What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are a type of insect that has a wide distribution all across the United States. These insects have been around forever, and those species that live near us have come to rely on us for some of their food and shelter. Cockroaches have flat, oval-shaped bodies with six legs covered in spines, and two long antennae; some species may have wings.

Listed below are the most common species of cockroaches living in Rhode Island and Massachusetts:

American cockroach
They are the largest property-invading cockroaches in the United States. They prefer to live outside but regularly move indoors while foraging for food.

Brown-banded cockroach
Unlike most cockroaches that have high moisture needs, these cockroaches prefer to live in warm, dry locations.

Brown-hooded cockroach
These cockroaches are also called wood roaches. They prefer to live outside in wooded areas.

German cockroach
These are small, fast-moving cockroaches that scatter when exposed to light or disturbed. They prefer to live indoors and are major pests in homes and restaurants.

Oriental cockroach
These cockroaches are often referred to as water-bugs because they prefer to live in and around moist locations. These shiny, black cockroaches often live in sewers and drains.

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Yes, cockroaches are dangerous pests. They carry disease-causing pathogens, viruses, bacteria, and parasites on their bodies and legs that make people sick, and their excrement and shed skins trigger allergies and asthma attacks in young children and others. In conjunction with the health risks cockroaches impose, they also damage personal property. Cockroaches are scavengers and feed on a variety of food and non-food items. Additionally, they stain things with their excrement and chew through personal items like clothing, upholstered furniture, and paper items.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

Cockroaches are prolific breeders and live together in large groups. Just a couple of cockroaches hitchhiking their way into your home or finding their way inside while foraging for food can lead to a large-scale infestation. Cockroaches hitchhike into homes inside boxes, grocery bags, used appliances, or furniture. Common entry points for foraging cockroaches include drains, vents, spaces around windows and doors, and cracks in the foundation and exterior walls. 

Where will I find cockroaches?

Outdoor nesting locations for cockroaches include mulch, behind tree bark, in woodpiles, around garbage cans, in compost bins, and sewers and drains. Brown-hooded cockroaches are most likely to be living in wooded areas, nesting, and feeding on decaying logs. Inside structures, cockroaches prefer areas that are damp, dark, and near food sources like kitchens, bathrooms, crawlspaces, and basements. Brown-banded cockroaches are the exception; they prefer warm, dry locations and gravitate to the upper cabinets in a kitchen.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

If you are looking for pest control in the Providence area, turn to the local and experienced pest professionals at Northeast Region Pest Control. We offer home and business owners the benefits of comprehensive pest control, superior customer service, and the peace of mind that comes with our guaranteed services. Our eco-friendly solutions solve current pest problems and keep them from returning. For home and business owners who want to protect their property from cockroaches, contact Northeast Region Pest Control today!

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

In addition to our home pest control and commercial pest control services, use the following tips to prevent cockroaches on your property:

  • Inspect packages, boxes, firewood, or potted plants for cockroaches before bringing them into your home.

  • Store any leftover food, including pet food, in airtight containers, or the refrigerator.

  • Make sure outdoor trash cans and compost bins have locking lids.

  • Keep outdoor eating areas free of food debris.

  • Wash dishes and remove trash daily. 

  • Place mesh covers over vents and drains.

  • Place weather-stripping around all windows and doors.

  • Seal gaps or cracks in the foundation and exterior walls of your home.

  • Fix leaky pipes and fixtures, and use dehumidifiers to reduce humidity levels in your home.

  • Replace white outdoor lightbulbs with yellow or LED lights, which are less attractive to cockroaches and other insects.



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