In Oklahoma City, roaches can be a problem that many homeowners have to deal with all year long. If these creepy and filthy bugs get into your home, they could end up contaminating your food and other areas of your home with dangerous pathogens.
If you are looking for total roach control solutions, Brandley Pest Control knows just what you need to do. We have a team of specially-trained Oklahoma City pest control specialists that can help you live a roach-free life.
Types Of Roaches That Infest Oklahoma City Homes
There are over 4,000 different types of roaches in the world. Luckily, in Oklahoma City, the community is likely to only counter three different species of roaches. Some of the various roaches that you are most likely to see in this area include:
- Oriental cockroaches: The oriental roach has a shiny black to dark reddish-brown body that is about one-inch long. The male roaches are usually smaller than the female oriental cockroaches. The males also have a pair of wings on their backs that are so small they cannot be used for flying. The females don't have any wings. This type of roach is also referred to as the "water bug" because it likes to live near damp areas.
- American cockroaches: This is usually the largest type of roach that people find inside their homes. Typically, the American cockroach can measure between 1 ¼ and 2 ? inches long. Its body is also wide in the middle, which gives it an oval shape. They are usually reddish-brown, and their most distinctive feature is the yellow marking on top of their heads, shaped like a figure eight. All adult American cockroaches have a pair of wings on their back that allow them to fly, but they usually only glide a few feet at a time.
- German cockroaches: The German cockroach is one of the smallest roaches on this list. Usually, this type of cockroach is only about a half-inch long. Their bodies are typically a light brown color with two dark stripes that run side-by-side down their backs. Like the American cockroach, both the male and female German cockroaches have wings, but they prefer to run rather than fly.
All of the cockroaches that are commonly found in Oklahoma City can infest your home without you realizing it. They don't like to be around humans or pets and will go to great lengths to stay out of sight.
All The Ways Roaches In Your Home Can Make You Sick
Roaches are disgusting bugs. They can be found in sewers, drainage pipes, garbage cans, and other filthy places. While crawling around in these unsanitary places, they can pick up a wide range of bacteria and other harmful pathogens. Some of the various illnesses that people have been known to catch from roaches include:
- Typhoid fever
- E.coli infections
In addition to these dangerous illnesses, some people have severe allergic reactions to roach infestations. Roaches will leave their droppings, urine, saliva, and shed skin around your home, which can trigger allergies as well as asthma attacks in some people as well.
The Issues With Trying To Get Rid Of Roaches On Your Own
Cockroaches are some of the oldest pests in the world. It is estimated that the first cockroach was alive over 200 million years ago. During this time, these clever bugs have learned a thing or two about survival.
One of the things that make roach control so difficult for the average person to achieve is that many roaches have built up a resistance to common pesticides. Some of the products that you can purchase in stores have little effect on roaches. And to cause them harm you would have to use such a large amount that it would be extremely dangerous to you and your family.
Roaches are also great at hiding and will usually nest in some of the most hard-to-reach places, like behind your walls and above your ceilings. If you do not have experience with roach inspections, there could be some highly-active areas that you may overlook.
Call The Pros At The First Sign Of Roaches In Your Home
Roaches will reproduce at an extremely high rate. This means that once a roach can get inside your Oklahoma City home, it won't take long for you to develop a severe roach infestation. Give us a call at the first sign of cockroaches in or around your home. At Brandley Pest Control, we have decades of experience with finding and eliminating Oklahoma City roaches.