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How Dangerous Is It To Have Cockroaches In My Pennsylvania Home?


February 15, 2021

Pennsylvania homeowners have many things to remember, and that includes pest management. Sometimes that particular obligation hits the bottom of the chore list, but it should be higher up. Insects and creatures can destroy your lawn or the place itself. If the situation intensifies, you may need to be displaced for a while or may even have to relocate. Critters can injure you, damage your personal effects, or cause you and your loved ones to be sick. This is the harm that cockroaches can bring.

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Cockroaches have many subspecies and they have varying risk factors. The common trait is that they all can cause you a doctor or hospital visit due to their bacteria. Preventing them isn’t simple either. They can get indoors easily, and they multiply in a flash. Being formidable, some are nearly immune to retail insecticides. Learn more about these issues and BHB Pest Elimination, who have the professionals on hand to help.  

What Are the Dangers of Pennsylvania Cockroaches?

American and German cockroaches are the most dominant in the area. The reddish brown American type is 3 inches long. German ones are brown or tan, and vary in size from 0.51 to 0.62 of an inch. They have black stripes in the back of their heads that are horizontal. Known for being eager runners, they rarely use their wings. The young are completely black and are wingless, but they also have bands around the head. Typically, cockroaches are busy at night. That said, spotting one in broad daylight suggests an infestation. Additional key signs are:

  • Eggs: Cockroach eggs range in size, and can reach 1 inch. Color-wise, they might be red, brown, tan, or black. They tend to be in bathrooms, kitchens, and basements. 
  • Droppings: American fecal particles have ridges and rounded tips while the German fecal particles are grainy and could be mistaken for pepper. Look in drawers and floor corners for traces. Also, check surfaces and door frames. 
  • Odors: Cockroaches release secretions and communicate with chemicals. These substances have a musty smell. When emitted near food, it will change the flavor and scent.

As previously mentioned, being surrounded by cockroaches can result in a hospital visit. These insects have bacteria all over their bodies. It’s in the urine, feces, and saliva they emit.  As if they don’t crawl around with enough microbes, they collect more when they gather in disgusting spaces. They have spines on their legs that grip onto filth in garbage piles, sewer systems, gutters, sidewalks, and more. These organisms can then be found on your food preparation surfaces and with contamination, humans can contract pathogens, viruses, gastroenteritis, and salmonella. That’s just to name a few things. It can be even worse for those who have asthma or allergies. On top of this, American cockroaches can ruin fabrics and paper. Call the experts at BHB Pest Elimination for treatment and prevention plans to keep you safe and healthy.

How Can One Prevent Pennsylvania Cockroaches?

To thwart cockroach intrusions, you should institute the following measures:

  • Patch up cracks in foundations, windows, doors, and utilities
  • Have dysfunctional fixtures and leaks repaired 
  • Get sweeps for all exterior doors
  • Cut your grass and greenery on a regular basis 
  • Sit plants and flowers two feet away from the property
  • Store food and garbage in containers with form-fitting lids 
  • Routinely remove trash
  • Wash your kitchen dishes and countertops, and vacuum often

What Can BHB Pest Elimination Do About Pennsylvania Cockroaches?

The technicians at BHB Pest Elimination are highly trained. They are masterful and efficient with locating cockroaches, and their nests and entry points. Some of our advanced solutions consist of bait stations, liquids, gels, dusts, and granular treatments. Monitoring systems are also available. All of our products are safe for pets and humans alike. Follow-up visits and specialty services are in tow. Call us today for a free inspection!

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