Why Roaches Invade Yakima County Homes And How To Keep Them Out

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Summer has faded into our distant memories, fall is almost halfway over, and winter is on the horizon. As the cold weather comes to the Yakima County area, people are starting to bundle up, the wood-burning stoves are roaring, and we are staying indoors sipping on hot cocoa. People are not the only ones seeking warmth and shelter from the elements, the cockroaches are coming inside from the cold too!

If a cockroach has surprised you by running out from under the couch or you've been scared by a roach scurrying across the bathroom floor in the middle of the night, you need the Yakima County pest control team from Prosite. Our science-driven, service-obsessed company has been eliminating pests in Yakima for years; we will stop cockroaches from wintering in your home. 

Clear Signs Of A Cockroach Infestation In Your Home

Because cockroaches are active at night, a daytime sighting is rare, but that doesn't mean they don't leave behind clues. These are indications of cockroaches in your Yakima County home: 

  • Cockroach eggs in your home: Female cockroaches produce dark, hardened capsules known as oothecae. The roaches glue these pill-shaped units containing up to 30 eggs in cracks and crevices near food sources beneath and behind kitchen appliances and in dark, damp areas of the basement. 
  • Cockroach droppings in your home: The fecal matter of cockroaches is in dimly lit areas, and they resemble coffee grounds.
  • Cockroach odor: Male cockroaches release a musty-smelling chemical to seduce the females. When there is a cockroach infestation, the putrid aroma becomes noticeable.
  • Cockroach skin: Like other insects, cockroaches have an exoskeleton that they shed to grow. Discarded skins are a sign of cockroaches in the house. 
  • Cockroaches in the house: If you see a live cockroach, there is a high probability that many others are in a nearby nest.

If you see evidence of cockroaches in your Yakima County house, take action and get cockroach pest control from Prosite.

Cockroaches In Your Home Are Hazardous To Your Health

On the body of a cockroach are spines. As they crawl over animal feces, travel down sewer pipes and drains, or walk over rotting garbage, their spines attract bacteria, viruses, and parasitic worms on the surfaces of these gross areas. Then, as they move throughout your house from food sources to their nests, the pathogens fall off and contaminate food preparation and storage surfaces. In addition to shedding infectious organisms, cockroaches pollute countertops, fruit, and food product packages with their feces, urine, and saliva. 

Humans contract diseases like E. coli, salmonella, hepatitis, norovirus, and parasitic worms when they consume food polluted by cockroaches. Furthermore, when the pepper-like fecal matter of the roaches dries and becomes airborne, it can cause allergic reactions in children. 

Factors That Attract Cockroaches Into Your Home

Cockroaches enter Yakima County homes for food, water, and a warm environment. Cockroaches prefer temperatures between 70℉ and 80℉., and American, German, and oriental cockroaches desire humid air; as the outdoor temperature drops, they enter houses where they can find warm, moist air. 

Food is another factor that attracts cockroaches to homes. Open garbage containers, uncovered pet food, exposed foods, and poorly packaged foods entice cockroaches. In addition to these items, cockroaches eat book bindings, glue, and cardboard! If you find a cockroach in your house, it is because they have found food, warmth, and moisture. 

The Fast And Safe Way To Get Rid Of Cockroaches

The best way to get rid of cockroaches is to use our trained technicians from Prosite. We will inspect your Yakima County home to identify the cockroach species infesting your home. Based on our findings, we will develop a strategy targeting the problematic pest's hot spots, egg locations, and entry points into your house. We will eliminate the cockroaches and their future generations and give you a home free from embarrassing situations from cockroaches. Contact us today and schedule a consultation!