Cockroaches are hardy pests that have lived on earth since the time of the dinosaurs. Most types of cockroaches are capable of spreading bacteria, worms, and other pathogens to humans. At Pestex, we offer cockroach control in Boston and Framingham for all cockroach species.
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Despite its name, the American cockroach actually originated in Africa and arrived in America aboard ships in the 1600s. This is the largest type of cockroach found in homes and commercial buildings. They often infest areas where food is stored and prepared, such as basements, inside structures, and in alleys where garbage is stored.
You can prevent an infestation by:
- Vacuuming often
- Keeping trash in tightly closed containers
- Keeping the kitchen clean
- Storing food in sealed containers
- Ventilating basements and crawlspaces
- Sealing any cracks or holes where bugs can get inside
American cockroaches can spread at least 33 types of bacteria, six kinds of parasitic worms, and other pathogens. They often pick up germs while crawling through sewage and transport the pathogens into food sources that they infest. For this reason, it is important to call for cockroach control in Boston and surrounding areas at the first sign of an infestation.
These cockroaches can be recognized by the lighter bands on darker bodies. Male brownbanded cockroaches have full wings, while females are shorter with underdeveloped wings. This pest is often found in dryer and warmer locations and may hide their eggs under furniture or glued to surfaces. They can spread many different human pathogens and trigger allergic reactions and asthma symptoms.
Because these pests can transmit bacteria, worms, and other pathogens, steps should be taken to eradicate the infestation and prevent future infestations. This can be done by ventilating basements and crawlspaces, keeping garbage in sealed containers, emptying the garbage frequently, and keeping counters and floors free of crumbs and spills.
This is the most common species of cockroach. The bugs prefer to live in crevices near food and moisture, which is why they are often found in residential and commercial kitchens and bathrooms. They can get into the house inside grocery bags, cardboard boxes, and secondhand furniture and appliances.
The German cockroach has been associated with spreading illness and causing allergic reactions in children. They can also aggravate asthma symptoms in adults and children. Like other types of cockroaches, they are attracted to food and moisture. You can help prevent infestations by keeping the kitchen clean, vacuuming often, removing trash regularly, and calling a professional at the first sign of an infestation.
This species is recognizable by its shiny black color. Oriental cockroaches live in stones, leaves, and other debris outside. They often enter the house through air ducts, pipes, and food drains. Oriental cockroaches like to hide in basements and crawlspaces and feed on decaying matter either indoors or outside.
If they get into food sources or crawl on counters, they can spread disease to humans. We recommend contacting us as soon as possible, so we can identify the type of cockroach that has invaded your home and recommend the most effective cockroach control for your Boston-area home.