem today. Give us a call now to find out more about our cockroach control options or to schedule an inspection of your Costa Mesa home.




 

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