Are You Prepared For American Cockroaches This Summer?

Cockroach on a wall.

The population of cockroaches throughout the Illinois and Iowa area is about to increase exponentially as the temperatures rise during the summer months. All home and business owners will want to be very prepared for these nasty pests before they cause unhealthy conditions in your home or business.

American cockroaches are one of the most common roaches in Illinois and Iowa. They are larger roaches, about 1 ½” in length, and range from dark-red to brown in color, with a lighter color around the edges. They typically have a pale yellow figure-8 shape on the back of their head. Adult American cockroaches have wings but seldom use them.

These roaches prefer living outdoors where conditions are ideally warm, dark, and damp, like in filthy sewers or underneath decomposing organic materials. The problem with these pests is when they get inside our homes, businesses, and other structures. Once inside, they can usually be found in basements, laundry rooms, bathrooms, and kitchens, where they can find an endless supply of water and food sources.

When American cockroaches live outdoors in their natural habitat, they eat leaves, fungus, wood, algae, and other insects. However, when they live indoors, they will eat just about anything that they can find inside sinks and cabinets, as well as on the floor and behind electrical appliances. They can spread viruses, bacteria, and pathogens that can cause a variety of gastroenteritis like diarrhea, food poisoning, and dysentery.

To prepare yourself for the threat of cockroaches and the diseases that they can cause this summer, you should enlist the expert help of a professional pest control service like Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators in Illinois and Iowa. In the meantime, here are a few helpful cockroach prevention tips to help get you started:

  • Seal off all entry points to stop cockroaches from getting inside
  • Take out your trash regularly to keep cockroaches away
  • Wash dirty dishes right away to prevent luring roaches into your kitchen
  • Clean up food and drink spills immediately to avoid a roach invasion
  • Store foods in tightly sealed containers so that it won’t get contaminated
  • Fix leaky pipes and fixtures so that roaches will not be drawn to them

If you own a home or business you can count on the professionals at Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators in Moline and the Quad-Cities to take care of your pest problems! We offer effective cockroach elimination and control and have the proper training, skills, and equipment to resolve cockroach infestations, big or small. Contact us at Quik-Kill Pest Eliminators for more information.

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