What are cockroaches?

Cockroaches are some of the most common insects that invade both residential and commercial properties. They live worldwide, are highly adaptable, and are scavengers that feed on a wide variety of food and non-food items. Cockroaches have flattened, oval-shaped bodies and six legs that are covered in spines. Most species of roaches are winged, but not all can fly. They have long antennae that are about the length of their bodies.

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Cockroaches have a three-stage life cycle: egg, nymph, and adult. Cockroach nymphs look similar to adults, but they are smaller in size and are wingless. One of the most common species that both home and business owners come into contact with in Hattiesburg, Mississippi is the German cockroach. German cockroaches are tan to light brown in color with two distinct black stripes running horizontally down behind their head. They are a small species of cockroach.

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Cockroaches are dangerous pests and proactive steps should be taken to keep these invasive pests out of homes and businesses. Cockroaches pose a number of health risks to people. Before finding their way into your home, they were more than likely traveling through some unsanitary environments, including dumpsters, garbage dumps, sewers, drains, carrion, and excrement. They carry on their legs and bodies viruses, bacteria, parasites, and human pathogens that can cause diarrhea, dysentery, and salmonella poisoning. In addition, cockroaches' shed skins and feces can cause allergic reactions and skin rashes. They may also trigger asthma attacks in people, especially children. They can easily contaminate food sources and food preparation areas.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

Cockroaches can become a problem in any home or business, but they are especially attracted to properties with easy access to food, water, and shelter. Leaky pipes and fixtures, open trash containers, compost piles, pet food, crumbs and spills, and food stored out in the open make homes and businesses attractive to cockroaches, and allow them to thrive. Cockroaches find their way inside on their own through openings in a structure’s exterior. They may also be accidentally introduced inside structures in deliveries, packages, potted plants, or on the bottom of people’s shoes.

Where will I find cockroaches?

Cockroaches usually prefer to live and feed in dark, damp environments. Outside, cockroaches nest in flower beds, underneath mulch, inside sewer systems, underneath rocks, in potted plants, behind tree bark, and in piles of firewood. German cockroaches prefer to live indoors and can be found inhabiting both homes and businesses, specifically restaurants. They like to nest in warm, humid, dark, secluded places located near food sources. Common indoor nesting sites for German cockroaches and many other species of cockroaches include behind appliances, underneath kitchen sinks, in bathrooms, in laundry rooms, and in pantry areas.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

To completely eliminate cockroaches from your home or business and prevent a re-infestation, partner with an experienced professional. At Holifield Pest Management, our certified and licensed professionals can provide the comprehensive services needed to find and eliminate all the cockroaches living in your home or business and prevent their return. For all of your residential or commercial pest control needs, call the full-service pest control experts at Holifield Pest Management. We serve Laurel and Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and surrounding areas. To learn more about our cockroach control services or to receive a free estimate, reach out to us!

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

Listed below are some preventative steps that you can take to help keep cockroaches from taking over your Forrest County, Mississippi home or commercial building:

  • Make sure weather stripping is placed around windows and doors.

  • Seal all spaces and openings in your home's foundation.

  • Place mesh covers over vents that lead into your structure.

  • Repair leaky pipes and fixtures.

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

  • Use dehumidifiers to reduce moisture levels inside your home.

  • Vacuum floors, and clean off counters and tables regularly.

  • Inspect packages, boxes, and potted plants for signs of cockroaches.

  • Thoroughly inspect used furniture or appliances for cockroaches before bringing them into your home.

  • Store food in air-tight containers or in the refrigerator. Never store food on counters or tables in bowls or other open containers.


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