Johnston County Pest Control

As part of the Raleigh metro area, many people call Johnston County home. It is far enough from the beach that residents do not see the worst of the hurricane season, and it is close enough that a weekend trip to the beach is easy. The many water sources in the area yield a beautiful landscape during most of the year. However, the water, humidity and plentiful food sources also make Johnston County a prime habitat for cockroaches.

Types Of Cockroaches

One of the most common types of roaches is the German cockroach. These pests are usually found in your bathroom or kitchen hiding under cracks and crevices. However, you may see them throughout the entire home when an infestation is bad. German cockroaches are small, flat and tan in color.

American cockroaches are usually found in your basement or near sewers. Their wings are longer than their bodies. They are usually reddish-brown to brown in color. These pests are slightly bigger than German cockroaches. The largest variation of roach is the Oriental cockroach. It may be an inch or longer. Oriental cockroaches may appear to be wingless. Their bodies are shiny and black. They typically thrive in wet basements, near sewers and under porches. These pests prefer dark places.

How Cockroaches Spread

If you live in an apartment building or townhouse where you share a wall with someone else, roaches may spread to your home from your neighbor's residence. They can travel through vents, under doors, through windows and through cracks in the foundation. Roaches multiply quickly, which means that a small problem can turn into an enormous infestation in a short amount of time.

Dangers Of Cockroaches

Cockroaches contaminate food supplies. If you open a food container and find a cockroach, throw it out immediately. Although it may not be visible at first glance, cockroaches regurgitate and defecate in food containers after they eat. Since they are also known to feed off of bacteria in sewers and garbage cans, they can spread many different types of harmful bacteria to not only your food supply but also counter tops and other surfaces in your home.

If you own a business that sells or serves food, cockroaches can damage your reputation. Most people consider roaches a sign of uncleanliness and will take their business elsewhere. Today, they may also post negative reviews that others will read, and this could hurt your business. For homeowners, the dangers lie with contamination. Also, your friends and family members may not want to visit as often if they know of a roach problem.

Cockroach Control In Johnston County

When you see cockroaches in your bathroom or kitchen, there are more in nearby areas of your home. They may be colonizing under your porch, in the basement or even behind the walls. Do not rely on ineffective sticky traps that only kill a few stray roaches. Also, avoid harmful chemical cocktails and ineffective DIY methods suggested online in forums. These can hurt your family members or pets. We use effective methods that quickly eliminate infestations and prevent future problems. At State Pest, we have been serving the area for more than 40 years. Please call us for a free quote and a prompt inspection.