There are around 70 cockroach species in North America, and several of them are recognized as pests. In Covington, cockroaches especially are troublesome pests. They reproduce quickly, and a female roach can lay hundreds of eggs in her lifetime. They can also attract more roaches by releasing airborne pheromones and leaving chemical trails in their droppings.
How Roaches Get into Homes
Roaches are attracted to warm, moist places with plenty of food sources. Dirty dishes and food scraps may increase the likelihood of an infestation, but roaches can invade even the cleanest of homes. Even large adult roaches can squeeze into buildings through spaces as thin as one-sixteenth of an inch. Roaches can also be brought inside by accident when they burrow into items such as grocery bags and luggage.
Health Risks Associated with Roach Infestations
While many people think of roaches as nothing more than an unsightly nuisance, these insects can actually cause a number of health problems. The bodies and droppings of roaches produce proteins that can trigger allergic reactions and increase the severity of asthma attacks. Roaches are also known to collect and spread viruses, parasitic worms and bacteria such as salmonella. In addition to spreading these contaminants to surfaces throughout the home, roaches can cause food poisoning when they infest pantries and cupboards.
JA-ROY Roach Control
If your home is infested with cockroaches, contact JA-ROY Pest Control for a free roach control quote. We have been exterminating roaches and other common pests in St. Tammany, Washington, Covington and Tangipahoa parishes for more than 38 years. Once our highly trained, state-registered technicians have rooted out the roaches and their young, you can get back to enjoying a bug-free home.