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About Cockroaches

The best words to describe the cockroaches are adaptable, opportunistic, scavengers, and unsanitary. Cockroaches have flat, oval-shaped bodies. Their bodies are dark in color and usually have a shiny or greasy appearance. The cockroach's six legs are generally their primary mode of transportation, though some will use their wings to fly short distances.

Though thousands of species of roaches live worldwide, only a handful have made themselves well known as household pests. In our area, the most common cockroaches that homeowners have to battle in the Boise area include the following.

  • German cockroaches: Small, fast-moving cockroaches, German cockroaches are the most common roach species to invade structures.
  • American cockroaches: The largest cockroach to find their way into structures in the U.S., American roaches can fly.
  • Oriental cockroaches: Small, slow-moving roaches, Oriental cockroaches have high moisture needs, and though they are not aquatic, they live near sources of water or excess moisture.

Cockroaches are dangerous pests to have in any property; a pest control treatment from Affinity Pest Control is the most effective way to eliminate cockroaches from your Boise home. 

Are cockroaches dangerous?

Cockroaches are never a welcome sight in any of our Biose homes. Cockroaches are known for living in unsanitary conditions. As they travel and forage for food, they come into contact with many different pathogens that cause gastrointestinal problems and other health risks.

When cockroaches find a way into a home, they contaminate food prep areas, utensils, dishes, and food with various things that make us ill. Other risks associated with a cockroach infestation include asthma attacks, parasite infections, and staining surfaces with their excrement.

Why do I have a cockroach problem?

Cockroaches like American roaches and Oriental roaches regularly move into our homes from the outside while searching for food and water. The flat body of the cockroach allows them to move indoors through the smallest of spaces, including cracks in the foundation, vents, drains, or gaps they discover around windows and doors.

The German cockroach has adapted to living indoors with people. These roaches move easiest from place to place by hitchhiking. Secondhand furniture, appliances, electronics, cardboard boxes, and grocery bags with cockroaches hiding within them regularly cause cockroach infestations.

Where will I find cockroaches?

Cockroaches are mainly nocturnal and therefore remain hidden during the day and emerge at night to forage for food. However, in the case of a large infestation or when food sources are low, it is common to see them out and about during the day.

Cockroaches like to hide in a home's dark, warm, damp areas like kitchens, bathrooms, utility rooms, laundry rooms, basements, and crawl spaces. Cockroaches are prolific breeders, so it is very common for large infestations to develop in short periods of time.

Knowing some of their favorite hideouts is essential so you can regularly inspect those areas.

  • Behind cabinets, sinks, and tubs
  • Cracks in floors and walls
  • Within electrical outlets and light fixtures
  • Wall voids
  • Behind refrigerators and other large appliances

The sooner a problem with these unsanitary pests is discovered, the sooner you can contact us to remove them.

How do I get rid of cockroaches?

The best way to accurately identify the cockroaches that have found their way into your home and get rid of them as quickly as possible is to partner with a professional. You can trust the professionals at Affinity Pest Control and our over 20 years of experience to provide you with pest control services in Boise, Idaho that are effective, responsible, and eco-friendly.

We are committed to our customers and providing high-quality treatments that are safe for your home, family, and pets. For more information about ridding your Idaho property of cockroaches with the help of the professionals at Affinity Pest Control and our guaranteed services, call today!

How can I prevent cockroaches in the future?

The most effective way to prevent problems with cockroaches is to partner with us at Affinity Pest and implement the following prevention tips:

  • Cockroaches thrive on the food and sources of water they find in our homes. Take away their easy access to both by regularly remove trash from your home and place it outside in containers with locking lids.
  • Store leftovers in the fridge, never out on counters or tables.
  • Remove crumbs by regularly pulling out and cleaning behind and under large appliances.
  • Vacuum floors and upholstered furniture regularly.
  • Store pantry goods in hard-sided containers with airtight lids.
  • Repair leaky pipes and use dehumidifiers to keep damp areas of your home dry.
  • In addition, prevent problems with cockroaches by doing things like inspecting secondhand items before bringing them into your home, sealing cracks and other openings in your home's exterior, and placing mesh covers over vents and drains leading into your home.