The Ultimate Cockroach Control Guide For Kittitas County Homeowners

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Cockroaches are the pest no one ever wants to admit to having, but they are much more common than you think. Cockroaches will enter any home they can to find food, water, or shelter, and if your home provides what they need, roaches will not leave on their own. If you suspect a cockroach infestation in your house, we are here to help.

This guide will explain everything you need to know about roach pest control in Kittitas County, including how to identify the different species in this area and the health issues they can cause. We’ll also provide helpful tips to prevent these insects in the future. Please keep reading to learn more about roaches and the best way to eliminate them with Prosite.

How To Identify Common Types Of Cockroaches

Identifying the roach species in your home can provide insight into how they get inside and help determine what attracts them. Here are descriptions of the most common cockroach species in Kittitas County that infest homes:

  • American cockroaches: Reddish-brown with a yellow figure-eight pattern on the back of the head, long antennae, and between 1 1/4 and 2 1/8 inches long
  • Brown-banded cockroaches: Brown with two lighter brown bands across the body, long antennae, and about 1/2 inch long
  • German cockroaches: Light brown to tan with two darker stripes behind the head, between 1/2 and 5/8 inches long
  • Oriental cockroaches: Shiny black to dark reddish-brown, appear glossy, and are about one inch long

Where you find roaches in your house can also help identify them. American and German cockroaches prefer warm, dark, and moist environments. Brown-banded roaches are more likely to be seen in higher areas near ceilings or inside cabinets, while oriental cockroaches thrive in damp areas.

Cockroaches are nocturnal and try to avoid people, so it can help to watch for signs such as droppings, shed skins, or a musty smell in the house. Prosite offers roach control near you to eliminate your infestation. Contact us today for more information about our cockroach control services.

Cockroaches Trigger Allergies And Spread Disease

Perhaps the worst characteristic of cockroaches is where they live before they enter your house. Cockroaches spend their time in garbage dumps, sewers, and near decaying animals and feces. Their bodies and spiny legs pick up dangerous pathogens like salmonella, typhoid fever, E. coli, and cholera that can transfer to your food and food prep surfaces when they enter the house.

Cockroach droppings, saliva, and urine can also trigger allergies and asthma attacks, especially in young children and older adults. If you suspect roaches in your home, the sooner you take action, the less likely health problems will occur. Contact Prosite today for assistance eliminating cockroaches and protecting your family from their dangers.

Five Simple Yet Effective Cockroach Prevention Tips

After we eliminate your cockroach infestation, it is time to learn how to keep cockroaches out of your house in the future. Here are five practical tips to prevent cockroaches:

  1. Seal any cracks or crevices on your home’s exterior that may allow cockroaches inside, repair screens with tears and install weather stripping.
  2. Install mesh screens over drains and vents to prevent roaches from entering the house via sewers and pipes.
  3. While a dirty home doesn’t necessarily cause a roach problem, keeping the house clean and tidy will make it less attractive to them.
  4. Repair any moisture issues like leaking pipes or faucets, and ensure humid areas like basements and crawl spaces have ventilation or use a dehumidifier.
  5. Don’t leave any food sitting out, and clean up your pet’s feeding area as soon as they eat.

These simple steps will make your home less likely to attract roaches and prevent them from finding a way inside. The pros at Prosite can also help determine what areas of your home need attention. Contact us today to schedule an appointment or to learn more about our pest control services.

Professional Cockroach Control Is The Best Solution

Over-the-counter roach control products are usually not enough to eliminate these persistent pests. If you have tried to get rid of roaches, and they keep returning, it is time to call in the pros. 

Prosite can help you eradicate roaches from your home and keep them from returning. Contact us today to learn more about our cockroach control services or to schedule your consultation and get back to having the pest-free home you deserve.