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A Practical Guide To Effective Cockroach Control For Your Ogden Home

December 05, 2022

Keeping cockroaches away from your home is one of the most important parts of your Ogden pest control plan. These nasty little monsters spread all kinds of diseases and are just about impossible to get rid of once you have them. Fortunately, you don't have to sit around and wait for an infestation to come knocking. There's plenty you can do to prevent cockroach problems before they start. 

Types Of Roaches That Commonly Invade Ogden Homes

We have three main types of cockroaches here in Utah. They are the American cockroach, the oriental cockroach, and the German cockroach. Giant, brown cockroaches that exceed two inches in length are American. Segmented cockroaches that have diminished or no wings are oriental. Small, tan cockroaches that have two parallel stripes just behind their heads are German.

While you're likely to run into any one of these cockroaches in your Ogden home, the worst cockroach infestation to get is an infestation of German cockroaches. These roaches breed so fast that virtually no store-bought cockroach control product can keep up with them. This is true of most roach varieties, but it's especially true of German roaches. One or two German roaches can quickly balloon into a major infestation in a matter of just a few weeks or months. 

How Cockroaches Spread Around Dangerous Pathogens

There are several ways that cockroaches can spread disease. They can contaminate surfaces, such as kitchen countertops and eating areas, with their filthy feet. They can leave droppings near or even inside food stores. They might even die and decompose in and around the places you eat or store your food. This means they spread germs pretty much every second they are in your home. 

You need to take cockroach hazards seriously because they can make you seriously ill. In fact, cockroaches spread over 40 different types of pathogens, including those that cause: 

  • Cholera
  • Dysentery
  • Leprosy
  • Listeriosis
  • Plague
  • Salmonellosis
  • Typhoid Fever

These are significant illnesses that can put you in the hospital. This is why you need to do everything in your power to get rid of cockroaches the second you realize you have them. 

The Best Way To Get Rid Of Roaches In Your Home Fast

One of the best methods to keep cockroaches away is to make your home less attractive to them. You can do this by following these steps:

  • Keep all the trash cans on your property covered at all times.
  • Store all pantry foods in airtight containers.
  • Take care of moisture problems like condensation or leaking pipes. 
  • Declutter to reduce roach hiding spots. 
  • Never leave pet foods or dirty pet bowls sitting out. 

Following these tips can help prevent you from ever winding up with a cockroach problem in the first place because it encourages the cockroaches in your area to move on to easier pickings. If you make your home an inconvenient target, most of the time, cockroaches will move on to something else. 

Helpful Tips to Prevent Future Cockroach Infestations

If you see signs of cockroaches in your home, don't wait to act. By the time you start seeing evidence of cockroach presence, you probably already have a fairly serious infestation. To avoid winding up with an even bigger infestation or even a cockroach-borne illness, contact the cockroach experts here at Mountain West Pest Control. We've got the best cockroach control methods and tools to ensure that your home is free of these disgusting pests and your family is safe from the diseases they carry. So don't wait to call or click today.