Frequently Asked Questions About Cockroaches

What are cockroaches?

There are many types of cockroaches around the Greater Chicago area, ranging from about 1/2 an inch to a little over 2 inches long. They also vary in color and ability to fly, with some species adept at flying and others incapable of flying.

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Cockroaches are easily one of the most dangerous pests that regularly infest homes because of the many diseases they are known to spread. The diseases spread by cockroaches include giardia, dysentery, cholera, listeriosis, leprosy, and gastroenteritis. 

They are also responsible for causing contamination and irritating allergies and asthma when they infest. 

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

Cockroaches are scavengers and eat just about anything, so people often unintentionally provide them with a surplus of food to choose from. Food sources that could invite cockroaches to your property include pet food, pet waste, food debris from cooking, uncovered garbage cans, food stored in flimsy packaging, and more.

Cockroaches will also take advantage of certain areas that provide the damp and dark conditions they prefer.

Where will I find cockroaches?

Because cockroaches are nocturnal, hiding during the day and coming out at night to feed, you might not see them right away. Instead, you'll likely see signs such as cockroach droppings, chew marks on food packaging and furniture, smear marks, and shed skins. These signs may occur in kitchens, bathrooms, garages, basements, and other areas of the home that are dark and damp.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

Don't try to get rid of cockroaches on your own. Doing so will only cost more time, money, and effort because cockroaches are among the hardest, if not the hardest, pests to eliminate. Instead, look to experts for effective and reliable home pest control services to remove a cockroach infestation from your house and prevent one from happening again.

At EcoGuard Pest Control, we can perform single, one-time treatments without any commitment for ongoing services. But we also offer three different plan tiers that you can choose from to keep your home pest-free year-round.

Ask us at EcoGuard Pest Control how you can get started with a free inspection to identify the pest problems on your property. Depending on your preference, we may be able to apply treatments the same day as the inspection, or we can wait if you need time to decide the best course of action for your home and family.

Call today for expert cockroach control!

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

You can take several steps to make your residential property less attractive and conducive to cockroaches, which will help prevent infestations. These steps include the following:

  • Remove food sources. Keep garbage cans covered with tight-fitting lids, store food in airtight containers, immediately clean up crumbs and spills, don't leave any food out for wildlife, and clean up pet waste.
  • Remove harborage areas. Keep your yard maintained and your home clutter-free
  • Remove moisture. Keep your yard free of organic debris, repair leaks, use dehumidifiers, and address poor ventilation.
  • Remove entry points. Seal cracks in the foundation, cover drains and vents, replace damaged screens, and fill in any other gaps and holes.

These steps aid in preventing future cockroach infestations, but they won't remove an active problem. Professional services are necessary for many reasons, including the need for specific approaches for different species. 

Contact EcoGuard Pest Control for assistance with controlling the different cockroach species in our area.