You might have cockroaches in your apartment in Rochester, NH and rarely see them. It might even be the case that you never see them, even if you’re sure they are around. Ever turn on the lights and hear a scattering sound? That could very well be cockroaches.
There are other signs of cockroaches that may clue you in to their existence. For one, they leave brown and irregular smear marks where water is abundant as they crawl through it. You might also find egg cases, or molted skin. But worst of all is finding cockroach droppings.
Why cockroaches are dangerous
Cockroach droppings resemble coffee grounds, but they sure don’t smell like them! If you see something like this and suspect that it may be anything other than coffee, do not smell it. It will not be pleasant, and could be dangerous.
Not only will they not smell like coffee, but cockroach droppings can also cause an allergic reaction. They can also be harmful to those with asthma. Avoid breathing in anything you suspect might be cockroach droppings.
Cockroaches are more than just gross—they can also be hazardous to your health. The bugs and their droppings can transmit diseases and harmful bacteria. They have also been known to spread six different types of parasitic worms. (As if you needed more reason to prevent cockroaches in your apartment in Rochester, NH, now you can add parasitic worms to the list!)
How to prevent cockroaches in apartments
Cockroaches love dirty places. The more old food left sitting out, the more garbage strewn around, the more dirty clothes left lying on the floor and other places for them to hide, the better, as far as they’re concerned. So, step one to prevent cockroaches in your apartment in Rochester, NH is to keep your apartment clean.
But the thing about cockroaches is that they don’t care if you’re the cleanest person in the world—they may still take up residence in your apartment. That’s because, while your place may be sparkling, your neighbor’s place may be the opposite. They’ll hang out at your place, get takeout from the neighbor’s place and come back to share with the family.
You want to stop them from getting inside in the first place. To do this, you can seal any cracks of holes around the doors, windows or other entryways to your apartment. Be sure to check the basement, too, if applicable.
Make sure to keep garbage in sealed containers and take the trash out on a regular basis (that means not waiting until it’s spilling out). In addition to cleaning up after yourself, pay extra attention to the kitchen area. Don’t leave any crumbs or other food waste lying around. And be sure to pay extra attention to the area under the sink and under appliances—these damp, dark spots are exactly what cockroaches are looking for.
To take care of any cockroach problems bugging you in your apartment in Rochester, NH, call Dependable Pest Solutions today.