Cockroaches are filthy, unhygienic creatures that will walk over every surface of your home. If you see even one cockroach in your home, you should call an Overland Park pest control specialist as soon as possible. At Mantis Pest Solutions, we know how to stop roach infestations in their tracks. Here is a look at everything you need to know about getting rid of roaches in your home.

One Cockroach Usually Means Many More

American, oriental, and German cockroaches are the most common species in Kansas. These cockroaches can range from about 5/8 to 1 1/2 inches long. Their small size allows them to squeeze between narrow gaps and cracks in your home.

Roaches have a high reproductive rate. They lay an egg sac, called an ootheca, that can hold up to 30 roach eggs. The female roach will usually lay one ootheca a month for about ten months straight; this means that if you have only a couple of cockroaches in your home, it is only a matter of time before it turns into a severe infestation.

These invasive insects don’t like to be around people. They will go to great lengths to stay out of sight. Most of the time, cockroaches will build their nest inside walls. Whenever a roach does leave the nest to find food, it will take the food back to its nest so the other cockroaches can remain hidden. 

Roaches In Your Home Can Be Very Hazardous To Your Health

Roaches in Kansas are filthy insects that spend their days crawling over some of the most unsanitary surfaces. Throughout their lives, roaches can pick up a variety of different bacteria and diseases. Some of the illnesses that you can catch from a cockroach infestation in your home include:

  • Leprosy
  • Salmonellosis
  • Cholera
  • Typhoid Fever
  • Dysentery
  • Listeriosis
  • Campylobacteriosis

People usually fall ill from these diseases through indirect contact. The most common way a roach will transmit diseases and viruses is by leaving its urine and droppings throughout your home.

Remove Factors That Attract Roaches To Your Home

Roaches will come into your home if they feel there are viable food and water sources inside. Some of the things that you can do to prevent roaches from coming indoors include the following:

  • Keep lids on your outdoor trash cans and compost containers.
  • Keep food all food in a sealable container.
  • Keep your home clean and tidy and free of any clutter.
  • Seal up any gaps or cracks around your home.

You should also fix any pipe or faucet leaks around your home and wipe your countertops and sinks after use. A cockroach can use one water droplet as a valuable water supply.

The Best Way To Get Rid Of Roaches Safely And For Good

Getting rid of roaches once they have invaded your house can be exceptionally challenging. If you see any roaches around your Overland Park property, call us as soon as possible. At Mantis Pest Management, we know the proper steps to take to eliminate cockroaches from your home completely.