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What are Cockroaches?

Cockroaches can be natural recyclers and help to reduce the number of animals and plants that are dying. The United States has about 70 species of Cockroaches. However, only a few are considered pests and can be problematic for humans. Cockroaches hide in the dark and scatter quickly when they feel threatened. The body of cockroaches is oval-shaped and has six legs that are covered with spines. They vary in size and appearance depending on the species. Below are the most commonly found cockroaches in North America.

What kinds of Cockroaches are there?

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How to keep cockroaches away from your home

By preventing cockroaches from getting into your home, you can avoid having to kill them. These are simple ways to prevent cockroaches entering your home.

Reinforce your home from cockroaches

Protecting your home's perimeter is another way to keep cockroach activity under control. Although it may seem difficult as cockroaches can get into a small crack, it is important to conceal any entry points. For the following reasons, it is a good idea to seek professional guidance and assistance:

  1. Sealing cracks on the exterior of your home
  2. Close gaps around windows and doors, and wherever utility lines enter your home.
  3. Screening and sealing sewer lines and vents.

Use proper food storage methods

Cockroaches will seek shelter in your home to satisfy their basic needs. You can eliminate them and prevent an infestation. These are some tips to help you avoid an infestation.

  1. Take care of your pets if you feed them outside.
  2. Check that counters, tables, and other surfaces are clean. Do not store food on desks at work or in other places of your home that could be forgotten.

Keep your home clean

A messy home is the ideal hiding place for cockroaches, especially the German Cockroach. These are some tips to help you keep your home tidy.

  1. Take down stacks of magazines, newspapers and paper. These can be great hiding spots and food sources for cockroaches.
  2. Regular vacuuming is a good way to get rid of dirt, dust, and crumbs.
  3. Get rid of the trash every day and keep the containers outside away from your home's entrances.
  4. If you find large cockroaches in your attic, garage, garage, utility room, or storage area, clean it.

How to get rid of cockroaches from your home

Most effective cockroach control requires multiple methods. It is important to have a plan before you begin the job.

  1. You can identify the type of cockroach living in your home. This will help you determine the best method to get rid of it. German cockroaches, for example, are most commonly found indoors. They also prefer areas that have food and water sources. Regular sanitation and the removal of food sources (including grease) may help reduce their population.
  2. Use glue traps. The traps will catch the roaches, which will then become stuck. For effective control, a pest control professional will know which glue traps are best and where they should be placed.
  3. Call an expert. Alta Pest Control Professionals will perform a thorough inspection to determine exactly where cockroaches hide -- and how they got there -- and then create a plan to remove them and provide lasting protection.

Cockroaches can be a formidable opponent, so it is a good idea to call a professional pest control company to get rid of them safely and effectively.

How Alta Pest Control Protects Your Home From Pests

All of our treatment plans are customized to your home and yard. We do this to ensure that you get the exact coverage you need to keep your home safe. All of our technicians and inspectors are experts in their field, so you can be sure that you are getting top-tier protection.


One of our expert technicians will inspect every inch of your home and business for pest activity. Then they will create a custom plan based on their findings.

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Once your custom plan is created, we will treat your home and yard to give you immediate relief from pests. Then, we will create a boundary around your property to prevent more pests from entering.

Follow Ups

After the initial service, we will conduct regular maintenance to ensure that your pest problems remain solved. We will also conduct free inspections for problem pests, such as termites.

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Cockroach Frequently Asked Questions

Are cockroaches dangerous?

People are at risk from Cockroaches. They live in filthy areas and then move into our homes carrying bacteria, human pathogens and parasites on their legs and bodies. They can contaminate your food and surfaces with their saliva, excrement and blood once they have entered your home. They can also contaminate your home with feces and shed skins, which can aggravate asthma and allergies, especially in children.


Cockroaches also produce a substance that stains surfaces and gives off a foul odor. Cockroaches can chew through and destroy paper and fabrics. They will scatter if you disturb them. However, if they are large enough, they might bite you when you're asleep.

Do I have cockroach problem?

Cockroaches can be prolific breeders so a few of them could quickly become a problem on your property. If they find suitable nesting areas and food sources, Cockroaches can quickly become a problem in your home or business. Cockroaches can quickly find their way into your home through cracks in the foundation, gaps in the roofline and windows. You can also introduce these insects into your home or other buildings by bringing used appliances, furniture, and groceries bags.

Where will I find cockroaches in my area?

It all depends on which species of cockroach you are looking for. Australian and American cockroaches both prefer to live outside, but they can easily move indoors if necessary. Outside cockroaches can be found in forests, gardens, garbage piles, and close to drains and sewers.

Others, such as the German roach, prefer indoor life. They are common pests in restaurants, grocery stores and hotels. Cockroaches that live inside prefer to hide in dark, damp places. Cockroaches love to nest indoors in places like under sinks, kitchen drawers, cabinets, wall voids close to pipes, basements, and bathrooms.

How can I rid myself of cockroaches?

Alta Pest Control, a family-owned business, is the best option to eliminate cockroaches in your home or office. You can rest assured that your pest problems won't return and we will respond quickly. Our pest experts provide high-quality control services using only the best products to eradicate cockroaches from your properties. Find out why Alta Pest Control is the preferred pest control company for your neighbors. Give us a shout today!

What can I do to prevent cockroaches from returning in the future?

Partner with Alta Pest Control to prevent cockroach problems. Also, follow these prevention tips:

  • You can replace white outdoor light bulbs with yellow or LED bulbs. They are less appealing to cockroaches or other insects.
  • As much as possible, keep outdoor lights off.
  • You can seal cracks and gaps in your foundation and exterior walls.
  • Between any soil or mulch, place a stone or crushed-rock barrier.
  • Exterior doors can be fitted with door sweeps.
  • Weatherstripping should be placed around doors and windows. Replace any broken or damaged screens.
  • Dehumidifiers can be used to reduce moisture in your home.
  • Check that gutters are free of debris and that water is directed away from your house.
  • Place tightly sealed lids on compost bins and outdoor trash cans.
  • Make sure outdoor eating areas are clean.
  • All food and pet food should be kept in your home.


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