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The Trick To Getting Rid Of Cockroaches In Your Portland Home


August 10, 2022

Pest control in Portland wouldn’t be complete without accounting for cockroaches. Roaches are the most common, most stubborn, and most difficult pests to eliminate because they breed so fast and are resistant to most D.I.Y. cockroach pesticides. That means two things: you’ll need to take as many measures to prevent them as possible, and you’ll need to contact professional pest control services if you wind up with an infestation. Remember, it’s very easy for cockroach prevention to fail because roaches are highly motivated to get into your home. 

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How To Tell If You Have A Cockroach Problem

Signs of cockroaches in your home might not be as apparent as you’d expect, especially in the beginning. These nocturnal pests are highly motivated to avoid human contact, so you can rest assured you won’t be seeing live roaches very often unless you have a severe infestation. However, as the infestation grows more extensive, you’ll start noticing other signs, such as:

  • Roach exoskeletons and bodies
  • Roach egg capsules (look like tiny brown pills)
  • Roach droppings (look like tiny coffee grains)
  • A foul, dirty odor
  • Smear marks from roaches crawling through water

If you start seeing any of these signs, it’s a good bet you have a cockroach problem. That goes double if you begin seeing live roaches. Remember, roaches breed so fast that if you see one, there are up to forty or fifty you’re not seeing.

The Health Risks Of Roaches In Your Home

Having cockroaches in your home isn’t just an inconvenience. These dangerous pests hang out in nasty places, like garbage dumps, sewers, and even rotting corpses. That means they’re full of all kinds of hazardous pathogens that come from these filthy places. When they crawl into your home, they drag their germs with them. 

Roaches also aren’t shy about leaving their droppings all over your food stores and food prep surfaces. So between their crawling around with germs and leaving germy droppings all over the place, these nasty bugs spread all kinds of diseases, like:

  • Cholera
  • Dysentery
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Giardia
  • Listeriosis
  • Salmonellosis

You’ll need to be vigilant in your pest control measures. 

Why D.I.Y. Cockroach Control Often Fails

Amateur cockroach control measures often don’t work because of two primary factors: cockroaches’ breeding speed and their legendary resilience. Roaches sexually mature fast – sometimes in as little as three to four weeks – and they can lay up to several hundred eggs in their lifetimes. So however many cockroaches you kill, there’s a good chance they’ve already replaced themselves many times over. 

Not that D.I.Y. cockroach control products are that good at killing roaches anyway. Cockroaches are famous for surviving just about anything, from nuclear fallout to losing their heads. This resilience means that foggers and sprays are unlikely to kill all that many roaches, to begin with. They’re just too resistant to the kinds of chemicals you can find in a store. Even more deadly measures like baits and sticky traps often fail because there are too many roaches to be effective. That’s why you’ll need better solutions. 

Contact The Pros At The First Sign Of Roaches In Your Home

Here at Kanga Pest Control, we know how to get rid of cockroaches better. We won’t just temporarily reduce the number of roaches in your home. We can eliminate them and make sure they stay gone for good. So call us or visit our contact page to get started with your home or commercial pest inspection today!

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