Category: Cockroaches

What Cockroach Droppings Look Like

What does roach feces look like? Generally speaking, cockroach droppings are dark brown or black pellets. They’re either roundish chunks or oval-shaped, and much of what you find will simply appear as smears and stains on the surfaces that cockroaches have been crawling over. Of course,... more
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What can I do to help minimize or get rid of cockroaches?

Cockroaches thrive where food and water are available to them. Even tiny amounts of crumbs or liquids caught between cracks provide a food source. Important sanitation measures include the following: store food in insect-proof containers such as glass jars or re-seal-able plastic containers, keep... more
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Do cockroaches spread diseases?

Different forms of gastroenteritis (food poisoning, dysentery, diarrhea, etc.) appear to be the principal diseases transmitted by cockroaches. These disease-causing organisms are carried on the legs and bodies of cockroaches, and are deposited on food and utensils as cockroaches... more
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Cockroach Detection

American cockroaches can be detected by examining the premises after dark with a flashlight. They occur in dark, damp, warm places, often near steam pipes, in sewers, grease traps, damp basements, etc. During the day, probing hiding places with a wire will expose... more
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How to prevent a roach infestation

Cockroaches are attracted to moisture, so cutting down on your home's overall moisture levels can help control potential infestations in the future. You'll also want to avoid leaving water out -- dog bowls, half-empty cups, etc. -- and be careful to wipe down any wet surfaces, like your tub or... more
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What can cause a cockroach infestations?

The first step to getting rid of your roach problem is to understand what species of cockroaches you're dealing with. What do the roaches look like? An American cockroach is dark brown and between one and two inches long, while a German cockroach is smaller and usually more of a light brown... more
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Cockroaches In your home

Cockroaches are considered a pest because they can contaminate food and kitchen utensils with their frass (droppings), possibly spreading microbes and causing health problems. Some people may be allergic to cockroaches, or their byproducts, and many people dislike their appearance. Large... more
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Allergies & Asthma

While we tend to associate allergies and asthma with the outdoors, common household pests such as cockroaches, dust mites and rodents are also major triggers, especially in children. Cockroach saliva, droppings and decomposing body parts, for example, contain allergens that can exacerbate the... more
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The Science of Cockroach Legs

Roach legs are slender, spiny and jointed. They come in three pairs, each of which is attached to a segment of the roach’s thorax—the “torso” part of its body. The three pairs of legs serve different purposes and, thus, have different names. Right behind the head are the... more
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How Cockroaches Are Different from Beetles

Most beetles have spiny legs, just like cockroaches. But beetles’ legs tend to be shorter than cockroach legs. On the ground, beetles are the occasional household pest, you’ll notice that its mouth has pincers. You won’t find these on a cockroach. You can also look at the wings (if it has... more
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